April 28, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- New Mexico softball swept San Diego State Friday night in a doubleheader held at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The Lobos pitched two shutouts against the Aztecs taking game one, 1-0 and game two, 4-0. Senior Caley Peterson highlighted the doubleheader after throwing seven scoreless innings in the nightcap to record her first victory of the year. UNM moved to 17-17 overall and 6-3 in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU fell to 27-21 and 3-9 in league play.
Game one was a true pitchers dual between UNM junior Kelly Ninemire and SDSU junior Christina Ross. The Lobos pulled out the 1-0 victory but both teams struggled to get anything going offensively. UNM stranding seven on-base during the game, while the Aztecs left five on the bases.
UNM plated its only run in the top of the sixth inning after junior Lindsey Elcess led off with a single to center. Senior Jennifer Deitrich came on to pinch run and eventually scored on a ground out by Gilmore.
Gilmore led UNM at the plate with two hits and an RBI. It was Gilmore's ninth multiple hit game of her career. Elcess was 1-for-3 and extended her hitting streak to seven games.
SDSU threatened in the third and seventh innings but stellar defensive play by UNM killed all rally attempts.
Ninemire (11-9) cruised through seven innings striking out three batters and only gave two walks. The shutout was her third of the year and her 10th complete game. This season, Ninemire has a team-leading 3.50 ERA.
Ross (19-11) took the loss for SDSU after giving up a run on four hits. Janae Portugal was 1-for-2 for the Aztecs, while Dani Sidoti was 1-for-3.
Peterson started in the circle for UNM in game two and dominated. Peterson recorded her first complete game shutout of the year and moved to 1-5 this season.
SDSU had its best scoring chances in the first and fourth innings after getting two runners on-base. Peterson ended the rallies with strikeouts and breezed through her best outing of the year. Peterson has five strikeouts in the game and received run support from the offense.
UNM scored three runs in the fifth inning on three hits and a fielding error. Junior Ashley Allen led off the inning with a perfectly placed bunt down the first base line. Allen advanced to second on an infield single by senior Ryanne Hodgins. With two on base and one out, sophomore Samantha Hughes had an infield single that allowed everyone to advance. Sophomore Analise Rubalcava hit a hard grounder to first base that the fielder couldn't handle and allowed all three runners to score.
Hughes scored the final run of game two in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Rubalcava.
Rubalcava was 3-for-4 in the game with two RBI. Hodgins was 1-for-3 with a run and Hughes was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Melissa Owens (8-8) returned to the Aztecs lineup after missing the last month with an injury. Owens started the game and went seven innings allowing four runs on seven hits.
The Lobos return to action Saturday at UNLV. The game is slated for 6 p.m. PT and is the first of a three game set in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.