May 2, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- New Mexico softball dropped a 6-3 decision Friday night in game one of a doubleheader against UNLV at Eller Media Stadium. Senior Ashley Allen went 1-for-2 in the contest with an RBI. The Lobos rallied for three runs in the sixth inning but could not overcome the early deficit. New Mexico dropped to 23-21 with the loss and 5-8 in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV improved to 24-34-1 and 4-11 in league play.
UNLV struck first in game one with a run in the second inning. Caitlyn Paus delivered a run-scoring single up the middle allowing Alyssia De La Torre to score from second.
The Rebels continued to produce offensively with three more runs in the third inning on four hits. UNLV led off the inning with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI double by Ashli Holland. Brittany Meade had an RBI sacrifice fly during the inning while Laura Briones plated the final run with a base hit to right field. After four innings, UNLV lead 4-0 and had out-hit the Lobos, 10-1.
Senior Ashley Allen had the first and only hit for New Mexico in the third inning. Allen lined a shot up the middle past the UNLV pitcher.
The Lobos threatened in the top of the fifth inning. UNM tried to capitalize on two walks and had runners at second and third. A groundout finished the inning and stranded both runners.
UNM finally struck in the sixth inning with three runs. The Lobos batted around the lineup recording four walks. Freshman Tianna George and Allen both received RBI's after walking with bases loaded. Sophomore Erin Brandow plated the final run on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Lobos cut the deficit to 4-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
The Rebels responded with two additional runs in the home half of the sixth and regained a 6-3 lead. UNLV held on for a 6-3 victory after getting the Lobos down in order in the seventh.
Senior Kelly Ninemire took the loss and dropped to 15-14. Ninemire allowed six runs on 13 hits.
Heather Slettvet threw a complete game one-hitter against the Lobos. Slettvet allowed three runs and improved to 4-15.
Game two is currently underway here in Las Vegas. A complete recap will be posted after the game.
The Lobos travel to San Diego, Calif., Saturday to face the Aztecs at 1 p.m. UNM concludes the final road trip of the year against SDSU at 1 p.m. PT.