April 12, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball run-ruled Colorado State, 15-4, Saturday in five inning at Lobo Field. The Lobos recorded 13 hits against the Rams and tied a season-high for runs with 15. Sophomore Katie Gilmore highlighted UNM's performance after going 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Senior Kelly Ninemire pitched a complete game for New Mexico and improved to 13-9. The Lobos are 19-14 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain West Conference. CSU fell to 20-15 on the season and 1-4 in league play.
The Rams came back to tie the game in the third inning. CSU scored twice on two hits but stranded bases loaded. One of the runs for Colorado State came after UNM hit a batter with bases loaded.
UNM quickly regained the lead with six runs in the home half of the third. UNM batted around in the order and had four hits. The Lobos had a couple of bases loaded walks and used some timely hits to break away from CSU. During the inning, Gilmore, freshman Tianna George and freshman Kim Holyfield had three consecutive singles.
CSU got a solo home run in the fourth and plated another run in the fifth on two doubles. The Rams had four runs in the game on seven hits. CSU threw all four pitchers during the contest and Cayte Billman took the loss.
The Lobos reached the run-rule limit in the bottom of the fourth. UNM scored seven runs and batted around the order for the second time in the game. The Lobos had five hits in the inning including a two-RBI double by Holyfield. Gilmore had two hits during the inning. After the winning, UNM lead 15-3 and easily cruised to the victory despite giving up a run in the fifth.
Ninemire pitched well and recorded her 13th win of the year. She threw five innings allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.
UNM and CSU play Sunday at 1 p.m. to finish the series. Gametracker and live video will be available through www.GoLobos.com.