May 4, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico junior Ashley Allen went 3-for-3 with three runs and five RBI to highlight the Lobos, 15-5, run-rule victory over Utah in five innings Friday at Lobo Field. UNM exploded for 15 runs on eight hits, including a grand slam by freshman Katie Gilmore. The Lobos move to 19-21 and 8-7 in the Mountain West Conference. The eight league wins is the most for UNM since 2002 season. The Utes fall to 23-23-1 and 3-11 in conference play.
Utah opened the game with a lot of energy and excitement after scoring three runs in the first inning. The Utes had three of their six hits in the opening frame including a two-RBI double by Staci Hemingway.
It wasn't until the second inning when things started to go New Mexico's way. The Lobos erupted for nine runs on five hits and four walks. UNM had two home runs in the inning after Allen belted a solo homer to left and Gilmore hit her grand slam to right field.
The Utes plated a run in the top of the third after a leadoff walk by Kristie Keller. Keller eventually scored on a UNM fielding error.
UNM put the game out of reach in the home half of the third inning with six more runs. Allen highlighted the inning with a triple to right center field scoring three runs and eventually scored on the play after a throwing error by Utah. Junior Lindsey Elcess and senior Becky Dover both had RBIs in the inning.
Utah tried to rally with a run in the fourth but UNM held strong and closed out the victory in five innings.
Junior Kelly Ninemire started the game and threw her 13th complete game of the year. Ninemire gave up three runs early but settled in to strikeout two and held the Utes to six hits. Ninemire gets the win and goes to 13-12 overall after giving up five runs in the game.
Utah threw three pitchers with starter Karina Cannon (7-9) taking the loss after allowing nine runs on six hits.
Allen had one of her best games this season going 3-for-3 with three runs and five RBI. Allen hit her third homer of the year all coming in the last four games. Gilmore was 1-for-3 with a run and four RBI after hitting a grand slam. The shot was her fifth round tripper of the campaign.
The Lobos are two games under .500 with five games remaining on the schedule and have doubled their total number of conference wins from last season. UNM has eight MWC victories for the first time since 2002, when the Lobos were 10-11.
The Lobos and Utes play their series finale Saturday at noon. The game is available on gametracker and all access via www.GoLobos.com.