May 7, 2009
PROVO, Utah --- BYU's Jessica Purcell hit two home runs Thursday and had six RBIs helping the Cougars defeat New Mexico softball 6-3 at Miller Park. Lobo junior Cristin Anderson went 2-for-3 and had the teams only RBI. New Mexico had six hits in the contest but could not overcome the homers despite a late rally. The Lobos slipped to 12-34 overall and 3-10 in the Mountain West Conference. The league-leading Cougars moved to 38-15 and 11-1 in conference.
Purcell gave BYU an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run shot to left center field.
New Mexico cut the deficit in half in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by senior Samantha Hughes. Hughes deep fly to left field allowed Anderson to tag and score from third. Anderson led off the third inning with a double down the left field line.
The game would remain 2-1 until Purcell struck again for BYU in the fifth inning. Purcell came up with the bases loaded and with one swing clinched the victory. Purcell blasted her second homer of the game and picked up four RBIs. The homer gave BYU a 6-1 lead.
New Mexico rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh after loading the bases. Hughes had a sacrifice fly in the inning and junior Katie Gilmore had an RBI.
Lobo freshman Danielle Castro took the loss in the circle. Castro dropped to 3-16 on the season.
Christie Zinanti got the win for BYU while Paige Affleck had the save.
UNM will face Utah Friday at 4 p.m. before closing out the season Saturday at 1 p.m. The games will be available via gametracker on GoLobos.com.