May 3, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball was swept in a doubleheader Thursday afternoon by BYU in two Mountain West Conference games held at Lobo Field. The Lobos dropped game one, 4-1, and fell 7-4 in game two. BYU collected 17 hits and belted three home runs to seal the victories. UNM falls to 18-21 overall and 7-7 in the MWC, while the Cougars improve to 36-16 on the year and 12-2 in league play.
BYU slowly pulled away in game one after scoring a run in the second, third and fourth innings. The first Cougar run was on a solo homer by Andrea Ramirez to right center field. Freshman Angeline Quiocho scored the run in the third after leading off with a walk. Quiocho scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Jennifer Whiteley. Emi Snow leadoff the fourth with a double to left field and eventually scored on a single by junior Daniela Urincho-Snow.
The final run for BYU came in the seventh after Urincho-Snow scored on a Quiocho single to left field.
The only UNM run in game one was scored in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Analise Rubalcava slapped a single through the left side of the infield and came home on a ground out by freshman Katie Gilmore.
Rubalcava and Gilmore led the Lobos offensively. Rubalcava was 1-for-1 with a run, while Gilmore was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
UNM responded in game two taking a quick 3-0 lead after the four innings. The Lobos received a solo home run from senior Amy Ray in the first inning. The homer was her team leading seventh of the year.
Junior Ashley Allen crushed her second homer of the year to leadoff the second inning. Allen blasted an inside pitch over the left field fence and helped keep the momentum on the Lobos side.
The Cougars came roaring back in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. BYU hit back-to-back home runs with two outs to cap the comeback. Jodi Norton clubbed a two-run shot to center field after Whiteley was called safe on a throwing error by the UNM pitcher. Snow followed with a long home run to left field.
UNM regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth on two hits and a fielding error. Ray scored the go ahead run after hitting a single to right to leadoff the inning. Junior Lindsey Elcess also had a single in the inning.
BYU clinched the game with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The Cougars had six hits in the final two frames to down the Lobos, 7-4, and complete the doubleheader sweep.
UNM junior Kelly Ninemire takes the loss in both games and goes to 12-12 on the year. Ninemire started game one and pitched seven innings allowing four runs on seven hits. In game two, Ninemire came on in relief of starter Caley Peterson but gave up four runs on six hits in 2.1 innings.
Christie Zinanti recorded both wins for BYU and moved to 17-6 overall. Zinantai gave up a run on four hits in the opener and pitched a complete game. She came on in relief to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings in game two only allowing a hit.
UNM returns to action Friday against Utah in a single game set for 3 p.m. at Lobo Field. The Lobos came be followed via gametracker and all access video online at www.GoLobos.com.