Sept. 30, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball swept a doubleheader Saturday against New Mexico Highlands at Lobo Field. The Lobos beat the Cowgirls, 9-5, in the first game and dominated the second, 11-4. Senior Liz Young highlighted the action going 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored. The Lobos pounded out 26 hits on the day, including four long balls.
"I was very pleased with their effort," said UNM head coach Ty Singleton. "We faced a well coached New Mexico Highlands squad and they played hard. We played two completely different lineups and everyone played a lot. We were consistent and didn't let down at any point. We still have a lot to work on but I'm very happy with our progress."
UNM scored nine runs in the first game on 14 hits. The Lobos plated three runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Singleton's crew added another four runs in the third and two more in the sixth to seal the victory. Lindsey Elcess led the Lobos in the opener, going 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. UNM had six players with multiple hits.
The Cowgirls put up five runs in game one but waited until the top of the seventh to post four runs. Despite the late comeback, it wasn't enough falling 9-5.
The Lobos dominated game two scoring in every inning but the fourth. UNM posted 11 runs on 12 hits, including three home runs and three doubles. Sara Loeffelholz led the Lobos after going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Analise Rubalcava also had a big day going 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored twice.
New Mexico Highlands scored four runs the second game. The Cowgirls plated two in the opening frame but was shut down until the seventh. Highlands score two more runs in the last inning.
Five different Lobos pitched in the doubleheader. Caley Peterson started game one and pitched three innings, allowing a run on three hits. Transfer Kelly Ninemire came on in relief to pitch three innings of no-hit ball.
Brittany Crail pitched the final inning of game one giving up four runs on four hits. Crail managed to come back and started game two but only went one inning. In game two, Crail allowed two runs on one hit despite two fielding miscues. Freshmen Tori Rogers and Gabrielle Parra both pitched three innings in game two. Rogers, who went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and run, only allowed one hit in her first appearance. Parra went three in the circle giving two runs on two hits.
UNM will continue fall action next weekend in a scrimmage with Odessa Community College. The scrimmage is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. MT and will be held at Lobo Field. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.