March 11, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. --- New Mexico softball reached the championship game of the Jayhawk Classic Sunday and finished second after going 3-2 on the weekend. The Lobos dropped a 3-0 decision to Kansas in the championship game at Arrocha Ballpark. The final day of the tournament was highlighted by a game-winning grand slam by sophomore Analise Rubalcava in the bottom of the sixth inning to clinch an 8-4 victory over Drake in the conclusion of the Saturday night game that was suspended due to darkness. UNM closed out its third weekend of the year with a 5-8 record.
The Lobos cruised through the final two innings against Drake and was aggressive offensively at the plate in the sixth inning scoring four runs. Senior Becky Dover led off the inning with a walk and was followed by a single by freshman Sara Loeffelholz. Junior Ashley Allen sacrificed the runners to second and third, sophomore Samantha Hughes walked to load the bases for Rubalcava. Rubalcava drove a line drive over the right center field walk to clear the bases and give UNM an 8-4 victory. The win advanced the Lobos to the title game against the host Kansas.
UNM and the Jayhawks were scoreless through the first two innings before KU plated a run in the third. The Lobos were knocking on the door throughout the game after walking seven times and getting six runners into scoring position. Despite having numerous players reach base, UNM was held hitless in the game by senior Kassie Humphreys. Humphreys pitched a complete game no-hitter striking out eight. She was also productive at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. KU added two runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth to seal the 4-0 victory and claiming the title.
Junior Kelly Ninemire pitched the first five innings for UNM before Tori Rogers came on in relief. Ninemire took the loss and falls to 2-5 but pitched well allowing three runs on six hits. Rogers pitched the final inning giving up a run on two hits.
The Lobos will return home to host Utah Valley State in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 starting at 4 p.m. For complete coverage of UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.