Feb. 24, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico junior Analise Rubalcava belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning to highlight a 6-4 comeback victory for the Lobos over Missouri Saturday night. The victory over the Tigers was the first for New Mexico in the Lobo Invitational held at Lobo Field. UNM improved to 5-5 with the win, while MU moves to 8-5 on the season.
Missouri broke open the scoreless tie in the third inning with three runs. The Tigers opened the inning with back-to-back hits by Andee Allen and Rhea Taylor to leadoff. Julie Silver was credited with a sacrifice fly to centerfield allowing Allen to score the first run of the game. Taylor eventually scored on a towering home run to left field by Lindsey Ubrun. After the damage, MU led the game 3-0.
The Tigers continued to apply more offensive pressure in the fourth, plating another run and extending their lead to 4-0. MU collected three hits in the inning before UNM replaced starter Kyla Nelson for senior Kelly Ninemire.
Ninemire dominated from that point on and shut down the Missouri bats. She pitched the final 3.1 innings allowing two hits and no runs with six strikeouts. Ninemire won her third game of the year and now has a 3-2 overall record with a 1.71 ERA.
In the fourth inning, New Mexico came alive offensively. The Lobos erupted for five runs in the inning including Rubalcava's three-run bomb to right center field. Freshman Tianna George leadoff the inning with a walk and quickly scored after senior Lindsey Elcess doubled to left center field. Elcess, who followed George in the lineup, drove a pitch out and away into the gap in left plating the Lobos first run.
Freshman Gabriella Parra continued the rally with a single to score Elcess before Katie Gilmore reached on a fielder's choice. With two runners on base and no outs, Rubalcava cleared the bases and gave UNM its first lead at 5-4.
The final run of the contest came on a solo home run by Elcess to right field. The homer was her third of the season and capped off a 2-for-2 performance with two RBI and two runs scored. Elcess was the only Lobo to collect multiple hits in the game.
UNM finished with six runs on five hits including the Elcess and Rubalcava homers. Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz and Parra each had singles.
Missouri had three players with multiple hits including Taylor, Silver and Allen. The Tigers scored their four runs on eight hits. Jen Bruck took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year.
This was the first meeting between Singleton and his former squad. Singleton left Missouri after the 2006 season to become the third head coach in New Mexico softball history. While at Missouri, Singleton led the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances in four years.
The Lobo Invitational will continue Sunday with the two makeup games. The revised scheduled will be Missouri and Washington starting at 10:30 a.m. followed by New Mexico and Texas Tech at 1 p.m. Gametracker and live video will be available for both games on www.GoLobos.com.