March 10, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. --- New Mexico softball fell to Kansas, 5-0, Saturday and was tied 4-4 in the top of the sixth with Drake in the nightcap before play was suspended due to darkness. The Lobos are the No. 2 seeded team in the tournament and will finish the game against the Bulldogs Sunday at 10 a.m. UNM is 4-8 after the loss to Kansas and will determine its tournament fate with the conclusion of the Drake game.
UNM opened play Saturday against KU and held the former Big 12 tournament champs scoreless until the fourth inning. The Jayhawks scored a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and a run in the sixth to win, 5-0. KU senior Kassie Humphreys pitched a complete game two-hit shutout and improved to 8-2.
The Lobos forced the action in the top of the fourth with two runners in scoring position and no outs but could not push across a run. UNM tried to score again the fifth but left a runner stranded at second. Juniors Lindsey Elcess and Ashley Allen had the only two hits for the Lobos against Humphreys.
UNM threw three different pitchers against the Jayhawks. Junior Kelly Ninemire (1-4) started and went four innings allowing a run on five hits. Freshman Tori Rogers came on in the fifth and gave up three unearned runs and a hit. Rogers pitched an inning before senior Caley Peterson closed out the game.
In the nightcap, Drake scored two runs in the first inning and another in the third to jump ahead of the Lobos, 3-0. UNM rebounded with two hits and a walk in the bottom of the third inning to plate a run. Senior Ryanne Hodgins scored the run for the Lobos on an RBI single by Analise Rubalcava.
The Bulldogs pushed across another run in the fourth inning to lead 4-1. UNM came alive offensively and tied the game at four in the home half of the fourth. Senior Amy Ray led off with a walk that was followed by an Elcess RBI double to off the center field wall. Elcess later came around to score on a single down the left field line by Allen. The game tying run was scored by Sara Loeffelholz, who stole third and scored after the ball got away from the fielder.
Rogers started the game for UNM and went the first two innings. Ninemire pitched the other three innings and was in the circle when the game was suspended.
The game remained tied at 4-4 until the top of the sixth when play was suspended due to darkness. The game will be resumed at 10 a.m. Sunday and will be followed by the consolation and championship games. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.