Feb. 11, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. --- New Mexico softball dropped a 5-0 decision to Florida Sunday in the final game of the Kajikawa Classic held in Tempe, Ariz. The Lobos collected six hits against the Gators and fall to 1-4 on the year. Florida improves to 4-1 after the victory. UNM concludes its opening tournament that was highlighted by a 13-1 upset over No.3 UCLA Saturday.
UNM opened the game with a double to centerfield by sophomore Samantha Hughes but was stranded at third after a line shot from junior Lindsey Elcess was snagged out of the air by Florida shortstop Lauren Roussell.
In the bottom of the first, freshman catcher Francesca Enea gave the Gators an early 2-0 with a two run homerun over the centerfield fence.
The Gators scored two unearned runs in the third inning after drawing three walks and hitting into a fielders choice. Junior Kelly Ninemire came on in relief of UNM starter Caley Peterson and got the Lobos out of the inning.
UNM had two hits in the fourth and fifth innings but could not get the timely hits to plate a run. In the fourth inning, freshmen Katie Gilmore and Gabriella Parra both had singles up the middle. Brandow led off the fifth inning with a single up the middle and was followed by Rubalcava who collected her second hit of the day with a shot to centerfield.
Melissa Zick extended the Gators lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning with a leadoff solo shot to right center field. Following the home run, Ninemire retired the next three batters to get UNM out of the inning. Tori Rogers pitched the final two innings for UNM and limited UF to two hits.
Sophomore Stacey Nelson was the winning pitcher for improved to 3-0 with the victory for Florida.
UNM returns to action on March 2-4 at the Buzz Classic hosted by George Tech. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.