Feb. 21, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After a disappointing Friday, the University of New Mexico bounced back with sweep of Texas Tech (6-4) and Drake (11-9) today in the New Mexico Invitational at Lobo Field. UNM moved to 5-7 on the year, snapping a four-game slide.
Analise Rubalcava went 2-3 with a home run, two RBI, and pitched seven strong innings to lead UNM in its win over Texas Tech (3-8).
New Mexico put up two runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and relief pitcher Kerry Hodgins retired the final seven batters as the Lobos' handed Drake (6-2) its second loss of the season. The 11 runs were a season-high for UNM, while Hodgins (1-0) notched her first collegiate victory.
Drake right fielder Bridget Shields overran Cristin Anderson's single to right, allowing Tianna George to score from first and Anderson to move to third. Samantha Hughes then beat out an infield single to drive in Anderson.
Earlier in the day, New Mexico broke open a 3-3 game versus Texas Tech when Rubalcava doubled to left, past a diving Stephanie Drewry, to score Katie Gilmore, who had singled and stolen second.
The Lobos - who were officially the visiting team in the tournament bracket - added two more in the top of sixth off Texas Tech reliever Alex Watkins (0-1).
Tianna George drove in Erin Brandow on a scorching double off the center-field fence. Cristin Anderson sacrificed George over to third and Samantha Hughes drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Red Raiders had the tying run at the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but the converted third baseman Rubalcava (3-4) induced ground outs from Holley Gench and pinch hitter Tye Coats to end the threat.
After falling behind early in its previous two games, New Mexico struck first in the second inning when Rubalcava drilled a 3-1 pitch from Texas Tech starter Ashly Jacobs over the left field scoreboard for her second home run of the year.
Following a Shenice Cox double to left-center and a Shaunte Duarte walk, Anderson punched a two-out double into left field to give the Lobos a 3-0 lead. The Lobos' second baseman entered the day just 2-17 on the season with no RBIs.
The Red Raiders pulled even with three runs in the bottom of the third. Leah Legler led off the inning with a bloop single to right, Drewry reached on a bunt, and Megan Shupp singled to center to drive in Legler.
The Lobos, however, gave two away when the third baseman, Duarte, was unable to hold onto a throw from the shortstop, George, resulting in a two-base error. Instead of getting the force out at third, the ball skipped toward the UNM dugout, allowing Dury to score and Shapp to advance to third.
Two outs later, Eiben dropped a bloop single to left, plating the third run of the inning.
New Mexico's defense was sensational in the sixth inning, however. George gunned down a Red Raider runner from deep in the shortstop hole, with a beautiful stretch from first baseman Katie Gilmore. Anderson flashed some leather with a nifty pick and throw for the second out, then closed out the inning with a sensational diving stop and toss to George.