New Mexico Softball beats Syracuse, 5-4 in Extra Innings
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/06/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 6, 2009

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Katie Gilmore knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the University of New Mexico in a 5-4 win over Syracuse tonight at Lobo Field. The Lobos start the season 1-0 while Syracuse drops to 0-1.

"I'm proud of the way our team battled throughout the game," said head coach Ty Singleton. "I couldn't be more proud of the way our team dueled tonight. We don't have an overpowering pitcher but we have a great defense. I couldn't be more proud of the response from the team going in to the eighth inning. We recovered, we battled and it was sure fun to come back and win."

UNM was ahead 4-1 in the top of the seventh inning when Gaby Torzilli hit a lead off home run. A triple by Stephanie Watts took a ball off the right field fence while scoring teammate Jamie Kelling. Two UNM throwing errors helped Watts cross the plate to tie the game.

True freshman Shenise Cox singled on a dribbler down the first base line to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Gilmore swung at a 2-1 fast ball down and in and put a ball in play. Second baseman Stephanie Watts came up throwing and threw the ball over the head of third baseman Hallie Gibbs that allowed Cox to easily cross the plate and secure the victory for the Lobos.

Senior Analise Rubalcava pitched seven innings for the Lobos in her collegiate debut as a pitcher. True freshman Danielle Castro (1-0) received the win for the Lobos with one inning of work.

Samantha Hughes went 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Lobos.

The Lobos host game two of a three game home stand against Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1:00 p.m. MT. at Lobo Field. Live video and Gametracker will be provided through All-Access available at www.GoLobos.com.