March 27, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball scored 19 runs on a season-high 25 hits to run-rule Eastern New Mexico, 19-2, in five inning Tuesday night at Lobo Field. UNM tied its third most runs scored in school history and batted around the lineup twice in the game. New Mexico is 8-13 after the victory, while ENMU falls to 20-18.
The Lobos were led at the plate by sophomore Samantha Hughes and junior Lindsey Elcess. Hughes went 3-for-3 including a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. Hughes also scored three times and had six RBI. Elcess hit her second home run of the year while collecting six RBI and going 2-for-2 with two runs. Altogether, nine different Lobos had multiple hits in the game with freshman Sara Loeffelholz going 4-for-4. Sophomore Analise Rubalcava collected three hits in five trips to the plate.
Senior Jennifer Deitrich, sophomores Heather Carter and Marsha Taylor were perfect at the plate and collected their first hits of the year. Carter went 2-for-2 with a RBI and run scored, while Taylor was 1-for-1. Deitrich, who has played in 13 games this season, went 1-for-1 with a single in the third inning.
Freshman Tori Rogers was credited with the win and moved to 4-3 on the year. Rogers pitched two no-hit innings in relief, striking out three and not allowing a run. Junior Kelly Ninemire started the game and threw the first two innings. Senior Caley Peterson closed out the game pitching the final three outs.
ENMU opened the game with a run on two hits but it wouldn't be long before UNM came howling back. The Lobos plated 10 runs in the bottom of the opening inning after the first 11 batters reaching on hits. The first inning was highlighted by the Hughes grand slam.
After the Lobos had taken a 10-1 lead they proceeded to add an additional seven runs in the second inning. Elcess started the rally with a three-run homer over the right center field fence. The Lobos plated a run in the third and another in the fourth to reach the 19 run limit. It's the first time UNM had scored 19 runs since May 11, 1978 against Southern Utah. ENMU pushed across another run in the top of the fifth but could not mount a comeback. Nicole Dickson took the loss for the Zias and fell to 12-5.
The Lobos return to action Wednesday in Las Cruces against in-state rival New Mexico State. UNM and the Aggies are scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The game will be available through the NMSU athletic website via All-Access and gameTracker. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.