April 4, 2008
PROVO, Utah --- New Mexico softball dropped a 9-5 decision to BYU Thursday night in game two of a doubleheader at Gail Miller Park. The Lobos plated five runs on four hits but could not overcome the bats of the Cougars. UNM fell to 16-13 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference. BYU improved to 22-13 and 1-1 in league play.
New Mexico plated three runs in the first inning. Junior Samantha Hughes led off the game with a walk and was followed by a Sara Loeffelholz single to right. Both runners came around to score on a fielding error by the BYU first baseman. Gabriella Parra put the ball in play and reached on the fielding miscue. Parra eventually scored on a shot up the middle by Katie Gilmore. The Lobos led 3-0 after the first inning.
BYU cut into the deficit in the bottom of the first with a run and took its first lead in the bottom of the second. The Cougars responded with four more runs in the second and took a 5-1 lead after two.
BYU added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth and sixth to reach the nine run total. The Cougars had 10 hits in the contest including a solo home run by Stephanie Hopkins.
The Lobos rallied in the seventh with two runs but it wasn't enough. Senior Lindsey Elcess had a two-run double in the final inning. UNM fell 9-5 to the Cougars.
Christie Zinanti got the win for BYU and is 8-6 with the victory. Zinanti threw a complete game allowing five runs on four hits. She also had nine strikeouts.
UNM travels to Salt Lake City Friday and will play Utah starting at 4 p.m. Gametracker will be available for the game with a complete recap on www.GoLobos.com.