Oct. 7, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball swept Odessa College in a doubleheader Saturday at Lobo Field. The Lobos scored a combined 15 runs against the Wrangles and pounded out 23 hits. UNM used timely hitting along with an aggressive style of play to win both games. The Lobos beat the Wranglers, 7-6, in game one before coming back in eight innings to take game two, 8-7.
UNM scored four runs late to highlight its performance in game one. The Lobos were led by freshman Gabriella Parra in game one, after she went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. UNM had 10 hits in the game with seven different players collecting at least one.
The Lobos had three different pitchers throw, including Odessa transfer Kelly Ninemire, Brittany Crail and Tori Rogers. Crail led the rotation with her best outing of the fall. Crail threw 2.2 innings allowing three hits and no runs.
The second game was a battle for UNM. Odessa took an early 7-0 lead before the Lobos came alive offensively. UNM scored a run in the third, fifth and five in the sixth to force extra innings. Transfer Rachel Balkovec came through with the bases loaded single in the bottom of the eight to score the game-winning run.
Balkovec helped the Lobos mount the comeback, after going 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI. Freshman Katie Gilmore also had a big game. Gilmore was perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 with four runs scored and two RBI.
Senior Caley Peterson went five innings in the circle for the Lobos in game two. Peterson cruised striking out two and only allowing two hits. Rogers and Parra both made an appearance in the second game.
The next game for the Lobos will be on Thurs., Oct. 12 in Phoenix, Ariz., against Phoenix Community College. UNM is scheduled to play a doubleheader against PCC before taking part in the Arizona Fall Classic. For more information about Lobo softball visit www.GoLobos.com.