April 20, 2007
PROVO, Utah --- New Mexico softball fell to BYU, 7-4, Friday night in Mountain West Conference action at Gail Miller Park. The Lobos were led by senior Amy Ray and junior Lindsey Elcess, who had two hits in the game. Despite the loss, UNM has won seven of its last nine games and has a 14-15 overall record. The Lobos fall to 4-2 in the conference, while BYU moves to 28-16 and 7-2 in league play.
New Mexico plated two runs in the top of the first inning on hits by Ray and freshman Katie Gilmore. The inning was highlighted by an RBI double by Ray that scored sophomore Samantha Hughes. Hughes was hit by a pitch to start the game.
The Cougars posted a run in the home half of the first inning on a lead off solo home run to right center field by senior Courtney Nix-Clark.
BYU tied the game at two in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Jodi Norton to score Jennifer Whiteley.
The Cougars took the lead in the fourth inning with three runs on four hits. BYU received back-to-back solo homers from Tracee Hoch and Angeline Quiocho to start the rally. Monica Gonzalez followed the round trippers with a single up the middle and later scored on a triple by Whiteley. After the inning, BYU led 5-2.
UNM refused to quit in the fifth answering with two runs to make it 5-4 Cougars. Freshman Sara Loeffelholz led off the inning with a pinch hit walk and proceeded to advance to second on a wild pitch. Ray scored Loeffelholz on her second double of the game down the left field line. Elcess followed with an RBI double to left center field to plate Ray.
BYU managed to score a run in the fifth on its fourth solo homer of the game. The Cougars threatened after getting bases loaded but UNM reliever Caley Peterson slammed the door striking out Nix-Clark to end the inning.
The Final run for BYU was in the sixth on a single up the middle by Andrea Ramirez that scored Norton from second. The Cougars led 7-4 heading into the final frame.
The Lobos tried to rally in the top of the seventh after Loeffelholz and sophomore Analise Rubalcava reached base to leadoff the inning. Ray hoped to continue the rally but was called out on batters interference after turning away from home plate on a double steal. The call resulted in both runners being sent back to first and second. The untimely call halted the rally and lead to the Cougars victory. Elcess was the final batter for UNM and hit into a double play to end the game. Despite the late effort, BYU held on to win, 7-4.
Junior Kelly Ninemire (9-9) took the loss after going 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs on six hits. Peterson came on in relief to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings giving up two runs on five hits.
Christie Zinanti gets the win and moves to 11-6 after going 4 2/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits. Christina Gwyn pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Cougars and picked up her first save.
Offensively, Ray and Elcess went 2-for-4 and were the only Lobos to have multiple hits. UNM scattered seven hits throughout the game.
UNM and BYU will play the series finale Saturday at 2 p.m. Live stats will be available on www.GoLobos.com, along with a complete recap and stats following the game.
NOTE: New Mexico softball wore ribbons Friday night during the game in honor of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech.