April 22, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball pounded out 10 hits and run-ruled New Mexico State, 9-1, Tuesday in five innings at Lobo Field. The Lobos had three players record at least two hits including sophomore Katie Gilmore who went 3-for-3 with two RBI. With the win, UNM swept the two-game series with NMSU this season and improved to 21-18. The Aggies are 24-29 on the year with the loss.
New Mexico struck first with a run-scoring single by freshman Tianna George. George lined a shot up the middle allowing freshman Gabriella Parra to score. Parra reached on the first hit of the game to left field to leadoff the inning.
The Lobos erupted for five runs in the third inning and put the game out of reach. UNM had five hits in the inning including back-to-back-to-back run-scoring singles by senior Lindsey Elcess, Parra and Gilmore. George came through with the final two runs with a single to center. George went 2-for-2 in the game with three RBI.
UNM reached the run-rule limit in the fourth with two more runs. The Lobos took advantage of a couple throwing mistakes by NMSU and extended their lead to 8-0 after four. Sophomore Samantha Hughes had a single during the inning and scored.
The Aggies scored their only run of the game in the top of the fifth. Stephanie Herrera recorded a run-scoring single to right field that plated pinch runner Colleen Kimbro.
Gilmore slammed the door for New Mexico in the fifth with an RBI double. Gilmore's double to center allowed Parra to score from first. Parra led off the inning with a walk and was followed by the walk-off double. New Mexico won 9-1 in five innings.
Senior Kelly Ninemire got the win and pitched a gem. Ninemire went five innings allowing an unearned run on six hits and had five strikeouts. The Prosper, Texas, native, improved to 14-12 with the win and matched her win total from 2007.
Sammie Dillard took the loss for New Mexico State and fell to 4-10.
New Mexico travels to Colorado State this weekend to face the Rams in a two-game series. The first game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. with the finale Sunday at 1 p.m.