May 12, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball split a doubleheader with Colorado State Friday night at Lobo Field. The Lobos won game one, 10-8 but dropped game two, 9-8. UNM pounded out 15 hits in the victory, including home runs senior Amy Ray and freshman Sara Loeffelholz. The Lobos are 20-23 on the year and 9-9 in the Mountain West Conference. CSU moves to 28-28 overall and 7-10 in league play.
UNM outlasted Colorado State in the game one marathon that lasted three hours. The Lobos, who were visitors in both games due to a makeup rule, scored a run in the first and second inning before pushing across two more in the third to take a commanding 4-0 lead after three innings.
UNM added one in the fifth and five more in the sixth to reach the 10 runs. CSU was quiet for most of the game but scored eight runs over the final three innings. The Rams scored one in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh.
The Lobos had six players with multiple hits, including Loeffelholz and Ray. Loeffelholz was 2-for-4 with five RBI, a run scored and her first career homer. Ray was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while sophomore Analise Rubalcava was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Sophomore Samantha Hughes, junior Lindsey Elcess and freshman Katie Gilmore all had two hits in the game.
Junior pitcher Kelly Ninemire threw a complete game and recorded the win and moved to 14-12 overall. Ninemire gave up right runs on 11 hits and struck out four batters.
CSU rallied back to win game two, 9-8, after scoring seven runs in the final three innings. The Rams trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth before they came alive offensively. CSU had nine runs on nine hits and capitalized on five UNM fielding mistakes.
UNM started junior Ashley Allen in the circle for the first time this season. Allen went 4 2/3 innings allowing seven runs on seven hits. Sophomore Brittany Crail made her first appearance in relief of Allen but only threw on out before being pulled for freshman Tori Rogers. Rogers took the loss and moved to 5-4 after facing one batter and giving up the winning run.
Offensively, the Lobos had five different players have a hit. Rubalcava was 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBI. Gilmore was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The two teams will play the final games of the regular-season Saturday at noon in a doubleheader. The games are available on gametracker and all access via www.GoLobos.com.