April 13, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball knocked off the league leading UNLV Rebels, 6-1, Friday night in the Mountain West Conference opener at Lobo Field. The Lobos pounded out six runs on seven hits, including home runs by junior Lindsey Elcess and sophomore Analise Rubalcava. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to weather but is considered official game according to the NCAA. UNM improves to 11-13, 1-0 in the MWC, while UNLV falls to 28-17 and 4-1 in league play.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when UNM came alive offensively. The Lobos poured on three runs on an RBI double from sophomore Analise Rubalcava and a two-run homer from Elcess to left center field.
UNLV pushed across a run in the fourth after capitalizing on two Lobo errors. The Rebels were looking for momentum but could not slow down the UNM bats.
The Lobos added an additional three runs in the home half of the fourth, when Rubalcava struck again. This time it was a three-run shot to left center to put the Lobos up, 6-1. The score would hold until the game was called in the fifth.
Rubalcava paced the Lobos after going 3-for-3 in the game with two runs scored and four RBI. Elcess and Hughes were both 1-for-1 against the Rebels and reached base in every at-bat.
Junior Kelly Ninemire gets the win for UNM and moves to 6-7 and 1-0 in league. Ninemire pitched five innings in the circle and held the Rebels to a run on four hits, including six strikeouts.
Game two of the doubleheader with UNLV was cancelled due to weather conditions and will be made up later in the year in Las Vegas. UNM will face San Diego State Saturday at 3 p.m. in the first game of the two-game set. The series finale is Sunday at noon. All games will be played at Lobo Field and results posted on www.GoLobos.com.