March 7, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Sara Loeffelholz's run-scoring single in the sixth inning snapped a tie game and handed the Lobos a 5-4 victory over Wright State in the New Mexico Classic. UNM (10-5) has won six in a row heading into the nightcap against Georgetown.
Wright State tied the score at 4-all with a two-run homer in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, UNM's Madelyn Mahac stroked a one-out single to center. Samantha Hughes followed with a single up the middle, moving Mahac to second. Loeffelholz, who is now batting a team-best .413, knocked in Mahac with the decisive hit to center.
The Raiders put the tying run on second with two outs in the seventh, but Kelly Ninemire struck out pinch-hitter Malerie Klingler looking to preserve the win. Ninemire improved to 6-2 on the season.
First baseman Lindsey Elcess started the scoring for the Lobos in the first, clubbing her team-leading fifth homer of the season for a 1-0 lead.
The Lobos made it 3-0 in the fourth by getting a pair of unearned runs. Gabriella Parra and Katie Gilmore led off with singles. After Ashley Allen popped to third, Parra scored when left fielder Ashleigh Jackson misplayed Erin Brandow's fly ball in left. Machac brought in Gilmore with a sacrifice fly to right.
The Raiders got on the board in the fifth with a two-out RBI single by Jamie Perkins and a throwing error by Hughes, which allowed Michelle Logan to score and trim the lead to 3-2.
UNM added another unearned run in the fifth. Shortstop Tianna George drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on a throwing error by the shortstop.
Wright State evened the score at 4-4 in the sixth when Jherica Wiliiams ripped a 2-run homer to center off Mahac.
The New Mexico Classic concludes Saturday with Georgetown and Wright State playing at 1. UNM hosts Georgetown at 3:30 and Wright State at 6.