Oct. 17, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball concluded the fall schedule last weekend at the Arizona Fall Classic. The Lobos managed to go 3-4 during the road trip with victories over Phoenix College, Central Arizona Junior College and Western Arizona. UNM faced nationally-ranked Arizona Saturday and dropped a 9-1 decision in five innings. The Lobos finish the fall with a 7-4 overall mark.
UNM opened the road trip with a doubleheader against Phoenix College, who was the 2006 NJCAA National Champions. The Lobos split with the Bears falling in game one, 8-4, but rebounding to take game two, 3-2. UNM hit .250 against PC with 13 hits, including two home runs.
The Lobos opened the Arizona Fall Classic Friday against Central Arizona and Pima. UNM defeated Central Arizona, 6-4, but fell to Pima, 4-3. Saturday featured UNM against Cyprus and the University of Arizona. The Lobos dropped both games but managed to win the final game of the tournament Sunday against Western Arizona, 8-7.
Earlier in the fall, UNM swept two doubleheaders over Odessa College and New Mexico Highlands at Lobo Field.
This fall, Katie Gilmore led the Lobos hitting .611 in 18 at-bats. Gilmore collected a double, a triple and two long balls to lead the team with eight RBI. Returning starters Liz Young and Samantha Hughes proved to be productive at the plate as well. Young hit .556 with two home runs and five RBI, while Hughes went 9-for-20 from the plate with three doubles.
Caley Peterson led the rotation this fall with a 2.30 ERA in 15 1/3 innings of work. Peterson had 13 strikeouts to go along with a 2-1 record. Newcomers Kelly Ninemire and Tori Rogers were effective in the circle as well this fall. Ninemire, who transferred to UNM from Odessa College, pitched 16 1/3 innings while striking out 15. Rogers had the best overall record at 4-1 and tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 15.
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