May 8, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico swept Utah Thursday night in a doubleheader held at Lobo Field. The Lobos won game one, 6-2 and run-ruled the Utes, 9-1, in the nightcap. UNM improved to 25-24 overall and has its most win since the 2004 season. The Lobos were led by sophomore Katie Gilmore who went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI in the twinbill. The Utes dropped to 28-25 and 10-8 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos moved to 7-11 in league play on Mike Roberts Day.
The games were broadcast live on the Mountain Network and marked the first time a softball game has been carried live in Albuquerque.
New Mexico gained an early lead in game one and never looked back. The Lobos recorded seven hits in the contest and plated six runs. UNM was led by sophomore Sara Loeffelholz who went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Loeffelholz came through with a clutch double in the second inning scoring two runs.
UNM scored a run in the first, two in the second on Loeffelholz's double and one more in the third. The Lobos got back-to-back home runs from Gilmore and freshman Gabriella Parra.
Freshman Madelyn Machac threw a complete game for UNM and improved to 6-6 overall. Machac allowed two runs on seven hits and recorded four strikeouts.
In game two, New Mexico erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second and cruised to a 9-1 run-rule victory. Junior Analise Rubalcava highlighted the second inning with a three-run blast over the right center field fence.
The Lobos capped off the game with a five-run fifth inning. Parra walked with bases loaded to plate a run setting the stage for freshman Tianna George. George tripled to right field clearing the bases and giving UNM an 8-1 lead with two outs. Sophomore Erin Brandow helped the Lobos reach the run-rule limit with a squeeze bunt allowing George to score from third.
Gilmore went 2-for-2 in the game with two doubles.
Senior Kelly Ninemire got the win and moved to 16-15 overall. Ninemire pitched five innings allowing a run on three hits.
UNM faces BYU Friday at 7 p.m. at Lobo Field. Gametracker and live video will be available.