March 21, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. --- New Mexico softball fell to the U.S. National Team, 14-0, Friday in an exhibition game during the Judi Garman Classic. The Lobos are one of five teams the U.S. National Team will play during the classic. USA softball is currently on its "Bound for Beijing" Tour in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China. UNM is 14-9 this season and concludes the tournament Saturday against No. 1 Arizona State.
Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz hoped to get UNM started offensively after she was hit by the pitch. Loeffelholz led off the game but was quickly erased after the Lobos hit into a double play.
UNM had three batters reach bases in the contest and had its greatest scoring opportunity in the second inning. Freshman Gabriella Parra reached base on an error to start the inning and quickly advance to second on a wild pitch by USA starter Alicia Hollowell. Parra was the only Lobo to reach second in the game. Sophomore Katie Gilmore walked in the second inning as well.
After that it was a showcase of the talent on both sides of the ball by the USA team. UNM would go down in order for the next four innings.
USA threw a combined no-hitter with Hollowell and Jennie Finch. Hollowell threw three innings and struck out four. Jennie Finch closed out the final three innings and hard six strikeouts.
The Olympic team plated a run in the first two innings before erupting for five in the third. USA added three in the fourth and four in the fifth to secure a 14-0 victory.
UNM closes out the Garman Classic Saturday against No. 1 Arizona State starting at 3 p.m. Gametracker will be available for the game on www.GoLobos.com.