March 19, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. --- New Mexico softball dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 20 Long Beach State Wednesday in the opening round of the Judi Garman Classic. The Lobos plated two runs on three hits in the game but couldn't overcome a seven-run third inning by The Beach. UNM fell to 13-8 overall and will face Illinois and Cal State Fullerton Thursday. LBSU improved to 21-8 and has won 12 of its last 13 games.
The Lobos jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning on a run-scoring double by freshman Gabriella Parra. Parra doubled to left field that allowed sophomore Sara Loeffelholz to score. Loeffelholz led of the game with a single to right field.
Senior Lindsey Elcess belted her team-leading seventh home run of the year and gave UNM a 2-0 in the top of the third inning. The Elcess homer was a shot to left field.
Long Beach State erupted for seven-runs in the third and changed the momentum of the game. The Beach capitalized on two Lobo miscues and added four hits to take a 7-2 lead.
LBSU added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth to reach the run-rule limit, 10-2. The Beach had nine hits in the game.
UNM senior Kelly Ninemire (8-5) took the loss after pitching 2 1/3 innings. Ninemire allowed seven runs on four hits. Freshman Madelyn Machac came on in relief and threw the final 2 1/3 innings giving up five hits and three runs.
The Lobos continue the Garman Classic Thursday against the Fighting Illini starting at 12 p.m. before battling tournament host CSFU at 4:30 p.m.