March 25, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. --- No. 5 Arizona defeated New Mexico, 11-3, Sunday in the series finale at Hillenbrand Stadium. Senior Amy Ray belted a three-run homer for the Lobos but UNM couldn't hold off a late rally by the Wildcats. The Lobos fall to 7-13 on the year and UA moves to 24-7.
The game was scoreless through three innings with Lobos collecting the only two hits. Freshman Katie Gilmore singled in the second inning and senior Ryanne Hodgins reached base on a hit to right field in the third.
New Mexico tried to spark a rally in the fourth inning after sophomore Analise Rubalcava singled up the middle. Ray followed with a sacrifice bunt that was ruled a fielder's choice after trying to make a play on Rubalcava at second failed. The Lobos had runners at first and second with two outs, when junior Ashley Allen walked to load the bases for freshman Sara Loeffelholz. Loeffelholz went down swinging and stranding three runners and ending the inning.
New Mexico starter Kelly Ninemire cruised through the first three innings holding the nationally-ranked Wildcats scoreless. Arizona got on the board in the fourth inning after added two runs on two hits. Kristie Fox and Sarah Akamine both walked and eventually came around to score. UNM freshman Tori Rogers came on in relief of Ninemire after the Fox and Akamine walked to collect the last two outs.
Hodgins and sophomore Samantha Hughes had back-to-back singles in the fifth for the Lobos to get something going offensively. Ray came through with a three-run home run to center field to clear the bases and give UNM a 3-2 lead. It was the first lead for the Lobos this weekend.
UA regained the lead after scoring nine runs in the bottom of the sixth on seven hits to reach the run-rule limit.
The Lobos return to action on Tuesday, March 27 against Eastern New Mexico at Lobo Field starting at 7 p.m. UNM will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., Wednesday to battle in-state rival New Mexico State in a doubleheader. For complete coverage of Lobo athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.