Staci Hemingway had two RBI in softball's win today.
May 5, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It was an offensive display, this time to the benefit of the University of Utah softball team (24-23-1 overall, 4-11 Mountain West Conference) as it raced past New Mexico, 8-0, here in league action this afternoon.
The Utes banged out 11 hits on the day with five players scattering two or more hits. New Mexico falls to 19-22 overall, 8-8 in league play.
"We were a totally different team today," said head coach Angie Jacobs. "I think the difference was that they threw a pitcher we haven't seen before and we got on her early. We got some hits from the top of our lineup and took advantage of some errors. Then, we shut them down in the bottom of the first and the momentum kept building for us as the game went on. This was a total team effort for us this afternoon."
Kristie Keller led the Utes at the plate today, going 3-for-4 with one RBI. She also scored three runs. Staci Hemingway was 2-for-3 with two RBI while Andrea Hoffman, Hailey Davenport and Meghan Crouse were all 2-for-4.
Utah hung a four-spot on the board in the first inning, thanks to three straight singles to open the inning. With the bases juiced, Diana Phillips hit into a fielders' choice with New Mexico opting to peg Crouse out at home.
But, Hemingway and Hoffman followed that with a couple of run-scoring singles. Hemingway plated one run (Keller) and Hoffman two (Phillips and Davnport). Foster then walked to load the bases again. An error on UNM's shortstop allowed Kelly Matthews to reach safely, and it also plated an unearned run (Hemingway).
The fourth-inning run came from Keller's solo homer to center field with one out.
UNM's shortstop was charged with team's second error in the sixth, allowing Utah to score another two runs. This time, it was off of Hoffman's bat and the error, with bases loaded, allowed Davenport and Keller to score again.
The Lobos only had three hits today, all from three different bats. Caley Peterson came on in relief of starter Kelly Ninemire. Both only pitched a third of an inning but Peterson (1-7) gave up four runs and is saddled with the loss.
Utah returns home for the final weekend of regular season play. They host San Diego State in a doubleheader on Thursday, May 10, and then host UNLV in a pair of single games on May 11-12.