Lobo Softball Falls, Track tunes up in Flagstaff

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UNM Falls in softball to Cal State Fullerton in Late Night Contest

TUCSON, Ariz.—  Missed opportunities were the story of the game as the University of New Mexico softball team lost late Friday night to Cal State Fullerton in the Hillenbrand Invitational by the score of 6-2.

The Lobos (2-3) left a total of 12 runners on base, including three innings with the bases loaded, while the Titans (6-1) left seven. UNM was just 1-of-7 in getting the leadoff hitter on base and 0-for-5 with the bases loaded.

UNM had runners on base in the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, with runners getting into scoring position in all but one, but couldn’t string together any hits to bring any of the runners in beyond two in the first.

The Lobos used all three pitchers in the outing, with Bailey Klitzke getting the start. However, the junior left-hander struggled to record an out in the bottom of the first and was pulled after two batters, giving up a walk and a two-run home run that tied the game.

TRACK

Griffin Wins 200-Meter Dash to Lead Lobos at NAU Tune Up

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—  In an appropriately named meet, he University of New Mexico track and field team sent three runners and five field event participants to compete in five events at the NAU Tune Up on Friday as a last test before the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship start on Feb. 21.

The Lobos had three top-five finishers, including one win and one runner-up finisher.

Jay Griffin produced the lone event win on the day for the Lobos, winning the 200-meter dash in 21.22, 0.39 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

In the women’s high jump, sophomore Ada’ora Chigbo posted a second-place result with her height clearance of 5-9.25 (1.76m), while teammate Shannon Fritz placed finish behind a season-best. clearance of 5-5.25 (1.66m).

Finishing just outside of the top five but having a season-best performance was Katherine Whiting in the pole vault, finishing in sixth with a 12-4.5 (3.77m). Behind her in a tie for ninth was Fritz, who passed 11-10.5 (3.62m).

Rounding out the entries in the meet was Allison Mady in the shot put, who threw a 44-2 (13.46m) for her best mark of the competition, resulting in a seventh-place finish.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, Elijah Lilly qualified for the finals with a time of 6.85 in the preliminary round, which marked a season best for the sophomore by 0.24 seconds. Griffin ran 7.03 to finish just outside of the qualifiers and Lawrence Johnson tied his season best with a 7.14 time.

UNM hosts the MW Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center starting on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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