Lobo Softball – Mountain West Series – At Hixson Park, Reno, Nev.
Who: New Mexico (10-20, 1-2 MW) at Nevada (18-13, 0-3 MW)
When (MT): Friday, 3 p.m./5 p.m. MT; Sunday, 1 p.m. MT
*Due to weather conditions on Saturday the Lobos will be playing a doubleheader on Friday starting at 3 p.m. MT. Second game is set for 5 p.m. MT.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico softball team is heading to Nevada with a big win under its belt. Last weekend, the Lobos picked up a hard-fought 8-6 victory over San Diego State in the final game of the three-game series. The Lobos have gained confidence with the win and hope to continue that on the road with the three-game conference series at Nevada.
SCOUTING NEVADA … Nevada is 18-13 on the season and 0-3 in the Mountain West. The Wolf Pack is coming off of a three-game losing weekend. They suffered a 13-1 five-inning loss on Friday, a 7-4 loss on Saturday and a 3-2 close loss on Sunday.
Despite the three losses over the weekend, Nevada is leading the conference in four statistical categories, including runs scored (205), doubles (56), triples (10) and walks (131). They claimed a victory over Portland State on Feb. 14, who the Lobos lost to in five innings, 10-0.
Leading the pack this season is Erin Jones, a senior infielder. She owns a .371 batting average. Sophomores Megan Sweet and Amanda Weis also are threats in the Nevada lineup. Sweet owns a .627 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage. Weis lead the team in home runs with seven and a .702 slugging percentage.
In the circle, the Wolf Pack is led by Megan Dortch, who has the most wins with seven. With a 7-6 record, she has a 3.22 earned run average. In 76 innings pitched, she has tallied 57 strikeouts, 55 runs off 80 hits and a .267 opposing batting average. The Lobos also will likely face McKenna Isenberg and Karlyn Jones. Isenberg owns a 6-2 record with 50.2 innings pitched and Jones has a 5-4 record with a .262 batting average and 56 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.
SERIES FOUGHT HARD … Over the weekend, the Lobos did not go down easy to San Diego State, who received votes in last week’s polls. The Lobos put up a fight and got one win out of the three-game series. Friday was a hard-fought 11-9 loss and Saturday was a 11-3 loss. Sunday was the day for the Lobos to take the win, a win they haven’t seen over San Diego State since the 2009 season. The game was tied in the bottom of the fourth. Naomi Tellez led off the Lobos that inning with a solo shot over left field to take a 7-6 lead. The Lobos scored an insurance run in the sixth and Lauren Soles kept the Aztecs scoreless for three innings to claim a 8-6 win.