April 20, 2004
HOME SEASON FINALE: The Lobos complete their home season this weekend, hosting San Diego State on Friday and UNLV on Sunday, in doubleheaders at 1 p.m. Sunday will be the final career home games for Amy Dumas, Ora Hensley, Kim Korsak, Sabrina Sandberg and Jen Sena.
Just two weeks ago, the Lobos started their conference season on the road at UNLV and San Diego State. The first stop for the Lobos was UNLV, where they lost game one 7-0 and game two 4-3. Moving on to San Diego State, New Mexico lost another close one in game one, 3-2 followed by an 8-2 loss in game two. That weekend, sophomore Jamar Bynum faired the best, hitting .357. Senior Sabrina Sandberg had a home run and junior Ashley Shartzer belted two doubles. Sophomore Iraina Ogas pitched the best, with a 2.71 ERA and five strikeouts over four appearances for 10.1 innings pitched.
At home, the Lobos are 7-3 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference while on the road, they are 7-12 and 0-4. As a team, the Lobos are hitting .248 while their opponents are hitting .237. Individually, sophomore Stephanie Kennedy leads the Lobos hitting .319 with Bynum right behind at .313. The two have also faired the best in conference play, with Bynum hitting .400 and Kennedy batting .320. In the circle, the team has a 2.68 ERA but the opponents hold a 2.25 ERA. Ogas is 8-5 overall and leads the team with a 2.01 ERA but junior Ashley Shartzer has the most wins at 12-6 with a 2.44 ERA.
WEEKEND RECAP: The Lobos got their first conference win of the season in the midst of a crazy weekend. The Lobos beat Utah 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth of game two on a wild pitch by Brianna Gourdin that scored senior Jen Sena who pinch ran for sophomore Iraina Ogas.
Sophomore Iraina Ogas was a workhorse for the Lobos, pitching 18 of 24 innings played, resulting in a 1-2 record. She had a 0.78 ERA, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 11.
The Lobos only got one game in against BYU on Saturday after a delayed start and a rain delay. The second game was started but only made it to the top of the fifth before being called due to darkness.
RECORD-BREAKING YEAR: Senior Amy Dumas is tearing up the New Mexico career pitching record books. She has taken control of four records and is in the top five for the remaining categories with 14 regular season games and an undetermined number of Mountain West Conference tournament games remaining.
Dumas went into her senior season already holding the career record for appearances. She has broken away from the rest of the field with her 143 games pitched. She also holds the record for games started (94), innings pitched (627) and strikeouts (425). Dumas is tied for second with her 17 shutouts, needing just three for the new record. Her 44 victories leave her fourth all-time, trailing Allison Maney's 56. She is also fourth in walks with 133 and would need to walk 42 more just to tie the record. Finally, she is fifth in complete games, having thrown 43.
Sophomore Iraina Ogas and junior Ashley Perkins are also making their way into the career book this season. Ogas is sixth in appearances (67) and tied for sixth with Dena Mullins in walks (105). She is tenth in innings pitched (259) and strikeouts (189). Perkins, in her first year as a Lobo, has the seventh best earned run average (2.34) and needs just one more shutout to tie for eighth with eight.
Offensively, senior Sabrina Sandberg and junior Cassie Chavez have broken into the career home run record. Chavez has 13 home runs, placing her tied for fourth while Sandberg has 10, good enough for a tie at sixth. Kathy Moore holds the record with 36, hit between 1998 and 2001.
CATCHING UP WITH THE AZTECS: Since we last saw San Diego State, the Aztecs have only played two games, beating UNLV 1-0 and 4-1. They are now 8-2 in the conference and 29-18 overall.
The team's hitting and pitching have stayed dominant, with a batting average of .253 and ERA of 1.34. The Aztecs have held opponents to an average of .213 and 2.16, respectively. In conference play, the San Diego State numbers are even more dominant. They are hitting .283 compared to opponents' .199 and have a 1.32 ERA while opponents are at 2.50.
In conference action, Celena Velasquez is a force to be reckoned with. She has a 0.35 ERA, 2-0 record and four saves in eight appearances. Cori Janelli is 3-2 with a 1.50 ERA and Deanna Richards is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA.
At the plate, Janna Kovensky and Joann Figueroa are tearing up MWC pitchers, hitting .419 and .406, respectively. Meagan Hartung and Kelcy Murphy are doing well also, hitting .367 and .313, respectively. Murphy has two home runs while Hartung has one.
REBEL REVIEW:Since playing host to New Mexico, UNLV has lost four of its last five. The only win came against UC Riverside on April 15. UNLV lost doubleheaders to Colorado State and San Diego State.
The Rebel's are still led by the redhot bat of Bridget Byrne, hitting .414. Other notables in the lineup are Brittany Freight, hitting .313 and Morgan Bostwick, hitting .303.
UNLV has relied heavily on their ace, Jacqueline Kerrigan. She is 18-16 overall with a 1.76 ERA. She has started 36 of 49 games and thrown 22 complete games, including seven shutouts. She has a conference leading 211.1 innings pitched and 191 strikeouts. Completing the rotation for UNLV are Kacey Ellis and Becky McDonald. Ellis is 2-7 with a 4.65 ERA while McDonald is 2-4 with a 4.97 ERA.