Sixth-seeded Lobos Open MWC Championships With No. 3 BYU
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/11/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 11, 2004

MWC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Lobos remained in Fort Collins, Colo. for the Mountain West Conference Championships. The Lobos will enter the tournament as the sixth seed after a 3-16 record in league play and 29-34 record overall.

The Colorado State Rams claimed their first ever regular-season Mountain West Conference softball crown after winning the first two games of a four-game series with New Mexico on Saturday. The victories over the Lobos earned the Rams (40-13-0 overall, 16-4-0 MWC) the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

San Diego State earned the second seed with a 14-6-0 record in MWC play and finished the regular-season with a 36-22-0 overall record. BYU finished third in the league with an 11-8-0 mark (34-17-0 overall), while Utah claimed the fourth seed, posting a 8-12-0 league record (20-31-0 overall). The fifth seed will be UNLV after it finished MWC play with a 7-13-0 record (25-34-0 overall).

The conference tournament will take place May 13-15 at Ram Field on the campus of Colorado State University. The opening game will see third-seeded BYU taking on the No. 6 seed New Mexico at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 13. No. 4 Utah and No. 5 UNLV will be the other opening round match on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Colorado State and San Diego State will receive opening round byes. The Aztecs will play the winner of BYU and New Mexico at 2 p.m. on Thursday, while the Rams will go against the winner of Utah and UNLV Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The Mountain West Conference Softball Championship game will be on Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m. MST with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the 2004 NCAA Softball Championship.

Last year the Lobos went in as a fifth seed and upset No. 4 Utah to advance for a tough match-up against first seed San Diego State. The Lobos lost to the Aztecs and were then eliminated from competition with a loss to UNLV.

The last time New Mexico hosted the conference tournament was in 2001. The best finish the Lobos have ever had was second place in the 2000 championships when they lost to Utah in the championship game.

LAST TIME OUT: The Lobos dropped a four-game series to Colorado State to end the regular season. On the first day, the Lobos surrendered a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning of game one to fall 2-1. Game two the Lobos found themselves in a rally situation and managed a slight comeback but couldn't overcome the deficit, losing 3-1.

Day two was a slugfest with the Rams ending game one in five innings, 8-0. In game two the Lobos again held a 4-2 lead but gave up a four-run fifth inning for the 6-4 loss.

On the weekend, senior Ora Hensley led the charge hitting .500 (5-for-10) with one run scored. Sophomore Stephanie Kennedy was 5-for-11 (.455) with two RBI, a triple and one run score while senior Kim Korsak hit .400 with one RBI. Junior Cassie Chavez hit just .200 but her production is what mattered, giving the Lobos two RBI off of a homerun.

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 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 151 games pitched. She also holds the record for games started (101), innings pitched (658) and strikeouts (442). Dumas is second with her 18 shutouts, needing just two for the new record. Her 45 victories leave her tied for third, trailing Allison Maney's 56. She is also fourth in walks with 144 and would need to walk 35 more just to tie the record. Finally, she is fifth in complete games, having thrown 46.

Sophomore Iraina Ogas is also making her way into the career book this season. Ogas is fourth with 144 walks and is sixth in appearances at 73. She is eighth in strikeouts (208) and tenth in innings pitched (291).

Offensively, senior Sabrina Sandberg and junior Cassie Chavez have forced themselves into the career homerun record book. Chavez has 15 home runs, placing her fourth while Sandberg has 10, good enough for a tie at sixth. Kathy Moore holds the record with 36, hit between 1998 and 2001.