March 3, 2005
New Mexico returns to Texas as the Lobos will be in Lubbock on Friday, March 4-6 for the Mutual of Omaha Lady Raider Classic. They are scheduled to play Centenary on Friday at 10 a.m., UC Riverside on Friday at 3 p.m., Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and host Texas Tech on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Last weekend the Lobos were in Denton, Texas for the Betlin Mean Green Classic, going 0-3 with two of their games being cancelled due to rain. Junior Cassie Chavez was the only Lobo honored on the all-tournament team after going 4-for-8 (.500) with two walks, one RBI and one run scored. It is the second consecutive tournament that Chavez has been recognized to the all-tournament team.
Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins leads UNM with a .395 batting average (17-for-43). She also leads the Lobos in at bats (43), hits (17) and triples (two), and is tied for the team lead in runs scored (six) and stolen bases (two). Hodgins is one of six Lobo players to start in all 13 games.
The Lobos have not had much success on the road. They are just 2-11 that includes a 0-3 record when they are the away team and a 2-8 record when playing at a neutral site. The Lobos will open their home season next weekend with two doubleheaders against Indiana State.
Centenary, New Mexico's first opponent of the tournament, has struggled away from home this year. The Ladies are 6-8, which includes a 3-0 record at home, 2-6 at neutral sites and 1-2 in away games. Centenary started it year on a six-game losing streak with two losses to 22nd-ranked Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, and 17th-ranked Baylor. The Ladies have had three of the same opponents as the Lobos this season, beating North Texas, 3-0 and losing to Texas-San Antonio, 12-1 and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 2-1.
Jennifer Mango leads the Ladies' offense, batting .414 (12-for-29) over 13 games. Katie Harwick, one of just three to start in all 14 games, hits .333 and leads the team in at bats (39) and hits (13). Janis Kelley has driven in the most runs with 11.
The Ladies' pitching staff hold a team ERA of 4.09. Jessica Ivins has the team-low at 2.52. Both her and Kristan Morton have won three games apiece. They have combined for 76.1 of the 85.2 innings Centenary has played.
Last year, Centenary won a doubleheader over New Mexico while participating in the Oklahoma Worth Invitational. Centenary took game one, 6-1 and then game two, 3-2 despite being out-hit by the Lobos in both games. The Ladies' now hold the series advantage, 2-1.
UC Riverside is also in the midst of a very disappointing season. The Highlanders are 2-2 on the road and 2-10 at neutral sites for an overall record of 4-12. Two of their losses came to Mountain West Conference members San Diego State and Utah. The Aztecs handed UC Riverside a 5-1 loss while the Utes took care of the Highlanders in five innings, winning 9-1. This is the first meeting ever between UC Riverside and UNM.
The Highlanders hold a team batting avg. of .277 while their opponents are averaging .348. Melissa Sanchez has a team-high avg. of .400, leads the team in runs scored (11) and is tied for the lead in hits (18) and triples (1).
After managing to avoid Texas A&M Corpus Christi at the Betlin Mean Green Classic, the Lobos will face the Islanders twice this weekend. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is currently 15-1 overall and receiving votes in both the USA TODAY/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls. However, the Islanders lone loss was a 5-0 shutout handed down by Texas-San Antonio, a team that UNM beat in the Troy Cox Classic two weeks ago. The Islanders are currently on a six-game win streak.
The pitching for TAMUCC has been outstanding this year, with the staff holding an ERA of 0.39. Sarah Pauly has been phenomenal, going 12-1 with an ERA of 0.25 over 83.2 innings. Pauly has allowed just three earned runs to cross the plate, given up just 24 hits and sat down 142 batters. Jennifer Cummings has provided excellent relief when getting to pitch, going 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 22.2 innings of work.
The hitting is also not to shabby, with a team avg. of .284. Michelle Petree has a team-high .364 batting avg. while Megan Hansen leads the team in at bats (53), hits (19) and RBI (17) while hitting .358. Brenda Guerrero leads the team in runs scored with 12 while hitting .326.
New Mexico will have to be on top of their game to keep their winning streak alive against the Islanders. The Lobos are a perfect 4-0 in the series. The last time they met was March 1, 2003, with UNM getting a 7-0. The series started on March 16, 2001.
Texas Tech is the final opponent of the weekend, taking on New Mexico twice. The Red Raiders are on a three-game win streak, evening out their record at 6-6. They won three of the five meeting last year but UNM still holds a 29-13 series lead.
Jennifer Corkin leads the Red Raider offense with her .371 batting avg., 13 hits, five doubles and 10 RBI. Erin Crawford and Sarah Losleban lead the pitchers, each with three wins. Crawford has a team-low 3.34 ERA and leads the team in strikeouts with 29. Losleban had appeared in 10 games for a 3.57 ERA while leading the team in innings pitched (35.1), hits (32), and earned runs allowed (14.)