May 5, 2004
CAMPING IN COLORADO: The Lobos (29-30, 3-12) will finish the regular season with two twin bills at Colorado State this weekend. New Mexico will play on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. The doubleheader that was rained out in Albuquerque will be made up on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m.
The Lobos hold a 39-27 record against Colorado State. Last year, Colorado State swept the four-game series over New Mexico. The closest the Lobos came to a win was the first game, a 1-0 loss on April 5th at home. The last time New Mexico won was April 20, 2002.
LAST TIME OUT: The Lobos dropped two doubleheaders to fall below .500 for the first time since Feb. 15. BYU took two games by scores of 7-4 and 4-0. Utah dropped the Lobos 4-3 and 7-2.
Freshman Ryanne Hodgins had the best weekend, hitting .583 (7-for-12) with two runs scored and two RBI. Senior Kim Korsak also had a phenominal weekend going 2-for-5 (.400) with two runs scored and one solo homerun. Junior Cassie Chavez compiled a .286 average (4-for-11) on the weekend with one double, one RBI and one run scored. Other hits came from sophomore Stephanie Kennedy (4), sophomore Iraina Ogas (3), senior Ora Hensley (2), freshman Robyn Hutson (2) and freshman Amy Ray (1).
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 4 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 148 games pitched. She also holds the record for games started (98), innings pitched (648) and strikeouts (440). 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 142 and would need to walk 37 more just to tie the record. Finally, she is fifth in complete games, having thrown 45.
Sophomore Iraina Ogas and junior Ashley Perkins are also making their way into the career book this season. Ogas is sixth in appearances (71) and walks (114). She is tenth in innings pitched (282) and strikeouts (199). Perkins, in her first year as a Lobo, has the eighth best earned run average (2.78) 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 homerun record. Chavez has 14 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.
REVIEWING THE RAMS: Colorado State is one of the hottest teams in the conference at 36-13 overall, 12-4 MWC. The Rams have won 12 of their last 14 and only have lost to two MWC teams in San Diego State and BYU.
As a team, they are hitting an astounding .331 and have an ERA of 2.03. Their opponents are only averaging a .239 BA and 5.18 ERA. Individually, the Rams have eight hitting over .300 and their entire pitching staff has an ERA lower than 2.10.
Leading the offensive charge for the Rams is Ricki Walker with a .399 average and a team high 61 hits and 16 doubles. Stephanie Roberts leads the team in runs scored at 44 and holds a batting average of .377. Brittany Huerta has recorded a team-high 155 at bats, 13 homers and 42 RBI to accompany her .341 average.
Also hitting over .300 for the Rams are Jessica Strickland (.371), MWC Player of the Week Kerry Farrell (.371), Albuquerque native Jennifer Gardner (.362), Rio Rancho native Brittany Burtner (.351) and Megan Masser (.333). Rio Rancho product Genevieve Kelly is hitting .263 for the Rams as well.
Masser, the Rams ace, has a team-low 1.96 ERA with a 10-4 record and team-high 102 strikeouts. Strickland follows with a 2.02 ERA and 10-4 record. Kelly is 10-2 for the Rams with a 2.07 ERA and JayCee Wood is 6-3 with a 2.09 ERA.