Lobos Finally Are Home, Host UTEP, Texas Tech and New Mexico State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/16/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 16, 2004

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HOME SWEET HOME: The New Mexico softball team (18-13) opens its home season with three doubleheaders this week. They host UTEP on Thursday at 1 p.m., Texas Tech on Friday at 1 p.m. and New Mexico State on Saturday at 12 p.m.

The Lobos met the Mines for the first time ever in February. New Mexico won both games of the doubleheader, 5-0 and 10-1, respectively. Five Lobos hit over .300 against UTEP, including sophomore Iraina Ogas' .600 average and sophomore Jamar Bynum and freshman Robyn Hutson's .500 average. On the mound, junior Ashley Perkins and senior Amy Dumas got the wins. Perkins tossed the shut out, striking out 10. New Mexico leads the series over Texas Tech 28-12. The Lobos competed in Texas Tech's Lady Raider Classic in thebeginning of March. In three games played, the Raiders took two of three from the Lobos. They won game one, 5-3 and game three, 4-1. The Lobos won game two, 3-0 behind the arm of Perkins who struck out eight over seven innings.

The Lobos also hold the series edge over in-state rival New Mexico State, 72-41. New Mexico played a doubleheader in Las Cruces in February, shutting out the Aggies 6-0 and 3-0, respectively. Perkins and Ogas each earned wins with Perkins getting the solo shutout while Ogas split hers with Dumas. At the plate, four Lobos in Ogas, junior Cassie Chavez and freshmen Amy Ray and Ryanne Hodgins hit over .300 against NMSU. Ogas led with her team high .500 average while Ray hit .400, Chavez .375, and Hodgins .333.

WEEKEND RECAP: The Lobos suffered their first losing weekend at the Oklahoma Worth Tournament, finishing 2-4 overall. They lost the first doubleheader to sixth-ranked Oklahoma and then another doubleheader to Centenary in the rain. They rebounded on Sunday winning the twin bill over McNeese State. New Mexico lassoed the Cowgirls for a 5-2 and 4-2 win, respectively. Against McNeese State, the Lobos hit 2.69 as a team, including junior Cassie Chavez' 4-5 performance that resulted in two RBI and two runs scored. Over 14 innings on the mound resulted in a team 1.00 ERA and 15 batters struck out. Senior Amy Dumas hurled 10 of the 14 innings, allowing five hits and striking out 11. Junior Ashley Perkins has a 0.00 ERA against the Cowgirls over four innings.

Senior Amy Dumas pitched 10 of 14 innings against the Cowgirls, earning one win.

ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: The Lobos lead the Mountain West Conference in nine team statistic categories and 13 individual categories.

The team is on top in at bats (824), total plate appearances (937), hit by pitch (16), strikeouts (175), wins (18), saves (4), sac bunts allowed (23), stolen bases against (34), and steal attempts against (40).

Individually, freshman Irene Weik has control of the most categories for the Lobos. Weik leads in fewest hits allowed (9), runs allowed (6), walks (3), and doubles allowed (1). Sophomore Iraina Ogas and junior Ashley Shartzer each take the cake in three categories. Ogas has the most games finished (8), games in relief (9), and is tied with senior Amy Dumas is saves (2). Shartzer leads in hit by pitch (5), putout chances (227) and putouts (211). Sophomore Stephanie Kennedy leads in total plate appearances (107) and at bats (99). Finally, freshman Robyn Hutson leads the conference in triples at two.

SCOUTING THE MINERS: UTEP comes into New Mexico with a 6-13 record overall. In the Miners' last game, they lost 8-3 to St. Peters. Their last win was a 3-1 win over Marist College on March 14.

At the plate, the Miners are hitting .250 while their opponents are hitting .296. UTEP has five players hitting over .300, but only two (Gracie Borjas and Kristin Hardy) are every-day players. Renee DiPuccio has the team's highest average at .667 folowed by Cierra Cooper (.500) and Malia Simmons (.333). Borjas is hitting .328 while Hardy holds a .316 average.

Pitching for the Miners has been their weak spot, hold a 4.42 ERA compared to their opponents 2.89. DiPuccio has the lowest ERA at 3.91, is 5-5 with nine games started and five complete games. She leads every statistical category for UTEP including strikeouts at 44, twice as many as any other Miner. Veronica Flournoy has a 4.20 ERA behind her 1-1 record that resulted from three appearances and one complete game shut out. Simmons is the final pitcher on the staff, boasting a 5.18 ERA, is 0-7 in 13 appearances inclding eight starts.

RAIDER REVIEW: The Lady Raiders (11-16) will make a few pit stops before driving into Albuquerque on Friday. First they will stop in El Paso, Texas, where they will play UTEP and Marist College on Tuesday. The team will continue on to Las Cruces to play New Mexico State in a doubleheader. Their road trip will conclude here on Friday.

Tech's play has been impressive of late, posting a 7-3 mark in the last ten games. The team has been led by the exceptional play of senior Elyssa Sigala, who was named Big 12 Player of the Week after hitting .529 with three home runs and eight RBI at the Mutual of Omaha Lady Raider Softball Classic. She leads the team on the season with her .389 batting average, 28 hits, seven doubles, six home runs and 20 RBI. Kelly Rhyne and Ashley Parker are also hitting over .300 for the Raiders with averages of .329 and .312, respectively.

Sophomore Iraina Ogas abused the Aggies and Miners earlier this season, hitting .556 and pitching for a .000 ERA.

On the mound, the Raiders have a team ERA of 2.78 with 14 complete games and two shut outs. Leading the way is Erin Crawford with her 2.17 ERA, 5-5 record and 51 strikeouts. Julie Hauck is right behind with her 2.32 ERA, 1-5 record and five complete games. Keely Tucker is 4-5 with a 3.45 ERA for Tech and has both of the team's shut outs. The final pitcher in the Raider rotation is Kassy Planck who was a 3.89 ERA, is 1-1 with a team low 35 hits allowed.

AGGIES REPORT: New Mexico State enters this weekend's competition 7-24 overall and 0-3 in the road. They just finished a two-game sweep of Marist College, winning 7-0 and 4-2, respectively.

As a team, the Aggies hit .209 while their opponents hit .285. Leading the team is Veronica Owens who has a .311 average with a team high 32 hits and 16 runs scored. The team's RBI leader is Amanda Carver with 11.

In the circle, the Aggies have a team ERA of 3.72 that includes 13 complete games and two shut outs. Individually, Lindsay Ashley have the team's lowest ERA at 2.90 with a 3-5 record over 19 appearances and six games started. Jennifer Bride has the next best ERA at 3.35 and Stephanie Carrasco rounds out the pitching staff with a 5.25 ERA. Bride is 2-15 overall with 18 starts and six complete games, not to mention team highs in every category thanks to her 94 innings pitched. Carrasco is 2-4 in 14 appearances and seven starts.