Jan. 25, 2008
New Mexico softball is currently preparing for opening day 2008 against Evansville on Feb. 9. The Lobos have been doing two-a-day practices until Jan. 22 when they started school. UNM is continuing to practice at the newly renovated Lobo Field and have begun intra-squad scrimmages. New Mexico is under the direction of second year head coach, Ty Singleton, who led the Lobos to a 20-25 overall record in 2007. The Lobos host 29 home games this spring, including 10 Mountain West Conference games.
The Lobos face seven opponents this season who are ranked in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 Preseason Poll. UNM travels to Tucson, Ariz. to play a three-game series against back-to-back National Champions Arizona. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 1 coming into the season. The Lobos host No. 11 Washington and No. 25 Missouri in the Lobo Invitational here at Lobo Field on Feb. 23. They meet No. 17 Georgia Tech and No. 5 Alabama in the Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 15-17. The Lobos face No. 3 Arizona State and No. 21 Cal State Fullerton, and the USA Softball Team when they travel to Fullerton, Calif., to take part in the Judy Garman classic from March 19-22.
The Lobo offense will be lead by All-MWC selection Analise Rubalcava, who batted .393 in 2007. Leadership will come from gifted senior Lindsey Elcess who currently has 28 career doubles, good for ninth all-time in Lobo Softball history. Speedy sophomore Samantha Hughes, who stole 27 bases in 2007, the fourth best of any single-season, will be a key ingredient in getting runners into scoring position for the Lobos.
The Lobos return two experienced pitchers in senior Kelly Ninemire and sophomore Tori Rogers. Two talented freshmen pitchers Kelly Nelson and Maddie Machac will also see time for the Lobos. Defensively, the Lobos return six starters, two in the infield, and two in the outfield. The Lobos will be young up the middle but very talented.
Lobos open the season at home against Evansville Feb. 9, at 1:00 p.m. MT. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors, and $3 for children under the age of 18. For more ticket information please call (505) 925-LOBO.