Dec. 5, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Head coach Kim Newbern has signed four women to play for the Lobos in the 2005 season after the loss of this year's five seniors, pitcher Amy Dumas, catcher Kim Korsak, infielder Ora Hensley, outfielders Sabrina Sandberg and Jen Sena.
Phenom pitcher Katie Gregg will join the Lobos for her junior year after spending her first to collegiate seasons with Washburn University. As a freshman, Gregg earned the Freshman of the Year award, first team All-MIAA honors and second team All-Region accolades after winning 21 games with only three losses tallying a 1.19 ERA in 171 innings pitched. Gregg walked only 12 batters and tossed 11 shutouts. She led the MIAA in walks per seven innings at 0.49 and eighth in strikeouts per seven innings with 5.08 while finishing second in ERA. Gregg and current UNM pitcher Ashley Perkins were a dynamic one-two punch that year, shelling out 50 consecutive shutout innings. She hails from Overland Park, Kan. and attended Notre Dame de Sion high school.
After spending her sophomore year at Pima Community College and her freshman year at Campbell University, Tucson, Ariz. native Kristina Schmallen will join the Lobos as a strong utility player. At Campbell, she was recognized by the Atlantic Sun Conference to the All-Freshman team besides serving as team captain. She hit .278 as a freshman with eight home runs and 42 RBI. Schmallen started 43 of 45 games played.
Coming to the Lobos as freshman are infielders Christina Rios and Lindsey Elcess. Rios, hailing from Auburn High in Auburn Wash., holds a team-leading .374 batting average with 25 hits and 11 RBI. She was selected to the 4A SPSL honorable mention as a sophomore and to the second team as a junior.
Elcess, a Tucson, Ariz. native, is a two-year All Southern Arizona first team selection from Salpointe Catholic high school. She guided her team to four state championships and was the MVP for the 2002-03 season. In 2002, she was second in the East Valley region in RBIs and in 2001 was named to the first team All-Region.