Lobo Softball Battles Colorado State Saturday at Lobo Field
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/30/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 30, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico softball team will host Colorado State Saturday at Lobo Field starting at 4 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Sports Network with Anne Marie Anderson calling the Play-by-Play and Teri Goldberg doing the color commentary. Saturday will be the final home game of the season and Senior Day for the Lobos. Gametracker and live video will be available online at GoLobos.com.

New Mexico softball will be broadcast for the first time this season Saturday and for only the second time in school history from Lobo Field. The game will be carried live on the Mountain West Sports Network. The Mtn., can be seen on channel 276 for Comcast subscribers, channel 616 on DirecTV and 329 on Cable One. Anne Marie Anderson (Play-by-Play) and Teri Goldberg (Color) will broadcast the game live from Albuquerque. UNM swept Utah in a doubleheader at Lobo Field last year in the first games broadcast at Lobo Field in school history.

The Lobos will honor two seniors Saturday in the regular-season home finale. UNM will honor Samantha Hughes and Analise Rubalcava following the Colorado State game at Lobo Field. Hughes and Rubalcava have been the foundation for the rebuilding process under head coach Ty Singleton and have re-written the record books. Hughes and Rubalcava are the top two hitters for New Mexico this season. The fathers of the players will throw out the first pitch Saturday.

UNM is the product of a rebuilding season and enters Saturday's game with an 11-33 overall record. The Lobos are 2-9 in the Mountain West Conference but have dropped their last six games. New Mexico, who only has 12 active players on the roster, is looking for its first win since April 12 at San Diego State. UNM has lost 25 of the last 28 games and only has four games remaining including Saturday.

Senior Samantha Hughes leads UNM at the plate with a .393 average. Hughes has hit seven home runs, recorded 15 doubles and logged 28 RBIs. Senior Analise Rubalcava is second on the team in hitting with a .344 average but is hitting .412 during conference play. UNM has four players hitting over .300 and the team has a .290 average.

Rubalcava is the ace of the pitching staff and is 5-16 on the season. She has a 5.66 ERA in 122 innings. Freshmen Danielle Castro and Kerry Hodgins have also pitched this season. Castro is 3-15 in the circle while Hodgins is 3-2.

Saturday will be the third and final game against Colorado State this season. The Rams swept a doubleheader earlier this year in Fort Collins but the games were close. UNM dropped two heartbreakers by one run to CSU.

In game one, New Mexico led 1-0 for most of the game and proceeded to give up two runs late. Colorado State won game one 2-1 in seven innings.

Game two was a different story as CSU lead the majority of the time with New Mexico scoring two runs in the seventh to force extra innings. The game was tied 3-3 before the Rams managed to plate a run in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

New Mexico lost a 13-8 decision to New Mexico State Tuesday in the Rio Grande Rivalry held at Lobo Field. The Aggies swept UNM in the two-game series for the first time since 2002 and the first since Singleton took over. Junior Shaunte Duarte went 3-for-3 in the game with two runs and two RBI. The Lobos had five players with multiple hits.

New Mexico has had back-to-back crowds over 1,000 at Lobo Field including a season-high 1,083 Tuesday for the New Mexico State game. UNM has had three crowds over 1,000 this season including the March 15 against against Louisiana-Lafayette during the Judi Garman Classic.

The Rams enter Saturday's game with a 24-22 overall record and a 5-5 Mountain West Conference mark. CSU has won six of its last eight games but have dropped two of their last three conference games. The Rams beat Northern Colorado twice Tuesday in a doubleheader held in Greeley, Colo. CSU pulled out a 3-0 victory in game one and won game two 10-4. The Rams defeated San Diego State last Sunday, 7-4.

Heading into Saturday's game, CSU has five games remaining on the 2009 schedule.

Colorado State currently leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 45-43. The Rams swept a doubleheader earlier this year in Fort Collins, Colo., but New Mexico managed two win three of the four games last year. Lobo head coach Ty Singleton is 3-9 against CSU since taking over the UNM program prior to the 2007 season.

Sophomore Caitlan Stem is leading Colorado State at the plate with a .373 batting average. Stem has 10 doubles, two triples and five home runs this season to go along with 24 RBI. Freshman Christine Thomsen is second on the team in hitting with a .365 average and leads the team with 31 RBIs. CSU is hitting .280 as a team but has four hitters batting over .300.

CSU has used as many as four pitchers. Freshman Kelli Eubanks is the ace throwing 151 innings and is 10-9 on the year. Eubanks has a 3.51 ERA in 31 appearances. Senior Kim Klabough and freshman Danielle Chaplin have both been in the rotation this season. Klaubough is 7-2 on the year with a 4.08 ERA while Chaplin is 6-5 with a 5.32 ERA. Junior Rebecca Penland has also pitched this season for CSU.

New Mexico will close out the 2009 next weekend in Utah. The Lobos battle BYU in Provo on May 7 starting at 7 p.m. before going to Salt Lake City to face the Utes. UNM will play back-to-back single games against Utah on May 8-9. The games will be available on gametracker at GoLobos.com.

Seniors Samantha Hughes and Analise Rubalcava are all-MWC candidates this season. Their outstanding offensive production has them ranked among the best in the MWC. Hughes leads UNM with a .393 average this season while Rubalcava is hitting .412 during conference play.

New Mexico is 6-15 at home this year and is looking for its first win at Lobo Field since April 2. The Lobos last victory at home was against the Utah Utes in the 2009 Mountain West Conference opener.