May 2, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - On the Mountain West Road @ Fresno State
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- After having a much-needed break thanks to last weekend's bye, the University of New Mexico softball squad travels to Fresno State May 3-5 for a three-game Mountain West series with the Bulldogs.
The Lobo softball team enters the weekend with a 21-29 overall mark and a 3-9 MW record. UNM is coming off a sweep of UTEP as New Mexico topped the Miners, 6-5 and 4-2 at home on April 24.
Fresno State enters the series with a 27-22 overall record, an 8-7 MW mark and a 15-3 record at Bulldog Diamond. This is the last conference series for the Bulldogs who rank tied for fourth in the MW and are fresh off a 1-2 weekend series at league leader San Diego State. Fresno State took the third game off the series, 4-0, as freshman Jill Compton threw her sixth shutout of the season. The `Dogs have two series wins in league play as they topped Nevada 2-1 in the opening weekend of MW play and swept Boise State mid April. Fresno State has yet to be swept, however, as they've taken at least one game in series with UNLV, Colorado State and SDSU.
Freshman Mariah Rimmer leads New Mexico at the plate with a .333 average. She has started every game this season and has recorded a team high 54 hits and 69 total bases. She's also the Lobos' and the Mountain West leader (tied with Fresno State's Brenna Moss) in stolen bases with 25 successful steals in 32 attempts.
Ingram is the only other Lobo who has started every game. The senior has a .294 average and has really filled in as needed for the Lobos. Ingram has started 36 games at third base, five at shortstop, five at second base, two in left field and two in center field. She is currently riding a six-game hitting streak that began April 14 at UNLV. Ingram led the Lobos in the month of April with a .412 batting average, recording a team best 14 hits in 34 at-bats.
Freshman hurler Lauren Soles has logged a team-high 123 2/3 innings over 25 appearances and a team-high 21 starts. The lefty has a 9-13 record and a Lobo-best 101 strikeouts and ERA of 3.28. DeBroeck made a team-high six starts in the month of April and also led the pitching staff in appearances last month with seven. Her record for April was 3-3. Overall, DeBroeck has thrown 101 1/3 innings over 25 appearances and 15 starts. She is 7-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 59 strikeouts recorded.
Senior Kari Gutierrez had a team-best 3.82 ERA for the month of April in 3 2/3 innings tossed over two appearances.
As a team, Fresno State bats .278. Diane Runge leads the squad with a .315 average. Paige Gumz and Vonnie Martin are the other two Bulldogs with averages above .300, Gumz hits at a .312 clip and Martin owns a .308 average. Brenna Moss hits .299 and is tied with UNM's Mariah Rimmer for stolen bases on the season with 25 in 27 attempts. Stesha Brazil leads the team with nine homers and 24 RBIs.
Compton, the 'Dogs freshman ace, owns a 13-13 record in 35 appearances and 28 starts. The rookie has thrown 173 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 3.14. She sixth in the league for opposing batting average (.252) and fifth in the MW for batters struck out (119).
Taylor Langdon and Hannah Harris are the other two hurlers for the `Dogs. Langdon has a team-best 1.96 ERA in 17 appearances (50 inn. pitched) and Harris is 8-7 with an ERA of 2.51 in 25 appearances.
Defensively, Fresno State is third in the league for double plays turned, having tallied 18. The Lobos are second in the MW with 19 double plays recorded this season.
Lobo Softball Notes...
THE SOONER, THE BETTER... The earlier in the game the Lobos score, the better the result. This season, New Mexico is 16-5 when scoring first and 10-4 when scoring in the first inning. On the reverse, the Lobos are 5-24 when their opponent scores first and 4-16 when the other team strikes in the first inning. When leading after the first inning, the Lobos are 9-2, but when they're trailing after the first, their record is just 3-15. A tie after one frame has resulted in a 9-12 record for UNM. The earlier the Lobos put up runs, the better off they are.
STREAK TALK... Senior Kaity Ingram is on a six-game hitting streak for UNM. The senior recorded three hits in the doubleheader with UTEP - a triple, a double and a single. The streak began on April 14 at UNLV and has featured 11 hits --including a triple, three doubles and one RBI. Ingram led the Lobos at the plate in the month of April as she hit .412 (14-for-34), scored three runs and drove in two.
NOW LET'S TALK DeBROECK... Senior Kaela DeBroeck had one of her best weekends of the 2013 campaign at UNLV, April 12-14. The right-handed hurler went 1-1 in two starts and 11 innings pitched in the Lobos' 1-2 weekend. The Walla Walla, Wash., native gave up just one earned run over two complete games for a weekend ERA of 0.64. DeBroeck scattered 10 hits while walking one and striking out five. She held the Rebels to a .256 batting average over both games and gave up just one extra-base hit. In her 4-2 win over UTEP on April 24, DeBroeck recorded a season-best seven strikeouts while holding the Miners to six hits and two earned runs. Career-wise, DeBroeck owns the Lobos record for batters faced as she's at 2,421 and counting. She also ranks in the top-10 in Lobo softball history in eight additional categories: appearances (2nd, 126); runners caught stealing (3rd, 34); games started (2nd, 82); saves (T6th, 2); innings pitched (6th, 504.1); strikeouts (6th, 250); complete games (7th, 38); and wins (T8th, 35).
GUTIERREZ STEPS UP... Senior Kari Gutierrez has stepped up significantly in the last month for the Lobos. The pitcher/designated player has started 10 games in the month of April as the Lobos' DP. Twice she has moved into the circle in relief and still had at-bats. Gutierrez's start as the DP on April 6 was her first appearance since the second game of UNM's doubleheader at Oregon State on March 14. She had one at-bat in that contest. Against the Broncos on April 6, she went 2-for-2, including her first career extra-base hit -- an RBI triple in the bottom of the second inning. It was also her first career RBI. Gutierrez hit her first career home run -- a grand slam-- at UNLV in New Mexico's 10-0 (5 inn.) win over the Rebels. It was just her seventh start at DP this season and in the fourth inning, with the bases loaded, she stepped up to the plate for her 15th at-bat of 2013 and sent the ball soaring over the center-field fence. Her four RBIs gave the Lobos the runs they needed to secure a run-rule victory. She hit her second career homer against Nevada on April 20, driving in two runs with the dinger. In the month of April, she hit .231 and went 6-for-26 with six runs scored and a team-best nine RBIs. Gutierrez spent 3 2/3 innings in the circle in April and led the Lobos with an ERA of 3.82.
543 GDP... 543 GDP is statistician's lingo for one of the more common double play scenarios in softball, and while not all 19 of the Lobos' DPs have happened in that fashion it's still an impressive stat and one New Mexico can pride itself on. The Lobos rank second among Mountain West teams and 48th in the nation for fielding double plays. UNLV is first in the MW with 24. Last season, UNM had 14 DPs total.