March 5, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico softball will host Iowa State this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders at Lobo Field. UNM and the Cyclones will battle Saturday at 1 p.m. MT and concluded the four-game series Sunday starting at noon. All four games will be available via gametracker and live video on www.GoLobos.com. Audio will be available for Sunday's games.
The Lobos are 6-8 on the season and have won three of their last four games. UNM is on a three-game home winning streak heading into the Iowa State series. Shaunte Duarte who is hitting .500 in 28 at-bats leads New Mexico. Freshman Jessica Lujan-Dresslar is off to a great start hitting .350 while senior Samantha Hughes is batting .348 with a team-leading five doubles and 11 RBI.
Senior Analise Rubalcava is the ace of the Lobo pitching staff and is 3-4 on the year. Rubalcava has pitched 52 innings and has a 3.63 ERA. She is also hitting .294 with a team-leading 12 RBI and two home runs.
True freshmen Danielle Castro and Kerry Hodgins have seen time in the circle for the Lobos. Hodgins pitched against Oklahoma State last weekend and fell to 2-1 on the season. Castro is 1-3 with a 5.96 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.
UNM is 4-4 this season at home and has won three straight at Lobo Field.
UNM was recently defeated 8-0 at Oklahoma State Sunday at Cowgirls Stadium. The Lobos were led to two hits in the contest but had multiple scoring opportunities.
Iowa State currently leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 9-4. The Cyclones have won four straight dating back to the 1998 season. ISU won the last meeting, 2-1, in the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament on March 14, 2003. The Last victory UNM got over the Cyclones was on April 27, 1991 in Albuquerque, 2-0. The Lobos lead the series, 3-2, when playing at Lobo Field.
New Mexico is 2-2 this season against teams from the Big 12 conference. The Lobos fell to Oklahoma State Sunday but beat Texas Tech twice during the New Mexico Invitational.
Iowa State is 14-6 overall and has lost four of its last five games. The Cyclones are coming off Mayfair Tournament in Long Beach, Calif. ISU's only victory was against Fresno State.
Alex Johnson leads Iowa State offensively with a .345 batting average. Johnson has two home runs, five doubles and 17 RBI. The Cyclones are hitting .255 as a team and have played every game on the road.
Iowa State has primarily used two pitchers including ace Rachel Zabriskie. Zabriskie is 7-4 overall with a 0.89 ERA in 79 innings. Charissa Carlin has thrown 50 1/3 innings this season and is 7-2 on the year.