May 6, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico softball will conclude the 2008 season at home this weekend against Utah and BYU. The Lobos host the Utes Thursday for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. on the Mountain Network. UNM will play its first TV games at Lobo Field in school history and will appear on TV for the second time this season. The Mountain Network will broadcast both games of the twinbill with Utah. Erin Bajackson will call the play-by-play action while Tammy Blackburn will provide the color. The Lobos slam the door on the season with single games Friday and Saturday against the Cougars at 7 p.m.
UNM Chasing Winning Season - The Lobos are chasing a winning season this weekend and will try to finish above .500 for the first time since 2001. UNM is 23-24 overall heading into Thursday's doubleheader with Utah. The magic number for New Mexico is three more wins to reach the mark.
Gilmore Leading The Lobos - UNM sophomore Katie Gilmore is leading the Lobos with a .413 batting average in Mountain West Conference play. Gilmore has scored six runs on 19 hits including five doubles. She has recorded eight RBI in 16 games and has two stolen bases. Gilmore has started every game at second base during conference action and has a season average of .326 which is the second highest on the team.
All-MWC Candidates - New Mexico has numerous players in consideration for All-Mountain West Conference honors including senior Lindsey Elcess and sophomore Katie Gilmore. Elcess leads UNM with a .349 batting average and 10 home runs. Gilmore is second in the MWC with a .413 conference average and is hitting .326 this season. Also in consideration should be sophomore Sara Loeffelholz who has a .289 average, freshman Gabriella Parra who leads the team with 34 RBI and freshman Tianna George.
First Televised Game At Lobo Field - The Mountain Network will televised the first softball games at Lobo Field on Thursday, May 8. The network will air both games of a twinbill with Utah starting at 5 p.m. Since 1978, there has never been a softball game broadcast from Lobo Field. Erin Bajackson will call the play-by-play action.
Last Weekend Review - New Mexico dropped four games last week at UNLV and No. 19 San Diego State. The Lobos were swept by the Rebels in a doubleheader Friday before traveling to California. UNM fell in game one to the Aztecs, 2-1, and in game two, 1-0.
Lobos Host The Utes - New Mexico hosts Utah Thursday in a critical MWC doubleheader. UNM enters the game with a 23-24 record and is 5-11 in league play. The Utes are 28-23 after splitting a pair of game with Utah Valley State on Monday. Utah remains in the hunt for the regular-season title after splitting a two-game series with BYU last weekend. The Utes are led offensively by Diana Phillips who is hitting .379 this season. Utah has four batters hitting over .300 and has a team average of .263. The Utes pitching staff has been led by Ashley Smuda and Brittany Parker. Smuda is 18-11 in 40 appearance with a 2.61 ERA. Parker has pitched in 31 games and has a 10-12 record with a 3.96 ERA.
Series Information With Utah - The Lobos are 30-62-1 all-time against the Utes. UNM and Utah split in two games in Salt Lake City earlier this year. The Lobos won game, 4-2, but dropped game two, 4-3.
Cougar Report - New Mexico concludes the season this weekend against BYU Friday and Saturday. The Cougars entered the week in second place in the MWC standings and still have a shot at the regular-season title. BYU is 38-17 and 11-5 in the MWC. The Cougars play Utah Valley Tuesday before going to Colorado State Friday. BYU is led by Daniela Snow's .414 batting average and 58 RBI. The Cougars are hitting .331 as a team with 75 home runs and 309 RBI.
BYU Series - Friday will be the 41st meeting between the two programs. BYU leads the all-time series 26-14. New Mexico defeated the Cougars in Provo earlier this year for the first time since April 26, 2003. The Lobos split with BYU during that trip.
Lobos On TV - New Mexico softball will have two more games broadcast live on national and/or regional television this season. CBS College Sports Network, formerly known as CSTV, aired the April 3 doubleheader at BYU and the Mountain Network is scheduled to broadcast the May 8 doubleheader against Utah at Lobo Field. The four UNM games are part of an 11 game schedule that includes six games on The Mountain Network, two games on CBS College Sports Network and three on BYU-TV. The announcement means that UNM softball will be aired nationally and regionally for the second straight year. The Lobos played two games last year on the Mountain Network and two on BYU-TV.
Gilmore Named MWC Player of the Week - New Mexico sophomore Katie Gilmore has been named Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week as announced by the league office on April 29. Gilmore earns her first career MWC weekly honor and becomes the first Lobo to be named Player of the Week this season. Gilmore, from Phoenix, Ariz., led New Mexico to a 2-1 record last week, hitting .778 with four doubles in three games. Gilmore went a perfect 3-for-3 against New Mexico State in the Rio Grande Rivalry and batted 4-for-4 against Colorado State in game one of a doubleheader, recording three doubles and two RBI vs. the Rams. For the week, Gilmore went 7-for-9 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored while starting every game at second base for the Lobos. This season, Gilmore is hitting .325 with a team-leading 11 doubles. Gilmore has started every game for New Mexico and has two home runs along 19 RBI.
MWC Standings - New Mexico currently sits in fifth place in the MWC standings with a 5-11 record. The Lobos have four critical conference games remaining on the schedule including four this weekend against Utah and BYU. The regular-season champion earns the automatic bid to the NCAA. The MWC does not have a conference tournament as voted on by the league coaches.
Gametracker Links - Every game for the rest of the season will be available on gametracker and live video for all home games. A complete recap and stats will be posted on www.GoLobos.com following each game.
Building The Program - New Mexico head coach Ty Singleton continues to rebuild the Lobo softball program and the 2008 season has reflected those improvements. UNM is 23-24 this season and on the verge of its first winning season since 2001. The Lobos have surpassed their 2007 total for victories and are one win shy of having the most since 2004.
Lobos Split Tough Weekend - New Mexico split two doubleheaders last weekend against Colorado State and Texas Tech. The Lobos cruised to an 8-2 victory in game one against the Rams but dropped the second, 11-1, in five innings. UNM fell in game one against the Red Raiders, 4-3 but used a solo home run by senior Lindsey Elcess to win game two, 1-0.
Elcess Snaps Home Run Slump - Senior Lindsey Elcess belted her 10th home run of the season against Texas Tech on April 28 and snapped a month long dry spell. The solo home run against the Red Raiders was her 28th career round-tripper and her first this season since March 27 against UTSA. Elcess is currently second on the UNM home run list and needs nine more to pass Kathy Moore for the all-time lead.
UNM Run-Rules Aggies Tuesday - New Mexico softball pounded out 10 hits and run-ruled New Mexico State, 9-1, on April 22 in five innings at Lobo Field. The Lobos had three players record at least two hits including sophomore Katie Gilmore who went 3-for-3 with two RBI. With the win, UNM swept the two-game series with NMSU this season and improved to 21-18. The Aggies are 24-29 on the year with the loss.
Lobos Against Ranked Teams - UNM is 0-10 against ranked teams this year after facing No. 19 San Diego State last weekend. The Lobos have played on the toughest schedules in the nation and still have a chance to have a winning season.
Lobos Takes Two From Rams - New Mexico beat Colorado State twice last weekend and improved to 20-14 on the season. The Lobos scored 19 runs against Rams and pulled out victories of 15-4 and 4-1.
Lobos Defeat Aggies - New Mexico defeated New Mexico State, 7-6, in the Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry on April 8 at the NMSU Softball Complex. The Lobos rallied late to pull out the victory over the Aggies. UNM was led by sophomore Sara Loeffelholz who went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Senior Steps Up - Lindsey Elcess is seventh in the Mountain West Conference in home runs with 10. Elcess's 28 career home runs is good for second place all-time, putting her eight behind Kathy Moore's 36 career home runs. She needs just four more to put her into first place for most home runs in a single season, which would pass Danielle Cassara's 13.
Parra Still Producting - Freshman Gabriella Parra has a .308 batting average and is one of the top hitters for New Mexico. Parra, who is returning after a medical redshirt season, leads the team with 34 RBI and has eight doubles.
Speedy Hughes - Samantha Hughes's 22 stolen bases puts her at 50 for her career, moving her into eighth place all-time. Her season total has her tied for the league lead with Tamani Wells from SDSU. Hughes needs just one to tie Tracy Vun Kannon for seventh.
Ninemire Leading Pitching Staff - UNM senior Kelly Ninemire has recorded 15 wins this season and surpassed her 2007 total of 14. With four games left, Ninemire needs three more wins to crack the top 10 for most wins in a single-season. Ninemire's 29 career victories ranks 10th all-time in Lobo Softball history.
Elcess Continues To Climb Career Charts - Senior Lindsey Elcess is hitting .376 this season and ranks among the best to wear a UNM uniform. Elcess has eight doubles and 10 home runs this season and continues to climb the all-time charts. Elcess is tied for second on the all-time home run list with 28 career bombs and needs 9 to become the UNM all-time leader. The Tucson, Ariz., native, is tied for fifth on the all-time doubles list with 36 and is third all-time with 115 RBI.