April 17, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico sophomore Analise Rubalcava has been named the Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week as announced by the league office today. Rubalcava was monumental in the Lobos conference opening weekend, helping UNM go 2-1 with wins over the league leading UNLV Rebels and the defending champion San Diego State Aztecs.
Rubalcava started three games hitting, .625 in eight at-bats last week to help the Lobos open conference play with a 2-1 record. She went 3-for-3 against league-leading UNLV with two runs scored and four RBI. The Chandler, Ariz., native hit her third homerun of the year and had an RBI double against the Rebels. Against San Diego State, Rubalcava went 2-for-5, scoring twice and collecting an RBI. She went 1-for-2 on Sunday with two walks and a clutch RBI-single in the sixth inning to help lift New Mexico past the Aztecs. Defensively, the third-baseman made seven putouts and had eight assists without committing an error. She currently ranks seventh in the league for on-base percentage at .447 and tenth for fielding percentage at .987.
This marks the first weekly MWC award for Rubalcava and the third honor for New Mexico this year. The Lobos continue conference play this weekend at Utah on April 19 in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. For more information about Rubalcava and the Lobo visit www.GoLobos.com.