May 11, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Mountain West Conference announced its 2006 softball awards Wednesday night at their annual championship banquet. The league's six softball head coaches picked the all-conference team, as well as the coach, player and freshman of the year awards. The University of New Mexico softball team placed seniors Cassie Chavez and Kristina Schmallen on the all-conference team. It is the second all-conference selection for both players.
Chavez is hitting .373 on the season with eight homeruns, 15 doubles and 42 RBI. She is in the top-10 in the MWC in batting, slugging percentage (.640), runs (41), hits (60), RBI, homeruns, doubles and total bases (103). At shortstop, Chavez leads the team with 119 assists and has a fielding percentage of .923.
Schmallen is hitting a team-high .395 this year with a team-high 12 homeruns and 51 RBI. She is also among the top-10 in the MWC in batting, slugging percentage (.691), hits (60), runs (38), homeruns, RBI and total bases. At second base, Schmallen has 106 assists and a fielding percentage of .964.
The other awards were, BYU senior Ianeta Le'i was named Player of the Year for the second time in her career (2004), while San Diego State sophomore Christina Ross captured the Pitcher of the Year award, and teammate Erin Floros garnered Freshman of the Year acclaim. The Aztecs' Kathy Van Wyk collected her second MWC Coach of the Year honor after leading her team to a first-place finish.
The Lobo softball team is currently in Las Vegas, Nev., playing at the MWC Softball Championship. The first game for UNM is Thursday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m. (MDT).