UNM Softball Hosts Oklahoma State This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/27/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Feb. 27, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball hosts Oklahoma State this weekend for a three-game series at Lobo Field. The first game is slated for Friday at 5 p.m. with single games at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The games will be broadcast on all-access and available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com. The Lobos enter the series with a 6-5 overall record, while the Cowgirls are 10-6 on the season.

Oklahoma State Series Information - The Cowgirls lead the all-time series 3-16. UNM's last victory over Oklahoma State was a 9-1 victory on Feb. 22, 1997.

Checking Out The Cowgirls - Oklahoma State is 10-6 on the season and has won its last two games. The Cowgirls won three out of five games last weekend at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. OSU has hit 21 home runs this season and is hitting .323 as a team. Mariah Gearhart leads the team with a .480 batting average including 10 RBI, 2 doubles and 2 homers. The Cowgirls have five hitters batting over .350. OSU has gone with three pitchers this season and has been led by Sarah Odom. Odom has a 1.79 ERA in 10 appearances and a 5-2 record.

Series Coverage - The three-game series with Oklahoma State will be broadcast live on all-access on www.GoLobos.com. Gametracker of the games will also be available.

MWC Announces Softball Broadcast Schedule - New Mexico softball will have four games broadcast live on national and regional television this season as announced today by the league office. CBS College Sports Network, formerly known as CSTV, will air 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. The Mtn., will not only broadcast live softball games, but will air pre-game and post-game shows for those contests. The Mtn., will also feature softball coverage on its shows, The Mountain View and The Mountain Cap, which break down MWC games, look ahead to the big match ups on the horizon and feature extensive game highlights.

Lobos Off To Solid Start - New Mexico is 6-5 overall and off to its best start since 2004. The Lobos opened the year taking two of three from Evansville and have since gone 2-2 during the last two weekends. While in Tuscaloosa, Ala., UNM defeated Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee. Last weekend, the Lobos beat Missouri and Texas Tech in the Lobo Invitational.

Lobos Against Ranked Teams - UNM is 0-2 against ranked teams this year and will play three more opponents this season currently ranked. UNM faces Arizona, Arizona and San Diego State later this season.

UNM Concludes Lobo Invitational - New Mexico went 2-2 in the Lobo Invitational held in Albuquerque from Feb. 22-24. The Lobos defeated Missouri and Texas Tech in the final two games. Senior Lindsey Elcess hit .385 during the tournament including three RBI, two doubles and a home run. UNM hit .248 as a team.

Parra Shines At Crimson Classic - New Mexico freshman Gabriella Parra hit .364 in four games at the Alabama Crimson Classic including her first collegiate home run. Parra collected four hits in 11 at-bats with two runs scored and three RBI. The Albuquerque native, had her best game against Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 16 after going 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI including the homer. In two games against Georgia Tech, she was 2-for-6 with a double.

UNM Goes 2-2 At Crimson Classic - New Mexico is 4-3 overall after going 2-2 last weekend in the Hampton Inn Crimson Classic. The Lobos defeated Georgia Tech, 1-0, and beat Middle Tennessee State, 7-5. Freshman Gabriella Parra highlighted UNM's four games after hitting .364 in 11 at-bats. Senior Kelly Ninemire provided the pitching throwing 12 innings allowing a run on nine hits. Ninemire finished the weekend with a 1-1 record and a 0.58 ERA.

Scouting Lobo Pitching - UNM has used three pitchers this season. The Lobos have primarily relied on senior Kelly Ninemire and freshman Kyla Nelson. Ninemire has pitched 32.2 innings and has a 1.93 ERA with a 3-2 record. Nelson is 3-3 on the year with a 4.31 ERA in 39.0 innings.

Singleton Defeated Former Squad - New Mexico head coach Ty Singleton defeated his former squard Missouri Saturday, 6-4. Singleton guided Missouri to three NCAA Tournaments in his four seasons in Columbia and recruited the majority of the student-athletes on the roster. The victory for UNM was only the second all-time against Missouri.

Loeffelholz Continues To Lead Lobos - Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz currently leads UNM with a .387 batting average. Loeffelholz has dominated in the box this season going 12-for-31 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. She has also scored four times and plated seven RBI. The Omaha, Neb., native is one of four Lobos hitting over .300.

Lobos Win Three-Game Set With Evansville - New Mexico softball went 2-1 in the opening weekend after taking two of three from Evansville. The Lobos hit .347 against the Purple Aces with eight doubles and five home runs. UNM won its first season opening game since 2001.

Elcess Continues To Climb Career Charts - Senior Lindsey Elcess is hitting .375 this season and ranks among the best to wear a UNM uniform. Elcess has four doubles and three home runs this season and continues to climb the all-time charts. Elcess is fourth on the all-time home run list with 21 career bombs and ranks seventh on the all-time doubles list with 32. She also ranks fifth all-time with 93 RBI.

UNM Goes Deep In Opening Weekend - The Lobos hit five home runs as a team during the opening weekend including two by senior Lindsey Elcess. Elcess was one of two UNM players to finish the weekend hitting over. 500. Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz started the year in tremendous fashion after hitting .714 in three games including her first home run. Along with Elcess and Loeffelholz, freshman Kim Holyfield and Tianna George belted homers.

Lobo Softball Launches the RBI Club - Support UNM softball by joining the RBI Booster Club. This elite club provides you with exclusive access during all Lobo home games as well as multiple other benefits like getting to know the team on a personal basis. Visit the link below and find out more about becoming an official member of the RBI Club. http://www.active.com/donate/unmrbiclub

Lobos Return Talented Roster - New Mexico returns six starters and two pitchers from 2007 and are loaded for another successful campaign. Junior Analise Rubalcava is back after hitting .393 and was an All-Mountain West Conference selection last season. Along with Rubalcava, seniors Lindsey Elcess and Ashley Allen return with junior Samantha Hughes and sophomores Katie Gilmore and Sara Loeffelholz. Senior Kelly Ninemire heads into her final season as the No. 1 starter with freshman Kyla Nelson listed as the No. 2.

Lobo Field Receives Needed Upgrade - The newly renovated softball facility has given Lobo Field a new look and the players a comfortable space to call their own. A new field surface has been installed as well as a new infield dirt. There will be two 500 seat grandstands in left and right center along with a berm located behind the centerfield fence. New electronic scoreboards will be located along the foul lines. The new look allows Lobo Field to be one of the top fields in the country.

UNM Picked Fourth In Preseason MWC Poll - New Mexico softball has been selected fourth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll. The Lobos are tied with Colorado State for fourth after receiving 13 points apiece. BYU, who won the 2007 regular-season championship, was predicted to win the league with San Diego State finishing second and UNLV third. The final spot in the poll belongs to Utah after only receiving five points. The six league coaches voted in the poll.

Score First and Win - New Mexico is 5-0 when it scores first and 6-0 when leading after the fourth inning.

Hitting Streaks - Senior Lindsey Elcess and sophomore Sara Loeffelholz are riding a three-game hitting streak into this weekends series with Oklahoma State. Both have season long streaks of four games and have the longest current streaks on the team.

MWC and The Polls - San Diego State is the only ranked team in the Mountain West Conference this week. The Aztecs are ranked 20/21 and have an 11-4 overall record. However, Colorado State and UNLV are receiving votes this week. The Rams are 11-2 on the year, while the Rebels are 10-6-1 this season.

On The Horizon - New Mexico hosts the UNM Spring Invitational on March 7-8. Georgetown and Wright State are in town for a quick scramble. There will be three games each day starting with a neutral game between Georgetown and Wright State at 12 p.m. On March 7, UNM plays WSU at 3 p.m. and Georgetown at 6 p.m. On March 8, UNM faces Georgetown at 3 p.m. and Wright State at 6 p.m.

MWC Opener - UNM opens the Mountain West Conference schedule with a doubleheader on April 3 at BYU. The games are slated to start at 5 p.m. and will be televised on CBS College Sports Network, formerly known as CSTV. Last year, UNM and BYU were aired on the BYU-TV network live from Provo, Utah.