April 28, 2010
The University of New Mexico softball team (10-31) travels to Utah for three games Thursday-Saturday. New Mexico will play a game at Utah (23-23) on Thursday at 4 p.m. MT. The Lobos then head to BYU (33-10) to play a game on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.
GameTracker and live audio will be provided for Thursday's game against Utah. GameTracker and live video streaming will be provided for BYU's games on Friday and Saturday. The BYU games will also be shown live on BYU-TV. BYU-TV can be seen on Comcast channel 289, DIRECTV channel 374, on the Dish Network on channel 9403, and channel 392 on Cable One in Rio Rancho.
New Mexico will have four games left in the season after playing BYU. The Lobos will head on the road to play Colorado State on May 8. New Mexico will finish up the season at home on May 13-15 against UNLV and San Diego State. The Lobos will recognize their seniors in the final game of the season on May 15 against San Diego State at 1 p.m. MT.
RECAPPING THE LAST GAMES FOR NEW MEXICO
The Lobo softball team went 0-2 against UTEP on Tuesday, losing 12-2 and 7-3. Senior Cristin Anderson combined for two runs and an RBI against UTEP to lead the Lobos at the plate. Jessica Garcia went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the first game of the doubleheader. Stefanie Carramusa, Kerry Hodgins, and Sheryl Guillermo each had a run for the Lobos during the day. Hodgins made her first appearance this season in the circle in game one against UTEP, pitching three innings and striking out one.
Thursday's game against Utah will be the 112th meeting between the two teams, with the Utes leading the series 72-38-1. New Mexico has won eight out of the past 13 games that have been played since 2007. The most recent win for the Lobos came on May 9, 2009, when they won 5-2. The Utes swept both games against the Lobos earlier this season, winning 10-2 and 9-1 on April 16-17 in Albuquerque.
Utah comes into this weekend with a 23-23 record after sweeping two games against Utah State on Monday. The Utes won the first game of the doubleheader 8-7 and the final game 8-3. Utah is currently fifth in the Mountain West Conference with a 3-5 record. The Utes are led at the plate by Hannah Clements with a .374 batting average with 14 doubles, four home runs, and 26 RBIs. Kara Foster leads the team in home runs with eight and is hitting .363 with 31 RBIs.
Utah is led in the circle by Ashley Smuda with a 3.40 ERA and a 19-11 record with 126 strikeouts. Smuda was named the MWC Player of the Week on April 26. Brittany Parker has a 5.69 ERA and a 3-7 record with 60 strikeouts. Rounding out the pitching staff for the Utes are Joni Cook and Tori Medina.
Friday's game against BYU will be the 45th meeting between the two teams, with the Cougars leading the series 32-12. BYU has won the past seven games, with the last win (10-5) coming on April 15, 2010. The last time the Loboes beat BYU was back on April 3, 2008 when Analise Rubalcava hit a home run to put the Lobos up 3-1.
BYU, who is receiving votes, comes into Friday's game with a 33-10 record after sweeping two games against Idaho State on Tuesday. BYU won the first game of the doubleheader 6-2 and the final game 11-5. The Cougars are currently first in the Mountain West Conference with a 6-2 record. BYU is led at the plate by Angeline Quiocho with a .411 batting average, hitting 13 doubles, 18 home runs, and 54 RBIs. Andrea Ramirez is hitting .386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs.
Paige Affleck leads the Cougars in the circle with a 2.25 ERA and a 23-8 record. Affleck has 162 strikeouts and four shutouts so far this season. Hannah Howell has a 4.28 ERA and a 2-1 record with 39 strikeouts. Rounding out the BYU pitching staff is Christie Zinanti who has a 3.75 ERA and an 8-1 record with 67 strikeouts.