Jan. 29, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball has been selected fourth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll released today by the league office. 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.
UNM is coming off a 20-25 regular-season and was in contention for the conference title until the final weekend in 2007. The Lobos went 9-11 in MWC action and recorded their most conference wins since 2002. Under the direction of head coach Ty Singleton, UNM made major strides in improving the program in just his first season. Singleton returns for the 2008 campaign and is ready for another run at an MWC crown.
The Lobos return a wealth of talent and have added five talented freshmen. All-MWC selection Analise Rubalcava is back after hitting a team-leading .393 last season. Rubalcava was one of the most dominate players in the MWC after hitting seven doubles, clubbing seven home runs and recording 34 RBIs. Altogether, UNM has six starters back on defense and two experienced pitchers.
New Mexico hosts Evansville on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. in the 2008 season opener at Lobo Field. Season and single-game tickets are currently available at (505) 925-LOBO and online at www.GoLobos.com.
2008 Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll
1. BYU (5)
2. San Diego State (1)
T4. Colorado State
T4. New Mexico