Lobo Softball Takes On No. 8 Arizona This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/12/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 12, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball travels to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend to battle No. 8 Arizona in a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Lobos are 13-5 overall and have won their last nine games. The Cats have an overall record of 15-5 and have won back-to-back National Championships. The first game of the series is slated for Friday night at 7 p.m. Live scoring of the event will be available at www.GoLobos.com.

UNM Review - New Mexico is 13-5 overall and has a nine game winning streak heading into the Arizona series this weekend. The Lobos have four hitters batting over .300 this season and are led by freshman Gabriella Parra. Parra has a .434 batting average in 53 at-bats with a team-leading 19 RBI, three home runs and four doubles. Senior Lindsey Elcess jumped her batting average to .408 and has a team-leading six home runs. In the circle, senior Kelly Ninemire has emerged as the ace. Ninemire has an 8-2 overall mark and a 1.57 earned run average. UNM has used three other pitchers including freshmen Kyla Nelson and Madelyn Machac. Sophomore Tori Rogers was made a two starts.

Series Information - Friday will be the 36th meeting all-time between Arizona and New Mexico. The Cats lead the series, 31-4 all-time. Last season, UNM was swept in a three-game series in Tucson last year.

Tracking The Cats - No. 8 Arizona is 15-5 overall and are coming off a loss to Creighton Saturday that snapped a 13-game winning streak. The Wildcats are hitting .326 as a team and have 10 batters with a batting average over .300. Arizona has been ranked as high as No. 1 this season and has won back-to-back National Championships heading into the season. UA has used as many as three pitchers including All-American Taryne Mowatt. Mowatt has a 6-4 record with a 1.74 ERA in 76 1/3 innings. Mowatt has 117 strikeouts this season in 12 appearances. Lindsey Sisk and Sarah Akamine have also seen time in the circle.

Hitting Streaks - Senior Lindsey Elcess and sophomore Katie Gilmore enter the Arizona series on a five-game hitting streak. Both have set new season-high marks and remain two games shy of the season high. Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz holds the season-high with a hit in seven consecutive games.

Online Features - The weekend series at No. 8 Arizona will be available via gametracker through www.GoLobos.com.

Lobos Open Season On Roll - New Mexico is off to its best start since the 1999 season. UNM is currently 13-5 through the first 18 games. Under the direction of Susan Craig in 1999, the Lobos opened the year on a 17-1 run. UNM finished that season with a 42-14 overall record.

Singleton Leading Lobos - New Mexico head coach Ty Singleton is in his second season leading the Lobos and has a 33-30 record in the Cherry and Silver. Singleton guided UNM to a 20-25 mark in 2007 and has the Lobos at 13-5 this year. UNM contended for a Mountain West Conference Championship last spring and finished with a 9-11 conference record. The nine MWC victories were the most by a Lobo squad since the 2002 season. Singleton has a career record of 238-163 with five NCAA appearances in seven seasons.

Ninemire Named MWC Pitcher of the Week - Senior pitcher Kelly Ninemire, a Prosper, Texas, native, went 3-0 last weekend in the New Mexico Classic. She posted a 0.86 ERA in 16 1/3 innings of work. Ninemire started game one vs. Wright State on Friday, pitching 6 2/3 innings, while allowing just two runs off of six hits and striking out seven. On Saturday, she came in relief against Wright State and Georgetown. Against the Hoyas, Ninemire pitched the final four innings, allowing a run and two hits, en route to the win. Over the weekend, she earned 23 total strikeouts, allowed three runs and only one walk.

Parra Provides Big Lift for Lobos - New Mexico freshman Gabriella Parra hit .667 in four games of the New Mexico Classic last weekend. Parra had two home runs against Georgetown Saturday and finished the tournament with seven RBI. Against the Hoyas Friday, Parra was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a double. Saturday, Parra continued her offensive production going 4-for-6 in two games with four runs scored and four RBI.

Lobos Go Undefeated at New Mexico Classic - New Mexico went 4-0 last weekend in the UNM classic held at Lobo Field. The Lobos defeated Wright State and Georgetown twice during the two-day round robin tournament.

Elcess Continues To Climb Career Charts - Senior Lindsey Elcess is hitting .408 this season and ranks among the best to wear a UNM uniform. Elcess has four doubles and six home runs this season and continues to climb the all-time charts. Elcess is fourth on the all-time home run list with 24 career bombs and ranks seventh on the all-time doubles list with 32. She also ranks fourth all-time with 100 RBI. Elcess needs four RBI to pass Brooke Chaffee for third place on the list.

On the Horizon - Following the Arizona series this weekend, UNM will travel to Fullerton, Calif., for the Judi Garman from March 19-22. The Lobos are slated to play a very tough schedule including No. 25 Long Beach State and No. 1 Arizona State. While in California, UNM will play an exhibition game against USA Softball on March 21.

Lobos Open MWC Action at BYU - New Mexico opens Mountain West Conference action on April 3 at BYU. The Lobos and Cougars will play a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. with both games being broadcast live on CSTV. Following the twinbill with BYU, UNM will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to face Utah for two games.

Lobos On TV - New Mexico softball will have four games broadcast live on national and regional television this season as announced by the league office in February. 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.

UNM Picked Fourth In MWC Preseason Poll - 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.

Lobos Ink Three Standouts - Three players signed National Letters of Intent with New Mexico softball, Coach Ty Singleton announced in November. Shenise Cox, Jessica Garcia and Kerry Hodgins all inked NLIs to join the Lobo softball program. Cox is a speedy outfielder from Antioch, Calif., who plays at Deer Valley High School. The addition of Cox gives UNM another outfield with great range and a powerful hitter. Hodgins, the sister of former Lobo Ryanne, is listed as an outfielder and second baseman. She currently attends John Burroughs High School in Burbank, Calif., where she has excelled on the softball field. Garcia has been listed by several publications as one of the top catchers in California. Texas Tech Rescheduled - New Mexico softball will travel to Lubbock, Texas on April 28 to battle Texas Tech in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. CT. The original twinbill was postponed due to weather.

UNM Sweeps Oklahoma State - New Mexico completed a three-game sweep of Oklahoma State Sunday, March 2 with a 7-4 victory at Lobo Field. Freshman Gabriella Parra led UNM with three hits and was one of three Lobos to have multiple hits in the contest. New Mexico plated seven runs on 11 hits and extends its winning streak to five games.

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.

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.

Singleton Defeated Former Squad - New Mexico head coach Ty Singleton defeated his former squard Missouri on Feb. 23, 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.

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.

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 State and San Diego State later in the season.

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

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.