April 14, 2010
The University of New Mexico softball team looks to get its first win in conference play this weekend as they return home for an eight-game homestand. The homestand begins Thursday as the Lobos host BYU at 6 p.m. at Lobo Field. New Mexico then hosts Utah for two games Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Friday night's game against Utah will be "Pack the Park," all tickets are $2 and can be purchased at the gate. GameTracker and live streaming will be provided for all games, visit GoLobos.com for more information.
New Mexico will continue their homestand with a rematch against New Mexico State on April 20. They will play Colorado State on April 24-25 for two games. The Lobos will finish up the homestand in non-conference play with a midweek doubleheader against UTEP on April 27.
New Mexico still looks to improve over last year's Mountain West Conference record. The Lobos were 4-11 last year in conference play and finished the season in sixth place. New Mexico also looks to improve over last year's overall record, when they finished the season with a 13-35 record. The Lobos have already won 10 games this season and still have 15 games remaining.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND FOR NEW MEXICO
The University of New Mexico softball team went 0-3 in the first week of conference play at San Diego State and UNLV this past weekend. The Lobos lost 7-2 against a tough pitching staff in the opening day of conference play against the Aztecs. The Lobos then headed to Las Vegas, Nev. and lost the first game 8-3 and the final game 12-11. Shenise Cox hit her first home run of the season against San Diego State. Cox also scored three runs and stole two bases on the last day against UNLV. Stefanie Carramusa went 3-for-5 hitting her second home run of the season and also had a double, and scored three runs in the final day against UNLV.
Thursday's game against BYU will be the 44th meeting between the two teams, with the Cougars leading the series 31-12. BYU has won the past six games, with the last win (3-1) coming on April 4, 2009. 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 recieving votes, comes into Thursday's game with a 27-8 record and are currently riding a seven-game winning streak. The Cougars beat Utah Valley on Tuesday, 12-3. In the opening day of conference play, BYU went 2-0 on the weekend against Utah winning 4-1, 6-5. BYU is led at the plate by Angeline Quiocho with a .436 batting average, hitting 11 doubles, 13 home runs, and 42 RBIs. Andrea Ramirez is hitting .377 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs.
Paige Affleck leads the Cougars in the circle with a 2.10 ERA and a 20-6 record. Affleck 136 strikeouts and three shutouts so far this season. Hannah Howell has a 3.78 ERA and a 2-1 record with 38 strikeouts. Rounding out the BYU pitching staff is Christie Zinanti who has a 4.56 ERA and a 5-1 record with 43 strikeouts.
Friday's game against Utah will be the 110th meeting between the two teams, with the Utes leading the series 70-38-1. New Mexico has won eight out of the past 11 games that have been played since 2007. The most recent win for the Lobos came on May 9, 2009, when they won 5-2.
Utah comes into this weekend with a 17-20 record after opening conference play 0-2 against BYU. The Utes are led at the plate by Hannah Clements with a .346 batting average with 13 doubles, three home runs, and 22 RBIs. Kara Foster leads the team in home runs with six and is hitting .337 with 24 RBIs.
Utah is led in the circle by Ashley Smuda with a 3.26 ERA and a 14-9 record with 96 strikeouts. Brittany Parker has a 5.91 ERA and a 2-6 record with 50 strikeouts. Rounding out the pitching staff for the Utes are Joni Cook and Tori Medina.