Lobos Travel to CSU to Close Out the Regular Season
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/03/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 3, 2006

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The Lobos (22-28, 3-15 MWC) travel to MWC rival Colorado State for the final regular season games of the year in Fort Collins, Colo. The Rams (25-23, 5-13 MWC) are two games ahead of the Lobo in the conference standings. The first game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) on Saturday, May 6.

New Mexico dropped both games of a doubleheader to open conference play against the Rams on April 1, 2006. CSU outscored the Lobos 21-10 in those two contests.

Both games will be available via GameTracker on www.GoLobos.com.

Colorado State Rams (25-23, 5-13 MWC)
Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Mary Yori
Record at CSU: 161-144 (6th Year)
Career Record: 620-302 (17th Year)
2005 Record: 30-22
2005 Conference Record: 8-8 (3rd)
All-Time vs. CSU: 38-39
2006 vs. CSU: 0-2
Last Time: CSU swept a DH in Albuquerque - 12-7, 9-3 - on 4/1
Top Hitter: Jr. Jessica Strickland - .427, 11 HR, 48 RBIs
Top Pitcher: Fr. Kim Klabaugh - 14-6, 2.69 ERA, 132 Ks
Notes: The Rams took a pair from UNM in Albuquerque at the beginning of conference play on April 1. UNM needs to sweep both games against CSU to avoid finishing alone in sixth place in conference play.
Web Site: www.CSURams.com

UNM has dropped 15-straight games to Colorado State. The last win over the Rams was a 7-1 victory on April 20, 2002, in Fort Collins. Kim Newbern is still looking for her first win over CSU as head coach of the Lobos.

The Lobos won the first game of the weekend trip to Utah, downing the Utes 7-3. However, they dropped the last three, including an 8-5 second against Utah in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. UNM moved on to Provo on Saturday and played a hard-fought 9-8 loss to BYU in the first game of a doubleheader. UNM had the lead late in the game, but the Cougars scored in the bottom of the seventh for the win. BYU cruised in the second game, winning 16-1 in five innings. Friday • April 28 • Utah • W, 7-3 - L, 8-5 Saturday • April 29 • BYU • L, 9-8 - L, 16-1 (5)

Senior Kristina Schmallen has 12 homers on the season and is currently just outside of the top-50 in the nation. The 50 runs she has driven home in 50 games puts her in 22nd place in the NCAA with 1.00 RBIs/game. She is tied for second in the MWC in HRs, three off the pace set by BYU's Ianeta Le'i. Schmallen is also second in the league in slugging % (.703) and second in RBIs (50).

Senior Kristina Schmallen and sophomore Lindsey Elcess are closing in on some impressive Lobo single season records. They hold a slugging percentage of .703 and .694, respectively, which are the second and third highest marks in school history. Both are trying to become the second Lobo to post a slugging percentage over .700 for a season. Danielle Cassara is the only Lobo to do so in school history, recording a .714 mark in 1999.

Schmallen's 12 homers this season currently puts her in a tie for second with Kathy Moore (2000) on UNM's single season list. One more HR will move her into a tie for first place with Danielle Cassara (1999). Elcess has 10 round-trippers of her own and is in fifth place on the single season chart.

Schmallen is also moving up the season RBI charts. She has driven in 50 runs in 2006, putting her at No. 3 in the single season record books. She needs one more to catch Danielle Cassara (2000) for second place. Cassara set the Lobo season record for RBIs with 54 in 1999. Elcess is not too far behind on the list. Her 44 RBIs are the fifth most in a season by a Lobo.

Senior Kristina Schmallen is currently batting .399 (59-148) on the season. She is trying to become the fifth player in the 28-year history of Lobo softball to hit over .400. Tammy Goff (.443 - 1978), Casey Coffman (.430 - 1996), Danielle Cassara (.405 - 1999) and Heather Medearis (.401 - 1994) are the four Lobos who hit over .400 in a season.

Junior catcher Liz Young has thrown out 20 runners in 2006. That mark leads the MWC and is also a new Lobo single-season record. She passed Ashley Shartzers' previous mark of 19 set last year.

Head coach Kim Newbern earned the 300th win of her career with a 1-0 victory at UNLV last weekend. She has a 93-134-1 record in over three years at UNM. She posted a 209-111 mark in six years at Washburn, giving her a career line of 302-245-1.

Five different Lobos have been honored as either MWC Player or Pitcher of the Week so far this season. UNM swept the weekly honors on two occasions, March 13 and March 27. Here is a list of the Lobos' Players and Pitchers of the Week.
Player of the Week
3/13 • Freshman Analise Rubalcava
3/20 • Senior Cassie Chavez
3/27 • Senior Kristina Schmallen
Pitcher of the Week
3/13 • Junior Caley Peterson
3/27 • Senior Katie Gregg
4/11 • Senior Katie Gregg

The Lobos have not been held scoreless once so far this season. New Mexico has scored at least one run in all 50 games played, including scoring on top-ranked Arizona and Stanford in its first weekend of competition. The last time New Mexico was held scoreless was in the May 12 conference tournament game against Utah in 2005. The Utes defeated the Lobos 1-0.

The Lobos head to the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 11-13. UNLV will host the event and the bracket and game times will be released following this weekend's games.

Senior Katie Gregg pitched a gem in the Lobos' 1-0 win over UNLV on April 9. The right-hander from Overland Park, Kan., struck out seven batters while tossing a one-hit shutout against the Rebels. It was her seventh complete game of the year and the second time she has blanked an opponent. It was also the fewest hits allowed in a game by the Lobos this season. For her efforts, Gregg was named the MWC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

New Mexico posted an impressive 13-game winning streak from Feb. 25 against Northern Colorado until March 19 in a 4-2 loss to Texas Tech. The winning streak was the third longest in UNM history and by far the longest under head coach Kim Newbern.

When at Lobo Field this March, fans will notice a brand new facility connected to the Lobos' dugout. The renovation project was completed in the fall of 2005, just in time for New Mexico's 2006 season. The facility houses the Lobos' locker room, coaches' offices, and indoor batting cages. Both dugouts also received major overhauls for the first time, including construction to make each sit below ground level. New bull pens were constructed for New Mexico as well, sitting just past the home dugout down the third base line.

Lobo field now has a more completed look with the new additions and renovations. Fans, make sure to get your tickets to see the Lobo softball team in action this month. For more ticket information, call 925-LOBO.