Lobos Travel to Utah and BYU This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/26/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 26, 2006

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The Lobos (21-25, 2-12 MWC) travel to Utah this weekend looking to get back on the winning track at Utah and BYU. The Lobos have lost five-straight overall and are two games behind fifth-place Colorado State (23-19, 4-10 MWC) with six left to play. New Mexico has not won a game on the Utah road swing since taking a 7-3 win at Utah on April 27, 2003.

The Lobos split a doubleheader against Utah (28-14, 7-3) at Lobo Field earlier in the year, winning the first game, 5-2, behind a multi-homer performance from senior Kristina Schmallen. Utah won the second contest 5-2. BYU (33-16, 8-4) swept the Lobos in a doubleheader in Albuquerque earlier in the season.

Both games will be available on the Internet via GameTracker or Live Stats. First pitch for the Utah doubleheader in Salt Lake City is set for 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) on Friday, April 28. The doubleheader against the Cougars is set for 2:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) on Saturday, April 29, in Provo, Utah.

UTAH UTES (28-14, 7-3 MWC)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Marianne Bullis/Kyle Magnusson
Record at Utah: 28-14 (1st Year)
Career Record: same
2005 Record: 21-29
2005 Conference Record: 7-13 (4th)
All-Time vs. Utah: 25-58
2006 vs. Utah: 1-1
Last Time: UNM split a DH at home against Utah on 4/16 - W 5-2, L 5-2
Top Hitter: Sr. 2B Jackie Wong - .447, 2 HR, 20 RBIs
Top Pitcher: Jr. Karina Cannon - 13-5, 1.79 ERA, 93 Ks
Notes: The Lobos topped Utah 5-2 win the first game between the two teams earlier this season. Senior Kristina Schmallen blasted two home runs and freshman Jen Mendenhall went the distance for the win. The Utes came back in the second game of the doubleheader at Lobo Field and flipped the score for a 5-2 win of their own.
Web Site:www.UtahUtes.com

BYU COUGARS (33-16, 8-4 MWC)
Location: Provo, Utah
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Gordon Eakin
Record at BYU: 148-65 (4th Year)
Career Record: same
2005 Record: 45-14
2005 Conference Record: 16-2 (1st)
All-Time vs. BYU: 9-18
2006 vs. BYU: 0-2
Last Time: UNM dropped a DH at home to BYU on 4/13 - L 11-1 (5), L 12-10
Top Hitter: Sr. 1B Ianeta Le'i - .414, 15 HR, 65 RBIs
Top Pitcher: Sr. Summer Tobias - 16-8, 2.62 ERA, 105 Ks
Notes: The Lobos were down 9-0 with one out in the bottom of the fifth before stroming back to take a 10-9 lead against BYU in the second game of the doubleheader earlier this season. BYU eventually won the game, but the Lobos showed a lot of fight in the tough loss.
Web Site: www.BYUCougars.com

The Lobos dropped all four games against UNLV and San Diego State last weekend and are now on a five-game slide. New Mexico pushed UNLV to extra innings before falling 8-6 in the first game on Friday. However, the Lobos were run-ruled in the second contest, losing 11-3 in five innings. UNM played another close game against league-leading San Diego State before falling 8-6 in the first game on Sunday. The Aztecs then dealt UNM its biggest loss of the season in a 21-5 defeat in five innings in the second game.
Friday • April 21 • UNLV • L, 8-6 (8) - L, 11-3 (5)
Sunday • April 23 • San Diego State • L, 8-6 - L, 21-5 (5)

Senior Kristina Schmallen has 12 homers on the season and is currently in the top-50 in the nation. The 48 runs she has driven home in 46 games puts her in 17th place in the NCAA with 1.04 RBIs/game. She is second in the MWC in HRs, three off the pace set by BYU's Ianeta Le'i. Schmallen is also third in the league in slugging % (.732) and second in RBIs (48). Her .406 batting average is currently third in the MWC and 49th in the NCAA.

Senior Kristina Schmallen and sophomore Lindsey Elcess are closing in on some impressive Lobo single season records. They hold a slugging percentage of .732 and .659, respectively, which are the first and fourth highest marks in school history.

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).

Schmallen is also moving up the season RBI charts. She has driven in 48 runs in 2006, putting her at No. 3 in the single season record books. She needs three 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 38 RBIs are the fifth most in a season by a Lobo. Schmallen is also batting .406 on the year, the third highest mark in UNM history.

Head coach Kim Newbern earned the 300th win of her career with a 1-0 victory at UNLV last weekend. She has a 92-127-1 record in over three years at UNM. She posted a 209-111 mark in six years at Washburn, giving her a career line of 301-238-1.

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

New Mexico has definitely staked its claim as one of the top offensive teams in the conference. The Lobos are currently second in the MWC in runs (234), hits (383) and RBIs (221). New Mexico leads the league in doubles (71) and ranks second in batting (.312) and third in slugging % (.463).

The Lobos have not been held scoreless once so far this season. New Mexico has scored at least one run in all 42 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.

UNM closes out the regular season with a trip to Fort Collins, Colo., to take on Colorado State. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) on May 6.

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.