April 16, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., this weekend to battle Colorado State at Ram Field. The Lobos and Rams will play Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. MT both days. The games will be available via gametracker at www.GoLobos.com.
New Mexico is 11-27 overall record and 2-4 Mountain West Conference. The Lobos are fifth in the league standings and only one game behind UNLV and CSU for third. The Rams are 19-20 on the season and recently beat Northern Colorado Tuesday.
Seniors Samantha Hughes and Analise Rubalcava lead the Lobos. Hughes is hitting .381 on the season with a team-leading seven home runs and 13 doubles. Rubalcava has a .412 conference batting average and is hitting .330 this season. Rubalcava has 22 RBIs, eight doubles and three home runs. Junior Katie Gilmore leads the team in RBIs with 32 and has a .322 average.
UNM has used as many as three pitchers. Rubalcava has pitched 108 2/3 innings and made 29 appearances. She has a 5-14 record with a 5.73 ERA this season. Freshmen Danielle Castro and Kerry Hodgins have seen time in the circle.
Castro is coming off a strong pitching performance Sunday at San Diego State. She went six innings allowing three hits and a run against the Aztecs. Castro is 3-11 this year with a 5.88 ERA. Hodgins is 3-2 in the circle with a 7.10 ERA but has shown promise throughout the year.
Saturday will be the 87th all-time meeting between UNM and CSU. The series is tied 43-43 and dates back to the 1978 season. Last year, New Mexico won three of the four games but split in a pair of games in Fort Collins.
Lobo head coach Ty Singleton will be coaching his 135th and 136th games this weekend since taking over the UNM program prior to the 2007 season. Singleton is 56-78 all-time at New Mexico and is 261-211 as a head coach.
Christine Thomsen and Caitlan Stem lead CSU offensively. Thomsen has a team-leading .356 average with 24 RBIs. Stem is hitting .354 this season with 32 runs scored. The Rams are hitting .275 as a team.
Kelli Eubanks has proved to be the ace of the pitching staff. Eubanks is 7-8 in the circle with a 2.76 ERA in 119 1/3 innings. The Rams have used three other pitchers this season in Kim Klabough, Danielle Chaplin and Rebecca Penland.
A complete UNM recap will available after each game on GoLobos.com along with stats.