Lobo Softball Travels to Missouri for Children's Hospital Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/11/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 11, 2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico softball team travels to Columbia, Mo. for the Children's Hospital Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri. The Lobos will play five games March 12-14 during the tournament, with the first day's games being against ranked teams. Live stats will be available for all games, links can be found at www.GoLobos.com.

The Lobos take on No. 21 Illinois at 10:00 a.m. MT on Friday to open the tournament. New Mexico then team's up against host, No. 3 Missouri in the second game on Friday at 12:00 p.m. MT. The Lobos take on Bradley University for two games, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. MT and their final game on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. MT. New Mexico also will play Illinois State on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. MT.


The University of New Mexico softball team is now 8-10 this season after going 0-4 this past weekend, when they hosted a four-game homestand against No. 25 Baylor. The Lobos lost the first game of the series 8-0 on Friday. The second game New Mexico went ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning, but let the lead slip away losing, 7-3. On Saturday, in the third loss against Baylor (17-4), the Lobos were plagued by errors, committing five with 10 runs being unearned. New Mexico showed some life during the game scoring four runs in the final inning. In the last game of the series New Mexico was tied 4-4 going into the sixth inning, but was unable to capitalize losing 5-4.

Freshman Stefanie Carramusa and senior Shaunte Duarte led the Lobos during the homestand hitting .538 and .500, respectively. Carramusa went 7-for-13 with three doubles and a stolen base. Duarte went 6-for-12 with a double and a stolen base. Senior Erin Brandow also was a force at the plate, hitting .444 this weekend with four RBIs, a double and a stolen base.


Friday's game against the Fighting Illini will be the third meeting between the two teams. The series is tied 1-1. Illinois won the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 9, 2003, 10-2. The Lobos won the last meeting, 6-4 on Mar. 23, 2008.

Illinois comes into this weekend with a 14-1 record and an eight game win streak. The Fighting Illini dominated the NFCA Leadoff Classic winning all five games that they played. Danielle Zymkowitz is leading at the plate for Illinois, hitting .451with seven RBIs and eight stolen bases. Audrey Gallien will also be a force at the plate, hitting .368 with five doubles, four home runs, and 16 RBIs.

Look to see freshman Pepper Gay in the circle for the Fighting Illini, she currently boasts a 6-0 record with a 0.83 ERA. She also has struck out 34 batters and has only allowed 4 earned runs. Also look to see sophomore Monica Perry who currently has a 7-1 record with a 2.62 ERA and has struck out 35 batters. Rounding out Illinois pitching staff are senior Ashley Wright and freshman Jackie Guy, who are likely to see time in relief.


Friday's game against the Tigers will be the eighth meeting between the two teams. The series dates back to Mar. 21, 1980 with Missouri leading the series 5-2. The tigers were on a four-game winning streak when the Lobos beat them 6-4 in their last match-up on Feb. 23, 2008.

Missouri comes into this weekend with a 13-2 record and are currently riding an 11 game-winning streak. On Wednesday, the Tigers shutout Northern Iowa, 3-0. They also hosted a tournament this past weekend where they swept all four of their games and recorded three shutouts in the process. Rhea Taylor leads the team in doubles with four and stolen bases with nine, and is currently hitting .400. Nicole Hudson is hitting .364 with three home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs.

Chelsea Thomas will lead the Tigers in the circle. Thomas has a 7-1 record with a 2.45 ERA, two shutouts and 69 strikeouts. Kristin Nottelmann could also see time in the circle. Nottelmann has a 3-1 record with a 3.21 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Rounding out the pitching staff for Missouri are Lindsey Muller (1-0) and Jana Hainey (2-0) who have a 1.00 and 3.26 ERA, respectively.


Saturday's game against the Braves will be the second meeting between the two teams. The Lobos lead the series 1-0, when they shutout Bradley 6-0 on Mar. 16, 1990.

Bradley comes into this weekend with a 9-6 record after going 3-2 at the South Florida International Tournament. The Braves split games on Friday and Saturday, and won their final game on Sunday against Florida International, 3-1. Amanda Clack leads the team in hitting with a .388 batting average with seven RBIs and eight stolen bases. Kate Singler will also be a force at the plate, hitting .366 with 16 RBIs and has hit four home runs.

The Braves pitching staff is led by Amanda Clark who has a 6-1 record this season with a 2.23 ERA and 37 strikeouts. Other pitchers that are likely to see time in the circle are Brandi Ore and Katie Dennis. Ore has a 1-2 record with a 2.49 ERA, while Dennis has a 2-2 record with a 5.67 ERA.


Saturday's game against the Redbirds will be the fifth meeting between the two teams. The Lobos currently lead the series 3-1. New Mexico has won the past two games 1-0, 2-1 on Mar. 20-21, 1993. The series dates back to May 22, 1981.

Illinois State comes into this weekend with a 9-8 record, which does not include a game that will be played later today against Southeast Missouri State. The Redbirds went 1-3 during the Tennessee Tournament this past weekend, their only win came Saturday against Ohio, 10-2. Illinois State is led at the plate by Abby Olson, hitting .417 with six home runs, three doubles, and 22 RBIs. Kara Nelson leads the Redbirds in doubles with eight and is hitting .400 with eight RBIs, a triple and a home run.

Look to see sophomore Megan Warner on the rubber for the Redbirds. Warner currently has a 4-2 record with a 2.98 ERA and has struck out 36 batters. Other pitchers that will see time in the circle are junior Chrissy Burton and sophomore Jordan Birch. Burton currently has a 2-1 record with 27 strikeouts and a 6.03 ERA. Birch currently has a 3-5 record with 26 strikeouts and a 6.69 ERA.