April 27, 2004
UTAH INVASION: The Lobos (29-26, 3-8) invade the state of Utah, looking to steal two doubleheaders from BYU and Utah. The Lobos will stop first in Provo on Friday for two games starting at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Lobos will storm Salt Lake City for a 12 p.m. twin bill against Utah.
The games at BYU and Utah will be available for viewing using Game Tracker and the games against the Utes can be heard using the Utes audio broadcast. Game Tracker links are available on the schedule pages at BYU and Utah's athletic websites (www.byucougars.com and www.utahutes.com). Links to the audio broadcast at Utah are also available on the Utes' schedule page.
Utah was just at Lobo Field two weekends ago, splitting a doubleheader with UNM. Utah won game one 1-0 with a homer in the seventh inning. The Lobos took game two, 7-6 in nine innings.
The Lobos got in only one game against BYU when the Cougars were in Albuquerque. Despite holding a 1-0 lead for most of the game, the Lobos could not hold on, losing 2-1.
LAST TIME OUT: The New Mexico softball team (28-26, 3-8) ended its home season with two wins over UNLV, including a 3-0 shutout in game two at Lobo Field Sunday afternoon. The Lobos took game one 6-2, stretching the UNLV losing streak to eight games.
Sophomore Iraina Ogas dominated game one from the circle, tossing a no-hitter through the fourth. For the game, she allowed just four hits, two earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts for her ninth win of the season.
Senior Amy Dumas tossed a five-hit shutout in game two which was her final game at Lobo Field. Dumas gave up just two walks while striking out eight.
On the day, Hutson and Kennedy each hit .600 (3-for-5) with Hutson accumulating four RBI while Kennedy had one. As a team, the Lobos hit .333 and held the Rebels to just .173. In the circle, the Lobos had a 1.00 ERA while UNLV rang in at 5.25.
RECORD-BREAKING YEAR: Senior Amy Dumas is tearing up the New Mexico career pitching record books. She has taken control of four records and is in the top five for the remaining categories with 14 regular season games and an undetermined number of Mountain West Conference tournament games remaining.
Sophomore Iraina Ogas and junior Ashley Perkins are also making their way into the career book this season. Ogas is sixth in appearances (69) and walks (112). She is tenth in innings pitched (272) and strikeouts (194). Perkins, in her first year as a Lobo, has the seventh best earned run average (2.70) and needs just one more shutout to tie for eighth with eight.
Offensively, senior Sabrina Sandberg and junior Cassie Chavez have broken into the career homerun record. Chavez has 14 home runs, placing her fourth while Sandberg has 10, good enough for a tie at sixth. Kathy Moore holds the record with 36, hit between 1998 and 2001.
CATCHING UP WITH THE COUGARS: After BYU's win at New Mexico, the Cougars went on to win four of their next five. They took two games from Utah Valley State College, one from 23rd-ranked Pacific and one via a 13-0 shutout over Utah.
BYU wraps up its home season this weekend, first with the Lobos on Friday followed by Colorado State on Saturday.
The Cougars are still red-hot offensively, with a team average of .311 and six individuals over .300 with at least six homers apiece. The leader is currently Paige Paramore, hitting .369 with 10 doubles and seven homeruns. Ianeta Le`i follows with a .368 average and team-high 31 runs scored and six home runs. Ashlyn Russell leads the team with her nine homeruns, hitting .300. Debbie Dodds rings in with eight homers whileKate Walker has seven and Jodi Norton has six.
In the circle, Brook Boyce, also the winner in New Mexico, leads the team with a 2.64 ERA and 11-6 record. Niki Anderson is 14-6 with a 3.04 ERA and a team-high 103 strikeouts. Ariel Capra completes the staff with a 5.40 ERA and 3-3 record.
UTES REVIEW: Since its game one win at New Mexico, Utah has lost three of its last five. The Utes lost a doubleheader at Colorado State, being outscored 17-3 on the day. They did upset 23rd-ranked Pacific at home last Friday with a 4-3 win. On Saturday, they split the twin bill with BYU, taking game one 11-10 but falling 13-0 in game two.
Before Utah hosts New Mexico on Saturday, the Utes will host Utah Valley State College for a single game on Tuesday followed by a doubleheader with Colorado State on Friday. Saturday will be Utah's Senior Day, where they will recognize the seniors prior to the first game against the Lobos.
Glennis Donnelly is still swinging a mighty bat for the Utes. She has a .401 average with 16 doubles, 14 homers, and 34 runs scored. Devina Quintero is right behind with a .349 average and 12 long bombs.
The pitching staff for Utah is still its weak link. Brianna Gourdin has a team low 3.21 ERA with a 12-5 record. Gourdin has tossed 122 innings with 35 walks and 84 strikeouts. Melissa Oakes, the loser of game two at New Mexico, holds a 1-9 record and a 3.90 ERA over 73.1 innings pitched. Samantha Schroeder and Heather Bowlin complete the rotation. Schroeder is 2-6 with a 5.84 ERA while Bowlin is 1-6 with a 6.65 ERA.