March 31, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico softball team will open Mountain West Conference action this weekend when Utah and BYU come to town. The Lobos will battle the Utes Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing the Cougars Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. MT. The games will be played at Lobo Field with live video and gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.
The MWC schedule brings new opportunities for the Lobo softball program. The six-team conference will have one automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament held in May and that will be awarded to the regular-season champion. Despite what teams have done in the non-conference, each school enters the regular-season undefeated.
UNM will play 15 conference games with half being played at Lobo Field. The Lobos have 16 games remaining on the schedule with a non-conference game left against the Aggies of New Mexico State on April 28.
The MWC recently announced its softball broadcast schedule and it includes the Colorado State at New Mexico game on May 2. The game will be moved to 4 p.m. MT and will air on the Mountain West Sports Network. The TV game will mark the second straight season that the Mountain Network has broadcast live from Lobo Field. The Mountain aired the Utah at New Mexico doubleheader last year.
Senior Samantha Hughes is having a great season and enters conference play with a .400 batting average. Hughes is one of seven Lobos hitting over .300. UNM is hitting .295 as a team.
The Lobos begin a new season with the MWC slate kicking up. UNM is 9-23 overall and has lost 11 straight games. New Mexico will try to finish the season strong and continue to rebuild the softball program.
The Utes are 13-19 on the season and have won three of their last four games. Last weekend, Utah split a pair of home games with Boise State. Junior Kara Foster leads the Utes offensively with 12 home runs and 23 RBI. Foster is hitting .323 but Brooke Olson has the team-leading average at .328.
BYU enters the week with a 23-14 overall record. The Cougars are led by Andrea Ramirez who is hitting .407 on the year. BYU has hit 26 home runs and is hitting .293 as a team. All the Lobo home games will have live video streaming along with gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.