Dec. 14, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico softball head coach Kim Newbern announced the addition of a transfer for the 2005 as well as four signees for the 2006 season. The freshman class includes Brittany Crail (Corona, Calif.), Jen Mendenhall (Medford, Calif.) and Albuquerque natives Samantha Hughes and Antoinette Whiting. Immediately assisting the Lobos this spring is Caley Peterson (Eugene, Ore.).
Peterson, at Arizona Western College, went 15-6 with a 1.82 ERA and 11 saves in her freshman season. She lettered in basketball and softball at Churchill High School in Eugene, Ore. and was a two-time Midwestern League first team member. Peterson was also named to both the all-state first and second team once. She guided her team to four consecutive league championships and one state championship her freshman year.
Crail, a three-year letterwinner in softball, led her team to three Mountain View League Championships and guided the Sharks to a 2004 Southern Section Div. 2 CIF Championship with a 28-3 record. A three-time scholar athlete at Corona Santiago High School, Crail led her team to a 57-11-1 record over three years.
Mendenhall, a two-time all-Southern Oregon Conference first team member and a second team all-state selection as a sophomore, will help strengthen the Lobo pitching staff. Mendenhall, the 2003 conference Softball Player of the Year, went 10-6 in 20 appearances as a junior. She pitched 105 innings, allowing 46 hits, 17 walks, 122 strikeouts with a .733 ERA. As a sophomore, she was 9-3 with one save in 20 appearances. That year she tossed 91 innings, gave up 39 hits, 25 walks with 100 strikeouts and held a .058 ERA.
Whiting, a product of Art Samora at Manzano High School, was honored as the 4 5A All District Freshman of the Year. She was an All-District first team member as a junior and second team member in 2003. Whiting held a .330 batting average as a junior, .363 as a sophomore and .333 as a freshman.
Hughes, hailing from La Cueva High School is a two-time all-district first team member. She was named to both the all-metro first and second team once. Hughes guided her team to a third place finish in the state in 2004, competed in the 2003 USSSA World Series and participated in the 2002 U14 ASA Nationals. She hit .413 with 22 doubles, five triples and three homers in 2004 not to mention stole 57 bases and maintained a .974 fielding percentage.