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Lobo Softball Heads to Judi Garman Classic
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Release:  03/16/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 16, 2010

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The University of New Mexico softball team will travel to Fullerton, Calif. this week to compete in the fifth annual Judi Garman Classic. The Lobos are 9-12 after five weeks of play and will open the tournament Wednesday against Purdue at 5:30 p.m MT. The tournament will be held at the dual diamond Titan Softball Complex, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. GameTracker will be available for all games on www.GoLobos.com.

The Lobos take on Purdue at 5:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday to open the tournament. New Mexico will play against No. 1 Washington in the second game on Thursday at 9:15 p.m. MT. The Lobos team up against No. 23 Louisville on Friday at 7:00 p.m. MT. New Mexico will play No. 2 Arizona on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. MT. The Lobos finish up the tournament on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MT against Fresno State.

RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND FOR NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico softball team went 1-2 this past weekend at the Children's Hospital Invitational, hosted by Missouri. The Lobos win came on Sunday against Bradley after being rained out on Saturday afternoon with games against Bradley and Illinois State being cancelled. New Mexico beat Bradley in five innings, 14-5. The two losses came on Friday against No. 21 Illinois, 7-0 and No. 3 Missouri, 2-0.

Sophomore Jessica Lujan-Dresslar led the Lobos this past weekend, hitting .667 (4-for-6) with four RBIs, two walks, a double and scored two runs. The left fielder also led the team with three stolen bases. Erin Brandow notched her second home run of the season against Bradley with a three-run shot, and had a triple on Friday against Illinois. Senior Katie Gilmore came away from the weekend hitting .444 (4-for-9) with an RBI, two runs scored, and stole two bases. Pitcher Kaela DeBroeck went 1-1 in six innings during the tournament.

SCOUTING PURDUE

Wednesday's game against Purdue will be the third meeting between the two teams; the series is currently tied 1-1. The Lobos won the first meeting, 2-1 back on Mar. 17, 2001. The Boilermakers won the most recent meeting, 7-1 on Feb. 17, 2006.

The Boilermakers enter this week's game with a 6-8 record. Purdue went 2-3 in the Long Beach State Invitational this past weekend. The team swept games on Saturday beating San Diego, 6-5 and Buffalo 9-2. Their losses came against UNLV (7-1), Long Beach State (8-4), and Notre Dame (3-0). Purdue is led at the plate by Liane Horiuchi, hitting .382 with two doubles, two triples, a home run and 13 stolen bases. Maia Monchek leads the team in RBIs with 10 and is hitting .227 on the season.

Look to see Suzie Rzegocki in the circle for the Boilermakers. Rzegocki has a 4-5 record with a 2.49 ERA and 53 strikeouts. Julia Rice and Erika Petruzzi could also see time in the circle for Purdue. Rice has a 1-1 record with a 4.59 ERA, while Petruzzi is 1-2 with a 5.35 ERA.

SCOUTING NO. 1 WASHINGTON

Thursday's game against Washington will be the sixth meeting between the two teams, with Washington leading the series 4-1. The Huskies have won the past four games, including three in the 2009 season when they were ranked third. The Lobos won the first game, 3-2 back in Feb. 23, 2001.

The Huskies enter this week's game with a 22-1 record and a 17 game winning streak. Washington swept five games at their own Husky Softball Classic this past weekend, beating Miami (Oh) and Seattle University twice, and Portland State once. The Huskies are led at the plate by Niki Williams and Jenn Salling, who are hitting .441 and .424, respectively this season. Williams has seven home runs, three doubles and 24 RBIs so far this season. Salling has five home runs, three doubles, two triples and 20 RBIs this season.

Look to see Danielle Lawrie in the circle for the Huskies. Lawrie has a 14-0 record with a 0.99 ERA, 160 strikeouts and nine shutouts. Lawrie is not only an excellent pitcher, but is also a force at the plate, leading the team with nine home runs and 31 RBIs. Baily Harris could also see time in the circle for Washington. Harris has an 8-1 record with a 2.42 ERA.

SCOUTING NO. 23 LOUISVILLE

Friday's game against Louisville will be the second meeting between the two teams. The Lobos lead the series 1-0, when they won, 6-1 on Mar. 16, 2001.

The Cardinals enter this week's game with a 15-8 record. Louisville is on a three-game losing streak after last weekend's games against Hofstra and No. 5 Michigan during the Red and Black Tournament. The Cardinals lost to Hofstra, 2-1 and Michigan, 9-5 on Saturday. They lost their final game of the tournament again against Michigan, 7-3 on Sunday.

Louisville is led at the plate by Melissa Roth, hitting .485 with five home runs, two triples, seven doubles, and 18 RBIs. Jordan Trimble is hitting .295 with two home runs, five doubles, and 17 RBIs. In the circle the Cardinals are led by Tori Collins with a 5-2 record and 2.45 ERA with 54 strikeouts. Rounding out the pitching staff for Illinois are Chelsea Leonard and Kristen Wadwell. Leonard has a 4-1 record with a 4.13 ERA and 57 strikeouts, while Wadwell has a 6-5 record with a 4.14 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

SCOUTING NO. 2 ARIZONA

Saturday's game against Arizona will be the 35th meeting between the two teams, with the Wildcats leading the seriers-30-4. Arizona has won the past 19 games, with the last win (9-1) coming on Mar. 3, 2009 when they were ranked No. 12.

The Wildcats come into this weekend with a 22-1 record and a 15 game winning streak. Arizona went 5-0 last weekend during their Wildcat Invitational, where they recorded four shutouts. So far this season the Wildcats have shutout their opponents 13 times and have run ruled their opponents 12 times. Arizona has three batters hitting over .400 so far this season, and have already hit 44 home runs. Bridgette Del Ponte leads the Wildcats at the plate with a .491 batting average with nine home runs, four doubles, and 36 RBIs. Brittany Lastrapes and Lauren Schutzler are hitting .463 and .423, respectively.

Kenzie Fowler leads the Wildcats in the circle with a 15-0 record and 0.84 ERA with eight shutouts and 126 strikeouts. Sarah Akamine could also see time in the circle for Arizona. Akamine has a 7-1 record with a 2.48 ERA and four shutouts.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE

Sunday's game against Fresno State will be the 34th meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs lead the series 28-5 and are on an 11 game winning streak. Fresno State won the last meeting 8-1 on Feb. 10, 2007.

The Bulldogs enter this week's competition with a 15-9 record, before playing Princeton Tuesday night. Fresno State went 4-1 over the weekend as they hosted the Bayer CropScience Classic. The Bulldogs beat ETSU, Cal State Northridge, Georgetown, and Mississippi State. They lost to MWC Colorado State, 3-2. Caitlin Stiglich leads the team with a .367 batting average and has seven RBIs. Michelle Moses leads the team with four home runs and 19 RBIs.

Look to see Morgan Melloh in the circle for the Bulldogs. Melloh has an 8-6 record with a 2.72 ERA and 119 strikeouts. Mackenzie Oakes and Moses round out the pitching staff for Fresno State with a 2.35 and 0.98 ERA, respectively. Oakes has a 6-3 record with 40 strikeouts, while Moses has a 1-0 record with 22 strikeouts.

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