April 7, 2005
The New Mexico Lobos, 13-18 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference, head to Fort Collins, Colo. for its first road conference doubleheader of the season. The Lobos will take on Colorado State on Saturday, April 9 with the first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
The Lobos went 3-1 last week in MWC play, including a sweep of San Diego State for the first time since the 2000 season. New Mexico's 3-1 start in conference play is its best start since going 5-0 to start the 2000 MWC season.
Junior Kristina Schmallen hit .563 (9-for-16) with four runs scored, a home run, double and two RBI in six games last week. She now leads UNM with a .355 batting average. Schmallen is ninth in the conference in batting avg. and on base percentage (.424). She is also second in the conference in fielding double plays, having helped turn eight this year.
Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins leads New Mexico in at bats (111), hits (38), runs scored (18), triples (three) and stolen bases (five), and is second in batting average (.342). She ranks sixth in the MWC in hits and stolen bases, fifth in triples, eighth in total plate appearances, fifth in at bats and ninth in steal attempts. Hodgins also is tied with six others in the MWC for the best fielding percentage (1.000).
Freshman Lindsey Elcess was named the Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week for her efforts against New Mexico State, UNLV and San Diego State. Elcess went 8-for-18 (.444) at the plate. In six games last week, she hit five home runs and a double, while tallying eight RBI and seven runs scored. She started the week going 2-for-6, with her first two collegiate homers, two RBI and two runs scored in UNM's non-conference doubleheader vs. New Mexico State. In game one of the Lobos' doubleheader vs. UNLV, Elcess evened the scored at three apiece with a third inning three-run home run. She went yard again two innings later, as she finished with four RBI and two runs scored in the 10-4 Lobo loss. She followed with a 1-for-2, two runs scored effort in New Mexico's 7-3 game two win. In game one of the San Diego State doubleheader, Elcess knotted the score at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth on the way to a 2-for-4, one RBI outing in the Lobos' 2-1 victory. In game two vs. SDSU she led off the third inning with her fifth homer of the week as New Mexico pulled away from the Aztecs for a 4-1 win. She moved her batting average up from .200 to .316 last week with her performance last week now has five home runs nine RBI in 17 games played this season.
Colorado State went 2-2 in the opening week of conference play, sweeping the series vs. San Diego State but were swept by UNLV.
The Rams, who had 13 home runs through their first 32 games, added three more in the doubleheader sweep of San Diego State, bringing their season total to 16. In contrast, the CSU staff has only allowed 12 homers this season. The team is hitting .315 while the pitching staff holds a 2.50 ERA. The Rams have the best team fielding percentage in the MWC at .968. They also lead the MWC in doubles (55), hits (295), sacrifice flys (11), fewest triples allowed (2), caught runners stealing (13) and tie with UNM for most assists (324).
With a batting average of .413 and slugging percentage of .697, sophomore Jessica Strickland currently ranks second and fourth, respectively, on the CSU single season charts (minimum 60 at-bats). Senior Stephanie Roberts moved into a tie for first place in the Rams' record books with 77 career walks.
Strickland leads the conference in doubles (18), fewest triples allowed (0), intentional walks (2), hit batters (11), and is tied with seven others for the best fielding percentage (1.000).
MAKING A MARK: Members of the 2005 Lobos are marking up the UNM season and career record books. So far, four different Lobos have written themselves into 19 career statistic categories while five have etched up the season records for a total of eight entries.
As of April 3, freshman Lindsey Elcess holds the best season slugging percentage (.737) in UNM's history, which dates back to 1978. Senior Ashley Perkins has faced 370 batters this season, the eighth-most ever in one year. Senior Ashley Shartzer is going down as one of the best defensive first baseman's in the history of the program and this season she has already turned nine double plays, tied for the eighth most in a single season. Junior Kristina Schmallen is right on Shartzer's heels, holding on to 10th place in the same category, having already turned eight double plays this year.
Junior Cassie Chavez has had an outstanding career here at UNM and she still has one more year of eligibility left. Chavez sits fifth on the career list for best slugging percentage at .483 and is third in home runs with 18. She is tied for seventh in most times hit by a pitch (7) and is eighth in most assists (317).
Shartzer has set several bests for UNM. She is currently tied for first in most times hit by a pitch at 19 and is third in most times struck out with 106. Shartzer is tied for the eight best career fielding percentage at .983 and holds the records for most chances (1,101), putouts (983) and double plays turned (38).
Perkins has left her mark in the career books as well, despite playing only two years in the cherry and silver. Perkins holds the best opponent batting average, limiting the opposition to a .224 avg. and averages the most strikeouts per seven inning game at 6.23. She also has 198 career strikeouts, needing just 19 to tie for 10th all-time. Perkins, who has made 21 appearances in 31 games, should finish her career much higher than 10ths.