April 7, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball travels to Las Cruces, N.M., Tuesday to battle New Mexico State in the Rio Grande Rivalry. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. MT and will be available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com. UNM and NMSU will meet for the 131st time on the softball field and is currently the longest running rivalry in the nation.
UNM is 17-14 overall and recently split against Utah and BYU to open the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos are hitting .259 as a team and have three hitters batting over .300. Freshman Gabriella Parra leads the team with a .368 average with four home runs and 27 RBI. Senior Lindsey Elcess leads the team with nine home runs and is hitting .360. Senior pitcher Kelly Ninemire leads the team with a 12-9 overall record and has a 3.58 ERA. Ninemire was 2-1 last week to open conference play.
NMSU has a 19-26 record this season and have won 11 of its 19 home games. The Aggies are led offensively by Stephanie Herrera who is hitting .402. NMSU has four hitters batting over .300 and is hitting .270 as a team. The Aggies have used as many as four pitchers this year but primarily rely on Kim Watson. Watson is 13-13 overall with a 2.39 ERA.
The Lobos won three of the four games last year including two in Las Cruces. UNM holds an 83-47 series advantage heading into Tuesday's game.
New Mexico holds a 12.75 to 6.75 points advantage in the Rio Grande Rivalry. The Lobos have clinched the title with only 4.5 points still available. Only three more events remain between the two schools including two softball games and women's track and field. Each event is weighted by 1.5 points per win.
Tuesday's game in Las Cruces will be available on gametracker. A complete recap and stats will be posted on www.GoLobos.com.