Lobos Host Eight-Time NCAA Champions -- No. 2 Arizona
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 24, 2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico softball team will be back at home this weekend for a three-game homestand against No. 2 Arizona, March 26-28. The Lobos are 10-16 after six weeks of play and will open the series on Friday at 6:00 p.m. MT at Lobo Field. New Mexico will play the Wildcats on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. MT and finish the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MT. GameTracker and live video streaming will be available for all games on www.GoLobos.com.

Friday's game against Arizona will be the second meeting this season between the two teams. The first meeting this season was last weekend during the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. on Mar. 20. The Wildcats won the game 9-3 when they were ranked No. 2. Tickets for this weekend's games are available at the gate: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids and UNM students are free. Fans can also purchase the Olympic Sports Pass, which grants fans entrance to Lobo baseball and soft¬ball. Go to www.GoLobos.com for more information.


The University of New Mexico softball team went 1-4 this past weekend at the Judi Garman Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The Lobos played against tough competition during the tournament, with three teams being ranked and another that was ranked earlier in the season. The Lobos started the tournament with a 12-4 loss to Purdue on Wednesday. The Lobos took on No. 1 Washington on Thursday and lost 10-1. New Mexico's only win came against No. 23 Louisville on Friday when they won 6-5 in extra innings. The Lobos finished the tournament with a 9-3 loss to No. 2 Arizona on Saturday and an 8-2 loss to previously ranked Fresno State on Sunday.

Senior Cristin Anderson led the team during the tournament hitting .400 (6-for-15) with four runs, two RBIs, two triples, and one home run. The senior went a combined 4-for-7 against Louisville and Arizona, and had one run and a triple in each of the games. Anderson went 1-for-2 against Fresno State with a walk and a home run. Freshman Jordyn Bledsoe went 3-for-11 in four games with a double, a home run, two RBIs, and two runs. Kaela DeBroeck led the Lobos in the circle, recording the only win for New Mexico. DeBroeck had six strikeouts in six innings pitched over the course of the tournament. In the 6-5 win over Louisville, the pitcher shutdown the Cardinals in relief, striking out one and did not allow any batters on base. Against Arizona, DeBroeck allowed one hit, but struck out four in two innings of work.


Friday's game against Arizona will be the 36th meeting between the two teams, with the Wildcats leading the series 31-4. Arizona has won the past 20 games, with the last win (9-3) coming last weekend on Mar. 20, 2010 when they were ranked No. 2.

The Wildcats come into this weekend with a 25-3 record. Arizona went 3-2 last weekend during the Judi Garman Classic. 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 49 home runs. Brittany Lastrapes leads the Wildcats at the plate with a .432 batting average with nine home runs, six doubles, and 34 RBIs. Bridgette Del Ponte is hitting .429 with 10 home runs, four doubles, and 40 RBIs. Lauren Schutzler is hitting .430 with 16 RBIs and six stolen bases.

Kenzie Fowler leads the Wildcats in the circle with a 16-2 record and 0.78 ERA with eight shutouts and 156 strikeouts. Sarah Akamine could also see time in the circle for Arizona. Akamine has a 9-1 record with a 2.49 ERA and four shutouts.