March 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball (8-10) will travel to Fullerton, Calif., to participate in the Judi Garman Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton March 11-15. The Lobos will play five games during the tournament including defending national champion Arizona State Thursday at 10 a.m. MT. UNM faces four NCAA Tournament teams this weekend and three teams that reached the World Series. Gametracker will be available for selected games but the schedule is undetermined at this point. Check www.GoLobos.com for gametracker links.
This week's tournament is among the finest in the nation, attracting some of the best softball talent from across the country. Of the 17 teams competing this weekend, nine are currently ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation with another team receiving votes. In addition, four of the teams are ranked in the top 10 in one poll or another.
Below is a complete tournament schedule for the Lobos:
Thursday, March 12 - Lobos vs. Arizona State - 10 a.m.
Friday, March 13 - Lobos vs. Arizona - 12 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 - Lobos vs. DePaul - 10 a.m. & Lobos vs. Nebraska - 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 - Lobos vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 4:30 p.m.
Lobo softball split a four-game series last weekend with Iowa State at Lobo Field. New Mexico won both games Saturday before falling in to the Cyclones twice Sunday. Senior Samantha Hughes hit .563 during the weekend for UNM with three doubles, nine hits, six runs scored and an RBI. New Mexico hit .368 as a team during the weekend and is 8-10 on the season.
After the Garman Classic, UNM will travel to Seattle, Wash., to play a double head with Seattle and a three-game series with Washington.
UNM is hitting .308 as a team and has five hitters batting over .300 this season. Junior Shaunte Duarte leads the team with a .429 average. Senior Samantha Hughes is hitting .403 with a team-leading 25 hits, eight doubles, three home runs and 18 runs scored.
Senior Analise Rubalcava is 5-6 on the year with a 4.16 ERA. Rubalcava went 2-2 last weekend against Iowa State. The Chandler, Ariz., native has pitched 69 innings and made seven starts.