Feb. 26, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (6-7) softball will travel to Oklahoma State (10-4) this weekend for a three-game series held at Cowgirl Stadium. The Lobos have won their last three games heading into Stillwater, Okla., and have won three straight against the Cowgirl. The Lobos will play Friday at 7 p.m. CT, Saturday at 3 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Admission is free for those fans making the trip to Oklahoma.
UNM is coming off a 3-2 showing at the New Mexico Invitational last weekend at Lobo Field. The Lobos finished the tournament winning three straight games including two games against Texas Tech.
Junior transfer Shaunte Duarte hit .700 last weekend and was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week. Duarte earned her first weekly conference honor after a stellar performance at the plate. She is currently leading New Mexico with a .520 batting average.
The Lobos are hitting .301 as a team and have six players hitting over. 300 this season. Senior Samantha Hughes is hitting .372 through the first 13 games and has three home runs and 11 RBI.
Senior Analise Rubalcava has been the ace of the staff but freshmen Kerry Hodgins and Danielle Castro have been in the mix. Hodgins, who made her first collegiate appearances last weekend, went 2-0 in the New Mexico Invitational. Rubalcava is 3-4 on the year with a 3.64 ERA while Castro is 1-3.
The Cowgirls swept North Texas Wednesday in a doubleheader and will open their home schedule this weekend against the Lobos. OSU entered the North Texas doubleheader with a team batting average of .270. Megan Castle leads the team with a .414 average. The Cowgirls have five hitters batting over .300.
OSU has used as many as three pitchers. Sarah Odom is the ace and has a 4-1 overall record with a 1.75 ERA. Anna Whiddon is 3-3 on the year and 2.46 ERA.
Following the OSU series, New Mexico will return home to host Iowa State for a four-game series. The Lobos and Cyclones will play back-to-back doubleheaders on March 7-8 at Lobo Field.
UNM is 2-0 this year against teams from the Big 12 conference. The Lobos defeated Texas Tech twice last weekend in the New Mexico Invitational. UNM was 6-1 last year against the Big 12 and is 66-98 all-time against schools from the Big 12 conference.