Gregg Named MWC Pitcher of the Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/11/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 11, 2006

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University of New Mexico senior Katie Gregg was named the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week following strong performances on the mound at San Diego State and UNLV last weekend. The Lobos (20-18, 1-5 MWC) are preparing for doubleheaders against BYU on Thursday and Utah on Sunday.

Gregg, an Overland Park, Kan., native, went 1-0 in two appearances for the Lobos last week, tossing a complete game, one-hit shutout along the way. She started the week tossing 5.0 innings in the second game of a doubleheader against San Diego State. Gregg then took the mound in UNM's first game vs. UNLV, holding the Rebels to one hit, while striking out seven and walking only two for her 11th win of the season. This is the second Pitcher of the Week award for Gregg this season.

After breaking through with a win on the road in Mountain West Conference action last weekend, the University of New Mexico softball team (20-18, 1-5 MWC) returns home to Lobo field for a pair of doubleheaders against league foes this week. The Lobos face BYU (23-13, 4-2 MWC) in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 13. The first game is set for 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) at Lobo Field. UNM will also tangle with the Utah Utes (21-12, 2-2 MWC) on Sunday, April 16, in a doubleheader. The first game with the Utes is set to begin at noon (M.D.T.) at Lobo Field.

The Lobos will try to break a five-game slide against BYU on Thursday. The Cougars boast the highest on-base percentage in the MWC (.386) and are hitting .292 as a team. They also have a solid pitching staff, posting a 2.33 team earned-run-average.

New Mexico went 1-5 against Utah last season, but will look to improve that mark in 2006. The Utes have the second-lowest team E.R.A. in the MWC at 2.18 but are fifth in the league in hitting with a .266 team batting average.

Both doubleheaders this weekend are sponsored by the MVP Baseball/Softball Academy. For more information on the MVP Baseball/Softball Academy visit www.mvpabq.com.

BYU COUGARS (23-13, 4-2 MWC)
Location: Provo, Utah
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Gordon Eakin
Record at BYU: 138-62 (4th Year)
Career Record: same
2005 Record: 45-14
2005 Conference Record: 16-2 (1st)
All-Time vs. BYU: 9-16
2005 vs. BYU: 0-5
Last Time: BYU won 2-1 on 5/13/05 in the MWC Tournament
Top Hitter: Fr. SS Andrea Ramirez - .372, 3 HR, 15 RBIs
Top Pitcher: Sr. Summer Tobias - 10-7, 2.61 ERA, 80 Ks
Notes: BYU has won the last five games against New Mexico. The last Lobo win came on May 14, 2004, in the MWC Tournament. The Cougars swept all five games against the Lobos last season, including UNM's final game in the 2005 MWC Tournament. The Cougars won 4-0 and 9-7 in two games at Lobo field last season.
Web Site: www.BYUCougars.com

UTAH UTES (21-12, 2-2 MWC)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Marianne Bullis/Kyle Magnusson - co-Interim
Record at Utah: 21-12 (1st Year)
Career Record: same
2005 Record: 21-29
2005 Conference Record: 7-13 (4th)
All-Time vs. Utah: 24-57
2005 vs. Utah: 1-4
Last Time: Utah won 1-0 on 5/12/05 in the MWC Tournament
Top Hitter: Sr. 2B Jackie Wong - .435, 2 HR, 13 RBIs
Top Pitcher: Jr. Meghan Dyer - 10-4, 1.88 ERA, 110 Ks
Notes: Utah sits in fourth place in the MWC with a 2-2 record in league action. They opened with a pair of wins over UNLV, but dropped two at BYU last weekend. The Lobos split their doubleheader with Utah at Lobo field last season. Utah took the first game 5-3, but the Lobos bounced back with a 3-2 in the second game.
Web Site: www.UtahUtes.com

With a 20-18 overall record, the Lobos own a winning percentage of .526 and are in sixth place in the conference standings. This is the latest in the season UNM has been over .500 since 2004.

WEEKEND REWIND The Lobos dropped two games at San Diego State, but split a doubleheader with UNLV Last weekend. The Win in Las Vegas was the first MWC victory of the season. Friday • April 7 • at San Diego State • L, 4-1 - L, 6-5 Sunday • April 9 • at UNLV • W, 1-0 - L, 4-2

Senior Katie Gregg pitched a gem in the Lobos' 1-0 win over UNLV last weekend. The right-hander from Overland Park, Kan., struck out seven batters while tossing a 1-hit shutout against the Rebels. It was her seventh complete game of the year and the second time she has blanked an opponent. It was also the fewest hits allowed in a game by the Lobos this season....For her efforts, Gregg was named the MWC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

Sophomore Lindsey Elcess and senior Kristina Schmallen are closing in on some impressive Lobo single season records. They hold a slugging percentage of .703 and .667, respectively, which are the second and fourth highest marks in school history. Danielle Cassara set the bar in 1999 with a .714 mark.

Schmallen's nine homers this season currently puts her in a tie for sixth with Heather Medearis (1994) on UNM's single season list. One more HR will move her into a tie for fourth place with Kathy Moore (2001) and Ashley VanBoxmeer (2003). Danielle Cassara holds the Lobo season record for home runs with 13 in 1999.

Schmallen is also moving up the season RBI charts. She has driven in 38 runs in 2006, putting her at fourth in the record books. She needs seven more to catch Kathy Moore (2000) for third place. Danielle Cassara set the Lobo season record for RBIs with 54 in 1999. Elcess is not too far behind on the list. Her 34 RBIs are the seventh most in a season by a Lobo.

Head coach Kim Newbern earned the 300th win of her career with a 1-0 victory at UNLV last weekend. She has a 91-124-1 record in over three years at UNM. She posted a 209-111 mark in six years at Washburn, giving her a career line of 300-235-1.

Five different Lobos have been honored as either MWC Player or Pitcher of the Week so far this season. UNM swept the weekly honors on two occasions, March 13 and March 27. Here is a list of the Lobos' Players and Pitchers of the Week.
Player of the Week
3/13 • Freshman Analise Rubalcava
3/20 • Senior Cassie Chavez
3/27 • Senior Kristina Schmallen
Pitcher of the Week
3/13 • Junior Caley Peterson
3/27 • Senior Katie Gregg
4/11 • Senior Katie Gregg

After a 2-12 start, UNM won 17 of its next 20 and is 14-3 at home. The team is two games over .500 with a 20-18 record for the first time in two years. UNM never reached a .500 record in 2005.

New Mexico has definitely staked its claim as the top offensive team in the conference. The Lobos currently lead almost every hitting category in the MWC, including the big ones such as batting average (.314), runs scored (199), hits (321), RBIs (188), doubles (61), and total bases (482). Individually, senior Cassie Chavez is third in batting average (.397), while sophomore Lindsey Elcess (.703) and senior Kristina Schmallen (.667) are second and third, respectively, in slugging percentage. Chavez (29) is tied for the lead in runs scored while Schmallen (27) and freshman Samantha Hughes (25) rank in the top-6. Chavez (46) is third in hits while Schmallen (38) and Elcess (34) are first and third in RBIs in the MWC. Elcess also leads with 11 doubles and Schmallen's nine HRs are a league best. In the field, Hughes is second in the league with 278 putouts and leads with 14 double-plays while freshman Analise Rubalcava is tops with 81 assists.

The Lobos have not been held scoreless once so far this season. New Mexico has scored at least one run in all 38 games played, including scoring on top-ranked Arizona and Stanford in its first weekend of competition. The last time New Mexico was held scoreless was in the May 12 conference tournament game against Utah in 2005. The Utes defeated the Lobos 1-0.

The Lobos will remain home next weekend, taking on UNLV and San Diego State in a pair of doubleheaders. The Rebels visit for two games on Friday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) at Lobo Field. New Mexico faces San Diego State on Sunday, April 23, at noon (M.D.T.) at Lobo Field.

New Mexico posted an impressive 13-game winning streak from Feb. 25 against Northern Colorado until March 19 in a 4-2 loss to Texas Tech. The winning streak was the third longest in UNM history and by far the longest under head coach Kim Newbern.

When at Lobo Field this March, fans will notice a brand new facility connected to the Lobos' dugout. The renovation project was completed in the fall of 2005, just in time for New Mexico's 2006 season. The facility houses the Lobos' locker room, coaches' offices, and indoor batting cages. Both dugouts also received major overhauls for the first time, including construction to make each sit below ground level. New bull pens were constructed for New Mexico as well, sitting just past the home dugout down the third base line.

Lobo field now has a more completed look with the new additions and renovations. Fans, make sure to get your tickets to see the Lobo softball team in action this month. For more ticket information, call 925-LOBO.