New Mexico To Host Airport University Inn Lobo Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/15/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 15, 2006

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Airport University Inn Lobo Classic, March 17-19

Friday, March 17
South Dakota State vs. UC Riverside (Lobo Field), 9 a.m.
UC Riverside vs. New Mexico (Lobo Field), Noon
Texas Tech vs. South Dakota State (Academy HS), 12:30 p.m.
UC Riverside vs. New Mexico (Lobo Field), 2 p.m.
South Dakota State vs. Texas Tech (Academy HS), 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
Texas Tech vs. UC Riverside (Lobo Field), 9 a.m.
UC Riverside vs. Texas Tech (Lobo Field), 11 a.m.
South Dakota State vs. New Mexico (Lobo Field), 1 p.m.
South Dakota State vs. New Mexico (Lobo Field), 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
Texas Tech vs. New Mexico (Lobo Field), Noon

New Mexico will be looking to protect a couple of impressive streaks this weekend as it plays host in the Airport University Inn Lobo Classic (March 17-19). By sweeping the NMSU Aggies last week in a doubleheader in Albuquerque, the Lobos (11-12) have managed to remain undefeated at home and boost their winning streak nine games. New Mexico will match up against UC Riverside at Lobo Field on Friday, March 17 at noon and 2 p.m., South Dakota State on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Lobos wrap up the tournament with a one-game contest against Texas Tech on Sunday, March 19 at noon. For ticket information, call 925-LOBO.

New Mexico's nine-game winning streak is the longest since 2000. The Lobos have won nine of their last 11 games played.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- New Mexico freshman third baseman Analise Rubalcava and junior righthander Caley Peterson have been named Mountain West Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Rubalcava, from Chandler, Ariz., played an integral part in New Mexico's offense over the weekend in the doubleheader against in-state rival New Mexico State. She had a .750 batting average overall and went 6-for-8 with one double, a season first home run and five RBI. In the first game of the doubleheader, Rubalcava went 4-for-5 with three RBI and hit her season first home run. She also drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to left center to give the Lobos the 9-8 victory. In the second game, Rubalcava went 2-for-3 and had two RBI. She is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and leads the team with eight doubles.

Peterson, a Eugene, Ore., native, took both wins in the doubleheader against New Mexico State last weekend, improving her overall record to 3-2. Peterson also earned her first career shutout with the Lobos in the 8-0 win over the Aggies in the second game of the doubleheader. Peterson allowed only five hits over the weekend and no runs. She also struck out six and recorded only one walk in 23 batters faced. Peterson leads the New Mexico pitching staff with a 3.50 ERA.

UC RIVERSIDE (16-4): The Highlanders are coming into this weekend's tournament with the most wins...they just finished off a convincing doubleheader sweep of Quinnipiac University (3-13) on Tuesday, March 14 with a 9-1 win and a 3-1 win...with these two victories, UCR broke their own Division 1 school record of 15 wins on a season which they achieved just last year...the top person at the plate for the Highlanders is Melissa Sanchez with a .474 BA and an .895 slugging percentage...pitcher Stephan Marshal will be traveling to Albuquerque with the best ERA in the tournament at 1.29 and a 9-2 season record...UCR on the internet: www.athletics.ucr.edu.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (11-7): The Jackrabbits just wrapped up their domination of the Rebel Spring Games on Friday, March 10 in Kissimmee, Fla...they went 6-2 in the tournament with their only losses coming to Robert Morris (Pa.) and St. Peter's (N.J.)... Kim Westendorf and Jenna Marston pitched complete-game victories against Toledo (Ohio) and Saint Bonaventure (N.Y.) to wrap up their last two games of the week...their No. one hitter is Chris Pesqueira with a .340 BA and a .447 slugging percentage...Westendorf has a 1.95 ERA while Marston is coming into this weekend with a 1.63 ERA...SDSU on the Internet: www.GoJacks.com.

TEXAS TECH (8-18): The Red Raiders are coming off a convincing 12-2 win over Northern Colorado on Sunday in the 2006 WSU Shocker Invitational at Wilkins Field in Wichita, Kan...this game, which was ended after the fifth inning due the run-rule, gave them their third win of five games in the tournament...they split wins with Missouri State and Wichita State the two days before...the top hitter for the Red Raiders is Whitney Riley with a .292 BA and the top pitcher is Erin Crawford who has won five of seven and maintains a 2.48 ERA...this weekend's tournament will conclude the TTU pre-conference tournament schedule...TTU on the internet: www.texastech.com.

New Mexico kept the wins coming last weekend with victories over New Mexico State. The Lobos took both games in the doubleheader, winning 9-8 and 8-0. With the wins, the Lobos have a perfect 6-0 home record and are on a nine-game winning streak.

With 11 hits recorded in the second game against New Mexico State last weekend, the Lobos have hit in the double digits for seven straight games and nine times overall this season. Last year, New Mexico hit in the double digits in three games.

The Lobos have not been held scoreless once so far this season. New Mexico has scored at least one run in all 23 games played, including scoring on top-ranked Arizona and Stanford in its first weekend of competition. The most runs New Mexico has scored in a game this season was in the Lobos' 15-4 victory over Northern Colorado. UNM scored 13 runs in one inning.

Senior and Carlsbad, N.M. native Cassie Chavez currently leads New Mexico with a .386 batting average. The starting shortstop has seven doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI for a slugging percentage of .571.

Chavez has career highs in batting average (.386), slugging percentage (.571) and on base percentage (.439).

In the UNM career record book, Chavez is making her way up the home run and doubles list. She has a career 21 home runs to put her in third place on the all-time list and is in fifth place with 32 doubles.

Chavez is in her fifth and final season with New Mexico as a senior. She joined the Lobos from Carlsbad High School where she was named the Female Athlete of the Year and led her team to a state championship her senior year.

The Lobos have three players representing the Land of Enchantment, including Chavez (Carlsbad, N.M.) and freshmen Samantha Hughes (Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva HS) and Heather Carter (Albuquerque, N.M./Manzano HS).

Hughes has started at first base in every game this season and is near the top of the hitting stats with a .325 batting average. She is currently one of five Lobos that is in the double digits in RBIs with 14. She has one home run and is at the top of the list with six doubles.

Carter has made several appearances this season as a pinch runner. She has one stolen base and has scored seven runs.

The New Mexico softball page at GoLobos.com has a tournament link for this weekend where final scores and stats can be found for each game. Just click the link on the side bar that says Airport University Inn Lobo Classic Information.

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, bathroom and shower facilities, coaches' offices, and indoor batting cages. Both dugouts also received major overhauls for the first time ever, including construction on the dugouts 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. The Lobos will have plenty of time to enjoy their new facility as they play at home the entire month of March. Fans, make sure to get your tickets to see the Lobo softball team in action this month. For more ticket information, call 925-LOBO.

Head coach Kim Newbern is nine wins away from capturing her 300th career win as a softball head coach. That's including her 209 wins while at Washburn University in Kansas.

New Mexico will take on Northern Colorado next weekend in a four-game series March 25-26 at Lobo Field. The games against Northern Colorado will mark the last of New Mexico's non-conference schedule. The following weekend, the Lobos will face Colorado State at home April 1 to kickoff Mountain West Conference competition.