Sept. 17, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--University of New Mexico head softball coach Ty Singleton has announced the 2010 Lobo softball schedule today. The 2010 schedule features some of the biggest names in college softball including 2009 National Champion and Pac-10 runner-up Washington, College World Series participants Missouri and Arizona, Super Regional Qualifier Baylor, and Mountain West Conference regular season champion BYU. Conference opponents San Diego State and UNLV received at-large bids, joining BYU in the NCAA Tournament ranks. The Lobos are currently scheduled to play 46 games and host 18 games at Lobo Field in 2010.
"Philosophically we're trying to build a Top-20 team," said Lobo softball head coach Ty Singleton. "In order to do that we've got to play Top-20 competition, and our schedule reflects that. One of the goals among the Mountain West softball teams is to play tougher schedules to help strengthen our RPI and get more teams into post-season play. I think Baylor and Arizona highlight our home schedule in addition to our home conference games. It's exciting for New Mexicans to come in and watch us play teams like Arizona, who are eight-time national champs, for a three-game series. Baylor went to the World Series three years ago, but also played for a regional championship last year and won the Big 12 title a couple years ago."
New Mexico kicks off 2010 regular season play at the Texas State Tournament Feb. 12-14. The Lobos take on the University of Texas-Arlington first, then match up against Regional Qualifiers and hosts Texas State for two games. Texas State was 40-18 in 2009, and the Bobcats played two games in the Waco Regional before bowing out to Louisiana Lafayette. New Mexico will play Oklahoma State and Northern Illinois in the last two games of the tournament in San Marcos.
The Lobos continue the early season road swing with trips to Seattle, Feb. 19-20, and UTEP, Feb. 26-28.
The first homestand of the season will be March 5-6 as New Mexico welcomes Super Regional Qualifier Baylor to Lobo Field for four games. The Lady Bears were 40-22 in 2009 and hosted their first regional tournament since 2004.
The Lobos gear up for their conference schedule by facing several top-tier programs in two tournaments on the road. The Missouri Tournament, March 12-14, features CWS participant and host Missouri who finished their season 50-12. In addition to the Tigers, New Mexico will face Illinois, Regional Qualifier Bradley, and conference foe San Diego State in the first of four 2010 meetings.
New Mexico will take on two more 2009 CWS teams at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., March 17-21. The Lobos will play single games against Regional Qualifiers Purdue, Louisville, and Fresno State in addition to taking on Arizona of last season's Elite Eight and the 2009 National Champion Washington Huskies.
The Lobos return home to host the Arizona Wildcats (46-17) in a three-game set March 26-28 before taking on in-state rivals New Mexico State (33-21) for a single game on April 6.
New Mexico begins Mountain West Conference play on the road against San Diego State on Apr. 9 before heading to Las Vegas to take on UNLV in single games on Apr. 10 and 11. San Diego State and UNLV received at-large NCAA bids after posting overall regular-season records of 33-18 and 31-19, respectively.
The Lobos kick off an eight-game homestand against MWC Champs BYU in a single game on April 15. 2009 was the fourth time the Cougars have earned the league crown.
The homestand comprises Utah (22-31) April 16-17, a second game against NMSU on April 20, Colorado State (26-25) April 24-25, and a doubleheader against UTEP (27-29-1) on April 27.
The Lobos then hit the road until mid-May for a third and final meeting with Utah on April 29 and back-to-back days against BYU on April 30 and May 1. A May 8 meeting with Colorado State is the Lobos' last road game of the regular season.
New Mexico closes out the regular season with a single home game against UNLV on May 13 and two games against San Diego State on May 14 and 15. The MWC Champion is determined by conference play and earns the automatic bid to the NCAA Tourney. Please visit GoLobos.com for more information.