March 26, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball has two mid-week games against Eastern New Mexico Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lobo Field and a doubleheader with in-state rival New Mexico State Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Las Cruces, N.M. The Lobos have a 7-13 overall record heading into the games and are coming off a series with the nationally-ranked Arizona Wildcats last weekend. The Zias are 20-17 overall and have won nine of their last 11 games including taking three of four from West Texas A&M last week. The Aggies recently swept San Jose State in a three-game series to start conference undefeated. NMSU is 21-13 overall and 3-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.
The meeting with Eastern will be the fifth all-time between the two in-state programs. UNM holds a 5-0 series advantage and have held the Zias scoreless in the last three meetings. The series dates back to the 1990 season, when the Lobos traveled to Portales, N.M., for a doubleheader on March 12. The last meeting between the two schools came on April 6, 2004 in Albuquerque with UNM winning 1-0.
UNM was recently swept in a three-game series with Arizona but welcome the chance to return home. The Lobos are 2-1 this year in the friendly confines of Lobo Field. UNM took two of three against Utah Valley State on March 17-18 to open the home schedule. The Lobos are hitting .249 as a team with junior Lindsey Elcess leading the way at the plate with a .302 average. Seven different UNM players are hitting over .250. Junior Kelly Ninemire started all three games last weekend against the Wildcats and has a 4-7 overall record with a team leading 3.99 ERA.
ENMU carries momentum into Tuesday's game and is hitting .326 in 37 games. Alex Mayo Otis leads the Zias at the plate with a .417 average and 11 doubles. Nicole Dickson has been the primary pitcher for ENMU and has a 12-4 mark with a 3.64 ERA in 28 appearances. Kristen Cruicksha is second on the team with 20 appearances and a 6-8 record.
The Aggies are on a four game winning streak and have been led by Stephanie Herrera, who is hitting .409 this season. NMSU is a relatively young team with only four upperclassmen and no seniors. The Aggies are hitting .297 and have five players hitting over .350. Kim Watson is the ace for the pitching staff, sporting a 14-6 record with a 2.29 ERA.
The games will be available online through gameTracker and the Eastern game can be seen on All Access video through www.GoLobos.com. The broadcast will feature pre-game and post-game interviews with UNM head coach Ty Singleton. The voice of the Lobos, Mike Roberts, will be handling the play-by-play duties on All Access. Wednesday's games can be viewed through Aggie All Access on their athletic website.