March 3, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico softball team hosts No. 25 Baylor University in a four-game home stand this weekend at Lobo Field. The four-game series begins with a doubleheader Friday at 3:00 p.m. and concludes with a doubleheader Saturday at 11:00 a.m. MT. GameTracker and live video streaming will be available for all four games on www.GoLobos.com. Audio broadcasts will be provided for both games on Friday.
The first game Friday will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Lobos currently lead the series 6-5, but Baylor has won the past five straight games including a 5-0 win on Feb. 13, 2009. The series dates back to March 9, 1983 with the Lobos last win coming on Mar. 11, 1988.
New Mexico is 8-6 after last weekend's UTEP Tournament in El Paso, Texas. The Lobos split games on the first day of the tournament, beating Northern Colorado 12-5 and losing to San Jose State 6-1. The Lobos swept both games on the second day when they beat Weber State 8-1 and recorded their third shutout of the season against San Jose State, 2-0. The Lobos other losses came against Northern Colorado and host UTEP Sunday.
The Lobos enter this week's games after sweeping the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Awards. Gilmore was honored as Player of the Week, while Samantha Gatson earns the Pitcher of the Week award. During the tournament Lobo senior Katie Gilmore hit .500 with four RBIs on 11 hits. She also had a home run and four stolen bases. Gatson went 2-0 at the tournament, striking out 10 batters in just 16.2 innings in the circle.
Baylor comes into the series with an 11-6 record after sweeping two games against Prairie View A&M on Tuesday. Baylor won the first game 10-0 and the second game14-0; both games were over in five innings. The Bears return seven starters from their 2009 roster, where they posted a 40-22 record last season. Baylor was led by junior Jordan Vannatta who went 3-for-6 with five RBIs and scored three runs and senior Tiffany Wesley who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and scored three runs.
Expect to see freshman Courtney Repka and sophomore Whitney Canion in the circle for Baylor. Repka is currently 7-3 this season with 44 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. Canion has 59 strikeouts in 36.2 innings and has a 3-3 record. Rounding out the Bears pitching staff is freshman Alicia Vasquez, who will most likely see time in relief.
Tickets available at the gate: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids and UNM students are free. Fans can also purchase the Olympic Sports Pass, which grants fans entrance to Lobo baseball and softball. Go to www.GoLobos.com for more information.