April 29, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE,N.M. - New Mexico softball continues Mountain West Conference action this weekend at UNLV and No. 19/21 San Diego State. The Lobos battle the Rebels in a doubleheader Friday starting at 5 p.m. MT before heading to California for single games with SDSU Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. MT. The games will be available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com. The two-games at SDSU will have live video and radio.
Scouting The Rebels - UNLV enters the week with a 23-34-1 overall record and will play Nevada-Reno Wednesday in doubleheader. The Rebels are 3-11 in the Mountain West Conference and currently sit in sixth place. UNLV is led by Jaci Hull who is hitting .320 in 58 games. The Rebels are hitting .253 as a team with two players hitting over .300. Stephanie Bregante leads the UNLV pitching staff with a 12-15 record and a 3.15 ERA. The Rebels have used as many as four pitchers this season. UNLV is coached by Lonni Alameda who is in her fifth season.
Previous Series - New Mexico dropped two games to UNLV earlier this season in Albuquerque. The Lobos fell in game 1, 14-5 and lost game 2, 5-3. The Rebels lead the all-time series with New Mexico, 27-22.
SDSU Report - The Aztecs have won seven of their last nine games and enter this week nationally-ranked No. 19/21. SDSU is tied for second place in the league standings with a 9-5 mark. The Aztecs are 37-15 overall and 19-5 at home this season. Tonye McCorkle leads the team with a .318 batting average. Tamani Wells and Erin Floros have contributed as well for SDSU. Wells is a quick outfielder with a .309 batting average, while Floros is hitting .301 with a team-leading 35 RBI. Christian Ross is the ace of the pitching staff for the Aztecs. Ross, who is one of the top pitchers in the MWC, has a 24-12 record and a 1.06 ERA. She has made 43 appearances and thrown 237 2/3 innings. SDSU plays Colorado State twice Friday before playing UNM Saturday and Sunday.
Previous Series - SDSU swept a doubleheader with UNM on April 18 in Albuquerque. The Aztecs squeezed out a 2-0 victory in game one and held off the Lobos for a 6-4 win in the nightcap. UNM trails in the series with SDSU, 26-43.
Gilmore Named MWC Player of the Week - New Mexico sophomore Katie Gilmore has been named Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week as announced by the league office today. Gilmore earns her first career MWC weekly honor and becomes the first Lobo to be named Player of the Week this season. Gilmore, from Phoenix, Ariz., led New Mexico to a 2-1 record last week, hitting .778 with four doubles in three games. Gilmore went a perfect 3-for-3 against New Mexico State in the Rio Grande Rivalry and batted 4-for-4 against Colorado State in game one of a doubleheader, recording three doubles and two RBI vs. the Rams. For the week, Gilmore went 7-for-9 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored while starting every game at second base for the Lobos. This season, Gilmore is hitting .325 with a team-leading 11 doubles. Gilmore has started every game for New Mexico and has two home runs along 19 RBI.
On The Horizon - The 2008 season comes to a close next weekend against Utah and BYU at Lobo Field. New Mexico slams the door on Ty Singleton's second year with a doubleheader May 8 with the Utes and single games against the Cougars Friday and Saturday. With eight games remaining on the schedule, UNM has a 23-20 overall record.
MWC Standings - New Mexico currently sits in second place in the MWC standings with a 5-7 record. The Lobos have eight critical conference games remaining on the schedule including four this weekend at UNLV and SDSU. The regular-season champion earns the automatic bid to the NCAA. The MWC does not have a conference tournament as voted on by the league coaches.
Building The Program - New Mexico head coach Ty Singleton continues to rebuild the Lobo softball program and the 2008 season has reflected those improvements. UNM is 23-20 this season and on the verge of its first winning season since 2001. The Lobos have surpassed their 2007 total for victories and are one win shy of having the most since 2004.
First Televised Game At Lobo Field - The Mountain Network will televised the first softball games at Lobo Field on Thursday, May 8. The network will air both games of a twinbill with Utah starting at 5 p.m. Since 1978, there has never been a softball game broadcast from Lobo Field. Erin Bajackson will call the play-by-play action.
Lobos Split Tough Weekend - New Mexico split two doubleheaders last weekend against Colorado State and Texas Tech. The Lobos cruised to an 8-2 victory in game one against the Rams but dropped the second, 11-1, in five innings. UNM fell in game one against the Red Raiders, 4-3 but used a solo home run by senior Lindsey Elcess to win game two, 1-0.
Elcess Snaps Home Run Slump - Senior Lindsey Elcess belted her 10th home run of the season against Texas Tech Monday and snapped a month long dry spell. The solo home run against the Red Raiders was her 28th career round-tripper and her first this season since March 27 against UTSA. Elcess is currently second on the UNM home run list and needs nine more to pass Kathy Moore for the all-time lead.
Ninemire Throwing Well - Senior Kelly Ninemire went 2-0 last week against New Mexico State and Colorado State. Ninemire dominated in both outings allowing two earned runs in 12 innings and finished the week with a 1.17 ERA. The Prosper, Texas native, threw five innings against the Aggies in the Rio Grande Rivalry series on April 22 while striking out five. In game one against CSU, Ninemire recorded seven strikeouts in seven innings and only gave up two runs.