May 9, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball will host Colorado State this weekend in two Mountain West Conference doubleheader to conclude the 2007 regular-season at Lobo Field. The doubleheaders are set for Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. UNM has an overall record of 19-22 and is 8-8 in conference play. CSU rolls into town with a 27-27 record and 6-9 in MWC action.
UNM ranks third place in the league standings with four games remaining. The Lobos are five games back of BYU, who needs two victories to clinch the regular-season title. CSU is in fourth place only a game and half behind UNM.
The Lobos are led by the offensive production of sophomore Analise Rubalcava and junior Lindsey Elcess. Rubalcava leads the team with a .382 batting average and 30 RBI. Elcess has eight doubles to go along with a .333 average and has started every game this season. Junior Kelly Ninemire leads the rotation with a 13-12 overall record and a 3.68 ERA in 146 1/3 innings.
Under the direction of head coach Ty Singleton, New Mexico has improved drastically over the year. The Lobos have already doubled their conference win total (4) from last year and have the most MWC victories since the 2002 season. UNM has an opportunity to finish the year at or above .500 for the first time since the 2001 campaign.
The Lobos were preseason ranked sixth in the MWC Coaches Poll but have been in the top three for most of the year. The Lobos have made the biggest jump in the standings of any school and hope to conclude the year on a winning note.
CSU has gone with a four pitcher rotation and have a team ERA of 3.77. The Rams are an aggressive offensive team that is hitting .270 with 70 homers and 230 RBI. CSU is led by Allison Majam, who is hitting .353 with 14 doubles and 31 RBI. Lauren Cusick is batting .330 with a team-leading three triples. The Rams have six players hitting over .300 and recently lost two of three to BYU.
The Lobos and Rams will meet for the 80th time Friday at 5 p.m. on Lobo Field. UNM has a 40-39 series advantage but lost three of four to CSU in 2006. The games will be available via gametracker and all access video at www.GoLobos.com.