Lobos Unload In Utah For Twin Bills With BYU And Utah
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/13/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 13, 2005

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UNLOADING IN UTAH: New Mexico (13-20, 3-3 MWC) looks to rebound from the dropped doubleheader at Colorado State with two twin bills this weekend. The Lobos will play BYU in Provo on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 17 at 12 p.m.

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT: Colorado State rallied to win game one 5-4 in nine innings and then took game two, 4-1. Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins went 4-for-5 with a RBI and run scored in game one while junior Kristina Schmallen was 1-for-4 with a team-high two RBI and sophomore Liz Young was 0-3 while scoring a team-high two runs. Junior Katie Gregg got the start, going four innings for five hits, one earned run, no walks or strikeouts. Senior Ashley Perkins took the loss, hurling 4.1 innings of relief for five hits, four earned runs, four walks and five strikeouts. In game two, New Mexico collected only four hits, one of which was junior Cassie Chavez' 19th-career home run. Sophomore Caley Peterson took the loss, tossing a six-hit complete game for two earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts.

COUGARS REVIEW: BYU has won nine of its last 10 games, posting an overall record of 26-9 while leading the MWC with a 5-1 record. The Cougars last game was a 5-3 win on Tuesday over Utah Valley State which rebounded them from a 6-5 loss at UNLV to cap the weekend's twin bill. BYU, which is undefeated at home this year (3-0), is a offensive powerhouse. The Cougars hit .316 as three players average over .400. Ariel Capra holds a team-high .448 average while Lauren Watson-Perry has the second best average (.412) and leads the team in at bats (114), runs scored (36), hits (47), doubles (9) and stolen bases (9-12). Summer Tobias heads up a strong pitching staff, maintaining a 1.45 ERA in 101.2 innings of work. She is 12-4 with 10 complete games and four shutouts. She has allowed 84 hits, 40 runs, 21 earned runs, 21 walks and 78 strikeouts this year.

SCOUTING THE UTES: Utah is on a three-game slide after visiting San Diego State and UNLV for doubleheaders last weekend. The Utes won game one against San Diego State, 5-0 thanks to Brianna Gourdin and her three-hit shutout. Last year's Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions are just 1-5 to start the conference regular season. Overall, Utah is 12-19 and 0-2 at home. Devina Quintero and Diana Phillips lead the offensive punch for Utah. Quintero holds a .321 batting average overall to lead the team and is hitting .412 against the MWC. Phillips has a team-high .444 average against the conference and hits .295 overall. Gourdin is the Utes' ace, holding a 2.59 ERA through 105.1 innings of work. She is 8-8 overall with 15 starts and 14 complete games. Gourdin has given up 111 hits, 39 earned runs, 34 walks and 77 strikeouts.

Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins has been a driving force for the Lobos this year.

LOBOS VS. BYU: Last year the Cougars swept the Lobos in the regular season, winning all three games of the series. The fourth game between UNM and BYU was supposed to be the second in a doubleheader but was cancelled because of darkness in Albuquerque. BYU outscored New Mexico 14-5 and outhit the Lobos 22-19 in those games. But New Mexico had its revenge at the best time of the season. The Lobos upset BYU 1-0 in 10 innings in the opening game of the conference tournament. The Cougars hold a slight series advantage heading into the weekend, winning 11 of 20 games played against New Mexico.

UNM AGAINST UTAH: This series has technically been dominated by Utah. The Utes hold a 53-23-1 record against UNM and have been victorious in 14 of the last 22 games dating back to the inception of the Mountain West Conference. Last year Utah won three of four, falling 7-6 in nine innings in the night cap of a twin bill in Albuquerque. In game one of that twin bill, Utah slid past the Lobos with a 1-0 win in eight innings. The Utes outscored New Mexico 18-12 but UNM outhit Utah 34-31.

ROCKY ROAD: New Mexico has been extremely unlucky on the road this year. They are 0-8 at opponents parks and 3-10 when playing at a neutral site. Last year, the Lobos were 7-18 on the road and 14-10 at neutral sites. Head coach Kim Newbern is now 13-36 on the road in her career at UNM and is 28-40-1 at neutral sites.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Lobos love playing at home. Not only are they getting a brand new clubhouse with attaching dugouts, they are also 10-2 at Lobo Field this year. At one point, New Mexico had won five consecutive at home, which saw three shutouts over that span with 28 of 29 scoreless innings dished out by the Lobos.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMPS HERE: For the second consecutive year, a sophomore is leading the Lobos offensively. Ryanne Hodgins holds a batting avg. of .361 (43-for-119) and leads the team in at bats (119), hits (43), runs scored (19), triples (3) and stolen bases (5-6). Hodgins is one of five Lobos to start in all 33 games this year and is the only one to hold a perfect fielding percentage. What is even more impressive about Hodgins' numbers is that she has more runs scored (15), hits (38), doubles (1), triples (3), and RBI (6) than she had all of last year through 54 games and 157 at bats.

HOGGING THE HITS: Juniors Kristina Schmallen and Cassie Chavez are currently on a five-game hitting streak. Schmallen's longest this year was seven while Chavez has tied her season high at five. The Lobos' longest hitting streak this season was set by Ryanne Hodgins at 10 games.

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT: The Lobos have tinkered with their offensive and defensive lineup but a few have always remained the same. In all 33 games, junior Cassie Chavez has always batted fourth and started at third base. Senior Ashley Shartzer has started all 33 games at first base while sophomores Amy Ray and Ryanne Hodgins have always been in center and right field, respectively.

Senior Ashley Shartzer is a force to be reckoned with at first base.

CARVING OUT A LEGACY: Five Lobos are currently carving out their legacies in the UNM career recordbooks. Two of them are seniors, Ashley Perkins and Ashley Shartzer, but three of these amazing athletes still have years to go before they are finished leaving their mark.

Finishing up her final year of a two-year career at New Mexico, Perkins has set a career best for lowest opponent batting average (.225) and most strikeouts per seven inning game (6.27). She is first in most wild pitches thrown (24), third in most at bats against (857), seventh in most home runs allowed (16), eighth in most batters faced (1,010) and most hit batters (13), ninth in most walks allowed (108) and tenth in most earned runs allowed (109), most doubles allowed (25) and most triples allowed (5). Perkins is 14 strikeouts away from 10th in strikeouts (217), nine appearances away from 10th all-time (64), eight away from 10th in most games started (42) and two shutouts away from 10th all-time (10).

Shartzer is wrapping up her three-year career in the cherry and silver as arguably the best defensive player in the program's history. Shartzer holds the career record for most chances (1,119), putouts (1,001) and doubles plays turned (39). She also holds the ninth best fielding percentage at .983. Shartzer's also worked herself into the batting record book, currently tied for first in most times hit by a pitch (19) and third in most strikeouts (109).

Currently in her junior year, Cassie Chavez has wowed the fans with her almighty bat and stellar defensive prowess. Chavez is third all-time in home runs, having belted 19. She is fifth in highest slugging percentage at .491 and tied seventh in most times hit by a pitch (7). Defensively, Chavez places seventh for most assists (322) and eighth in most double plays turned (8).

Newcomers Kristina Schmallen and Liz Young haven't even finished one season as a Lobo and already place in the career recordbooks. Young, a sophomore transfer, holds the 10th lowest stolen base against percentage (.857) and most caught stealing (6), seventh most stolen bases against (36) and second most passed balls (15). Schmallen, a junior transfer, has already turned nine double plays this year, placing her seventh all-time.

MONUMENTAL SEASON: Some of the season records are also breaking at the hands of the 2005 Lobos. Two batting records and five pitching and fielding records have already been invaded by members of the team and there are still at least 15 games left before the season ends.

Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins and freshman Lindsey Elcess have placed their names in the hitting books. Hodgins currently holds the 10th best batting average at .361 while Elcess has the fifth best slugging percentage at .636.

Senior Ashley Shartzer has continued to be phenomenal at first, putting out 296 runners to make her 10th in putouts. Shartzer also has aided in turning 10 double plays, tied for the sixth most in a season. Junior Kristina Schmallen in right on Shartzer's heals in double plays turned, having been a contributor to nine, leaving her tied for ninth. Sophomore Liz Young makes the list for most stolen bases against (36/4th) and most passed balls (15/1st).

In the circle, senior Ashley Perkins holds the best strikeouts per game ratio at 7.14 this season and is tied third in lowest opponent batting average (.237). Perkins is eighth in most walks allowed (58) and most at bats against (388). Junior Katie Gregg is also 10th in most at bats against with 264.