Sept. 6, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico head softball coach Erica Beach and her staff are getting back into the swing of things this fall. With try outs conducted and the 2011-12 roster solidified, Beach and company are focusing their attention and effort on individual work outs and strength and conditioning for now, with 30 team practices to occur later this fall.
"Individual work outs give us coaches a chance to break things down and really focus on technique with the players," Beach said. "It's a great chance for them to get repetitions in and a way for the freshmen to learn and practice the mechanics we expect.
"Each player is allowed two hours of softball and six hours of strength and conditioning a week, so it's also important for them to be working on what they do in individual sessions on their own time."
The Lobos are also scheduled for eight fall contests.
New Mexico hosts El Paso Community College for a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 and Eastern New Mexico for a single game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.
The squad travels to Tucson, Ariz., over New Mexico's fall break for the University of Arizona Fall Tournament. The Lobos are slated to face Pima Community College at 3:30 p.m. and Cypress Community College at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14. New Mexico faces host Arizona at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 and concludes the tournament with two games on Sunday, October 16 against Phoenix College and Central Arizona College at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.
"Fall games are a good way to incorporate the freshmen," Beach said. "It also gives us an opportunity to see where we stand and will show us our strengths and weaknesses as a team. The games are a way to challenge the team early and give the players something to work toward."
The Lobos were 19-26 overall and 5-10 in the Mountain West last season in Beach's first year as head coach.
The 2010-11 squad had no seniors and the Lobos return with six seniors Danielle Castro, Shenise Cox, Jessica Garcia, Kerry Hodgins, Kaity Ingram and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar; six juniors Amber Tracy, Kaela DeBroeck, Stefanie Carramusa, Sheryl Guillermo, Kari Gutierrez, and Cassandra Kalapsa; and three sophomores Chelsea Anaya, Jordyn Bledsoe and Ally Hakeem. New Mexico welcomes four freshmen -- Adriana Correa, Mia Hignojos, Carrie Sheehan and Nykilah Torres.