Lobos Face Northern Colorado In Last Non-Conference Games
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/20/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 20, 2006

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New Mexico vs. Northern Colorado, March 25-26
Saturday, March 25 - New Mexico vs. Northern Colorado Noon
Saturday, March 25 - New Mexico vs. Northern Colorado 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 26 - New Mexico vs. Northern Colorado Noon
Sunday, March 26 - New Mexico vs. Northern Colorado 2 p.m.

The New Mexico softball team continues its home schedule with a four-game series against Northern Colorado March 25-26. The Lobos will (15-13) face the Bears (7-19) in doubleheaders each day with the games scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. MVP Baseball/Softball Academy will be the sponsor for this weekend's games.

The last time New Mexico faced Northern Colorado was at the UTEP Invitational on Feb. 25. The Lobos defeated the Bears 15-4 in five innings. The win over Northern Colorado was the first victory in New Mexico's 13-game winning streak this season.

The games against Northern Colorado will mark the end of New Mexico's non-conference schedule. Next weekend, New Mexico opens the Mountain West Conference portion of its season with a home doubleheader against Colorado State on April 1. First game starts at 1 p.m.

With a 15-13 overall record, the Lobos sit with a winning percentage of .536 and have moved up in the conference standings to fifth place. San Diego State (15-8/3rd) and Utah (15-9/4th) also have 15 wins while BYU leads the standings with an overall record of 17-6. Colorado State is in second with a 19-9 record and UNLV sits in last place at 13-19.

This is the first winning record for New Mexico since 2004.

Northern Colorado (7-19): The Bears carry a 7-19 record into this weekend's games against the Lobos...Northern Colorado had two losses to No. 25 Nebraska last week and split a doubleheader with UMKC...heavy hitter for the Bears is Ashley Martinosky with a .338 batting average. She currently leads the team with five home runs and 16 RBI...the Bear's pitching staff has seen some hard times this season as their best ERA comes from Jessica Milligan who carries a 6.54 with a 2-8 record...Northern Colorado on the internet: www.uncbears.com.

In the game against Northern Colorado at the UTEP Invite last month, New Mexico crushed the ball in the third inning to score 13 runs. The Lobos then scored two more runs in the fourth inning to end the game early with the run rule. New Mexico only gave up four runs in the game.

Big hitters Kristina Schmallen and Lindsey Elcess are currently tied for most home runs on the season with seven each. Both hit a home run in last weekend's tournament and are now tied for ninth place for most home runs in a season at New Mexico. Former Lobo Danielle Cassara currently holds the record with 13 in 1999.

New Mexico came out of the Lobo Classic almost perfect, winning its first four games of the weekend. But Texas Tech held strong on the final day, defeating New Mexico 4-2 to snap the Lobos' 13-game winning streak.

Despite the loss to Texas Tech, New Mexico was still able to claim the tournament title for having the best record during the weekend. Three Lobos made the all-tournament team, including center fielder Jennifer Deitrich, second baseman Kristina Schmallen and shortstop Cassie Chavez. Chavez was also named tournament MVP for the Lobos.

New Mexico's four wins in the tournament came against UC Riverside (game 1: 6-2, game 2: 5-1) and South Dakota State (game 1: 10-1, game 2: 5-3).

Each Lobo pitcher grabbed a win over the weekend with senior Katie Gregg capturing two wins in the circle, Jen Mendenhall one and Caley Peterson one.

New Mexico's impressive winning streak came to end on Sunday with a 4-2 loss to Texas Tech ending the streak at 13 games. The winning streak was the third longest in UNM history and by far the longest under head coach Kim Newbern.

Senior Cassie Chavez leads the team with a season batting average of .393. She currently has career highs in batting average, triples (2), slugging percentage (.643) and on base percentage (.449). Chavez is third on the list in all-time career home runs at New Mexico with 22 and is fourth in doubles with 36.

In last weekend's games against South Dakota State, Chavez had a day at the plate going 3-for-3 in both contests and finishing the day with a total of seven. She also had two triples, one double and one home run in the doubleheader against South Dakota State.

Chavez is in her fifth and final season with New Mexico as a senior. She joined the Lobos from Carlsbad High School where she was named the Female Athlete of the Year and led her team to a state championship her senior year.

The Lobos have not been held scoreless once so far this season. New Mexico has scored at least one run in all 28 games played, including scoring on top-ranked Arizona and Stanford in its first weekend of competition. The most runs New Mexico has scored in a game this season was in the Lobos' 15-4 victory over Northern Colorado. UNM scored 13 runs in one inning.

The last time New Mexico was held scoreless was in the May 12 conference tournament game against Utah in 2005. The Utes defeated the Lobos 1-0.

This past weekend New Mexico turned three double plays, boosting season double plays to nine. Kristina Schmallen was involved in all three last weekend, giving her a career total of 20 and placing her second on the all-time record list for career double plays turned.

With just four more non-conference games to go, the Lobos are gearing up to do some damage in the Mountain West Conference portion of their season. Here is a look at the conference schedule coming up:

April 1 (at Lobo Field) Colorado State (DH)

April 7 (at San Diego, Calif.) San Diego State (DH)
April 9 (at Las Vegas, Nev.) UNLV (DH)

April 13 (at Lobo Field) BYU (DH)
April 16 (at Lobo Field) Utah (DH)

April 21 (at Lobo Field) UNLV (DH)
April 23 (at Lobo Field) San Diego State (DH)

April 28 (at Salt Lake City, Utah) Utah (DH)
April 29 (at Provo, Utah) BYU (DH)

May 6 (at Fort Collins, Colo.) Colorado State (DH)

May 11-13 MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Head coach Kim Newbern is five wins away from capturing her 300th career win as a softball head coach. That's including her 209 wins while at Washburn University in Kansas.

When at Lobo Field this March, fans will notice a brand new facility connected to the Lobos' dugout. The renovation project was completed in the fall of 2005 just in time for New Mexico's 2006 season. The facility houses the Lobos' locker room, bathroom and shower facilities, coaches' offices, and indoor batting cages. Both dugouts also received major overhauls for the first time ever, including construction on the dugouts to make each sit below ground level. New bull pens were constructed for New Mexico as well, sitting just past the home dugout down the third base line.

Lobo field now has a more completed look with the new additions and renovations. The Lobos will have plenty of time to enjoy their new facility as they play at home the entire month of March. Fans, make sure to get your tickets to see the Lobo softball team in action this month. For more ticket information, call 925-LOBO.

New Mexico will open conference play next Saturday, April 1 with a home doubleheader against Colorado State. First game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and the second game will start at 3 p.m.