April 10, 2013
University of New Mexico Lobo Softball - on the Mountain West Road - @ UNLV
Friday, April 12: Lobos @ UNLV, 7 p.m. MT - GameTracker
Saturday, April 13: Lobos @ UNLV, 2 p.m. MT - GameTracker
Sunday, April 14: Lobos @ UNLV, 2 p.m. MT - GameTracker
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Looking ahead: Lobos host Nevada, April 19-21 - Pack the Park & Little League Night promotions
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Head coach Erica Beach and her Lobo softball squad look to earn another Mountain West series win as they travel to Las Vegas to take on the Rebels of UNLV, April 12-14.
New Mexico took a 2-1 series over Boise State at home last weekend - it was the first series win in league play for UNM since 2011.
The Lobos carry an 18-24 overall record and are tied for fifth with UNLV in the MW standings as both teams have a 2-4 mark in conference play. The Rebels enter this weekend at 16-22 overall and are also coming off a 2-1 series win over Fresno State.
UNM and UNLV begin the weekend with a 6 p.m. MT game on Friday evening. Saturday's and Sunday's games begin at 2 p.m. MT.
Freshman center fielder Mariah Rimmer continues to lead New Mexico at the plate with a .321 average. She has started every game this season and has recorded a team high 44 hits and 54 total bases. She's also the Lobos' leader and the Mountain West runner-up in stolen bases with 21 successful steals in 26 attempts. Third baseman Kaity Ingram is the only other Lobo who has started every game. The senior has a .266 average and is really filling in as needed for the Lobos. Ingram has started 33 games at third base, five at shortstop, two in left field and two in center field.
Senior rightfielder Cassandra Kalapsa has started 38 games and leads the team in RBIs with 17 and has recorded multiple RBIs in six games so far this season. Kalapsa batted .600 (3-for-5) last weekend against the Broncos, including two home runs -- one of which was a walk-off. She also scored three runs and drove in another three for the weekend while registering on-base and slugging percentages of .750 and 1.800, respectively. Kalapsa's efforts earned her MW Player of the Week honors -- a first for the native of Atwater, Calif.
Freshman hurler Lauren Soles has logged a team-high 106 innings over 22 appearances and a team-high 18 starts. The lefty has an 8-11 record and a Lobo-best 93 strikeouts. She's second on the team in ERA with a 3.10.
Senior Kaela DeBroeck has thrown 74 innings and in 20 appearances and 10 starts. DeBroeck is 5-6 with a 3.03 ERA and 38 strikeouts recorded.
Outfielder Stefany Valentino leads the Rebels with a .393 batting average. She has 42 hits in 107 at-bats. Junior Tayler Van Acker bats .295 (second-best for the Rebels) and has reached base the last 10 games. Tayler Aleman, a senior, leads UNLV with six homers and 23 RBIs.
Amanda Oliveto has logged 165 2/3 innings in the circle and owns a 13-11 record along with a 3.00 ERA. The junior was recently named Mountain West player of the week for going 1-0 in two starts against Fresno State. She's allowed 159 hits and 71 earned runs while striking out 129 batters. She's second in the league for strikeouts, trailing San Diego State's Rebecca Arbino by one. Oliveto does, however, lead the MW in batters struck out looking with 41.
Francesca Foti has thrown 53 2/3 innings and owns a 2-8 record. She has a 5.48 ERA and has allowed 96 hits while recording 12 strikeouts.
Following the series with the Rebels, the Lobos return to Albuquerque for five home games, featuring an MW series with Nevada April 19-21 and finishing with a doubleheader against UTEP.
Lobo Softball Notes
GUTIERREZ STEPS UP - Senior Kari Gutierrez got two starts in the series against Boise State as the Lobos' designated player. Gutierrez is listed as a pitcher and has started four games in circle and appeared in seven games total this season. She's also started as the DP five times this season. Gutierrez's start as the DP on April 6 was her first appearance since the second game of UNM's doubleheader at Oregon State on March14. She had one at-bat in that contest. Against the Broncos on April 6, she went 2-for-2, including her first career extra-base hit -- an RBI triple in the bottom of the second inning. It was also her first career RBI. Gutierrez also started as the DP on April 7, but went 0-for-2 as the Lobos struggled as a team, recording just three hits against the Broncos in a 13-0 loss.
STREAK TALK - Jordan Sjostrand is currently on a five-game hitting streak which began on March 29. The Lobo first baseman has recorded a hit in all but one conference game so far this season, and hit two singles in the Lobos' 1-0 loss at San Diego State on March 30. She's driven in three runs and scored one run in the streak. Other streaks worth noting include four-game streaks of reaching base for seniors Kaity Ingram and Cassandra Kalapsa and a three-game streak of reaching base for sophomore Mia Hignojos.
543 GDP - 543 GDP is statistician's lingo for one of the more common double play scenarios in softball, and while not all 15 of the Lobos' DPs have happened in that fashion it's still an impressive stat and one New Mexico can pride itself on. The Lobos rank tied for second (Fresno State) among Mountain West teams for fielding double plays. UNLV is first with 19. Last season, UNM had 14 DPs total.
ERRRRRRORS - Unfortunately, a stat that the Lobos also rank second for in the Mountain West is errors. The Lobos have committed 54 miscues so far this season, an average of 1.28/game. Colorado State is the only other MW team with more blips than UNM as the Rams have committed 64.
A `KAITY' OF ALL TRADES - Redshirt senior Kaity Ingram is stepping up as a veteran member of the team and filling in where her team needs here. She's proved to be a real `Kaity' of all trades. Ingram has started all 42 games-- mostly at third base (33), but also at short stop (5) and in the outfield (4).
RIMMER THE BASE BURGLAR - Freshman Mariah Rimmer is 21-of-26 for stolen bases in UNM's 42 games. She has recorded a stolen base in 17 games and three times has recorded two stolen bases - against Hampton on Feb. 16, against IPFW on Feb. 17 and against Long Beach State on March 2. Her 21 steals ranks her second in the league and surpasses last year's team high of 10 achieved by Jessica Lujan-Dresslar over 52 games.
ACTUALLY, RIMMER LEADS A PACK OF BASE BURGLARS - Actually, Rimmer is the ring leader of a whole Lobo pack of base burglars. New Mexico is second in the Mountain West conference in stolen bases with 43. Fresno State leads the league with 57. Rimmer has 21 of the Lobos' 43 while senior Kaity Ingram has six, junior Chelsea Anaya has four, Courtney Geith has three, Jordan Sjostrand and Mia Hignojos have two, and Cassandra Kalapsa, Nykilah Torres, Naomi Tellez, Karissa Haleman and Amber Tracy have one apiece.
ANAYA OUT FOR THE SEASON - Unfortunately, UNM will be without second baseman Chelsea Anaya for the remainder of the 2013 season. The junior broke her collarbone after colliding with Lobos' right fielder Cassandra Kalapsa during the bottom of the fourth inning against Yale on March 10. Anaya had started every single game of her career -- a total of 124 contests. The Lobos' first game against No. 10/9 Oregon on March 13 was the first time she wasn't in the lineup since the 2011 campaign. Anaya was second on the team in batting average this season, hitting at a .367 clip over 27 games. She led the team in runs batted in, with 20, and boasted a slugging percentage of .532. Hitting with runners on, Anaya had a .415 average, and with runners in scoring position, she hit .480. With a runner on third and less than two outs she batted .909.
SOLES FANS 14 - Freshman Lauren Soles recorded a career-best 14 strikeouts in the Lobos' 5-2 win over Siena on March 24 at Lobo Field. UNM softball records from 2006-present show the previous single-game high for strikeouts was nine, recorded first by senior Kaela DeBroeck on Feb. 26, 2011 against Northern Colorado, and matched by Soles in five innings pitched on March 8 of this season against Seattle. Soles struck out at least one batter each inning and earned all three outs in the first and fifth innings against the Saints. Four of the 14 batters fanned went down looking.
SOLES TOSSES NO-HITTER - The icing on the cake in the Lobos' final day of the Lobo Classic was freshman Lauren Soles' five-inning no-hitter against Central Michigan, 4-0. Soles earned her first win on Feb. 16 over Bradley and followed up with a no-no against the Chippewas. In 5.0 innings pitched, Soles faced 16 batters, walked none and struck out six. It's the first no-hitter in head coach Erica Beach's era (since 2011) and the first in recent history for the program.