March 10, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Home at last! The New Mexico softball team plays its first home games of the 2005 season, which is already a month in to action. The Lobos host Indiana State on Saturday, March 12 for a doubleheader that begins at 12 p.m. The two teams will also play two games on Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
New Mexico enters the weekend 3-14 overall. The Lobos were at the Mutual of Omaha Lady Raider Classic last weekend, going 1-3 with a 5-3 win in nine innings over UC Riverside. They suffered a 4-3 loss to Centenary, 7-6 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, which is now ranked No. 25 in the nation, and a 8-0 loss in six innings to host Texas Tech.
The Lobos also lost two games to weather at the tournament, bringing the season's total to eight cancelled games this season. In 2004, the Lobos lost just one game all season, which was a home game against BYU.
While at Lubbock, Texas, every Lobo except for sophomore catcher Liz Young collected one hit. Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins built on her team-leading hits, adding five for a total of 22 this season. Hodgins went 5-for-16 (.313) and also scored a team-high three runs. Sophomore Becky Dover and freshman Christina Rios both were 4-for-13 (.308) with Rios driving in a team-high four runs. Freshman Kayce Danna saw her first action of the year and collected three hits in 10 at bats over the four games.
Indiana State comes to Albuquerque on a three-game losing streak. The Sycamores, 4-5 overall lost two games on March 9, hosting Eastern Illinois. EIU shut out ISU 4-0 and 1-0. The Sycamores started out the year winning their first three competitions. They are 1-2 away from home and 2-0 at neutral sites.
Sophomore Stephanie Spychaj leads the team with a .429 batting average. Sophomore Jessica McGivney, hitting .381, leads the team in hits (8) and RBI (4). Junior Ashley Trover is also hitting above .300 with a .333 avg. As a team, Indiana State is hitting .225 while their opponents are averaging .231.
Freshman Darcy Wood has been a workhorse for the Sycamores. Wood has appeared in eight of the team's nine games, throwing a team-high 41.2 innings, 27 more than her closest teammate. Wood is 3-2 overall with a 1.68 ERA. She has struck out 53 batters while walking just 13 and allowing only 10 earned runs. Sophomore Natalie Kopp has the only other win on the Sycamore pitching staff. Kopp is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA after tossing 14.1 innings. McGivney and sophomore Julie Damico could also see time in the circle. As a team, Indiana State holds a 2.32 ERA but it is weighted by McGivney's 6.00 and Damico's 21.00 ERA after both threw two innings.