April 11, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball will host UNLV and San Diego State this weekend in Mountain West Conference action. The Lobos are scheduled to play their conference opener Friday against the Rebels in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. UNM will play two single games with SDSU Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at noon. All the games will be played at Lobo Field.
The Lobos are 10-13 on the year and carry the momentum of a three game winning streak into the conference opener this weekend. UNM was scheduled to open conference last weekend at Colorado State but the series was cancelled due to weather conditions. The Lobos have not played a game since the March 28, when they swept New Mexico State in a doubleheader down in Las Cruces, N.M.
UNLV leads the conference after going 4-0 in the opening weekend. The Rebels are 28-16 this season but are 0-1 on the away from Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV has won four of its last six games and is hitting .278 as a team. The Rebels have three players hitting over .300 and are led by Jaci Hull. Hull has started every game and is batting .408 with a team-leading 14 doubles and seven home runs. UNLV has five pitchers with two 10 game winners. Christie Robinson is 10-4 in 27 appearances and has a 1.80 ERA, while Stephanie Bregante is 10-6 with a 2.34 ERA.
San Diego State is 24-15, 1-3 MWC and will open the weekend at Colorado State Friday with a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. The Aztecs are the defending conference champions but have lost three of their first four league games. Last weekend, SDSU managed to split with Utah and was swept by BYU. Melissa Owens leads the team at the plate with a .364 batting average and 19 RBI. Owens has 10 doubles and a team-leading four home runs. As a team, SDSU is hitting .292 in 39 games. Christina Ross has been the primary pitcher for the Aztecs after making 29 appearances and recording a 16-8 mark. Ross has a 1.58 ERA and opponents are hitting .213.
The Lobos are at a series disadvantage this weekend against both opponents. UNLV leads the series with UNM, 23-20, and won four of five meetings last year. SDSU has dominated the series with the Lobos, 40-23, and won all four games in 2006.
The games will be available through gametracker and all access video on the UNM athletic website. Following the games a complete recap and stats will be posted on www.GoLobos.com.