Lobos Wrap Up Regular Season At San Diego State, UNLV This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/04/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 4, 2005

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REGULAR SEASON FINALE: New Mexico (14-29, 4-12 MWC) concludes the regular season on the West Coast. The Lobos' first stop is San Diego, where they will play a doubleheader against the Aztecs starting at 5 p.m. PDT. UNM will finish the season in Las Vegas with a twinbill slated for 1 p.m. versus UNLV. Both doubleheaders will be available for live internet viewing on Gametracker. Links are located on the schedule page.

LOOKING AT THE LOBOS LAST TIME: The Lobos went 1-3 last weekend, hosting BYU and Utah. The lone win was the final game of the weekend, beating Utah 3-2, to end an 11-game losing streak that lasted almost the entire month of April. New Mexico fell to BYU 4-0 and 9-7, respectively and 5-3 to Utah. The team hit .301 with all but three averaging at least .300. Freshman Ashley Allen had the best average at .462 with a team-high 13 at bats, six hits and three RBI. Junior Cassie Chavez hit .417 with a team-high four runs scored. Junior Katie Gregg got the lone win, throwing a five-hit complete game for two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State was swept by UNLV on Saturday, falling to 23-27 overall and 1-15 in the MWC. The Aztecs have now lost eight straight MWC games and 11 of their last 12 overall. The San Diego State pitching staff leads the MWC in ERA (1.77), opponent batting average (.206) and strikeouts (348). Junior righthander Celena Velasquez leads the conference in ERA (1.30), opposing batting average (.178), strikeouts (183) and is tied for first in saves (five), while she is tied for eighth in the nation in saves and 46th in ERA.

REBELS REVIEW: UNLV swept San Diego State on Saturday, improving to 37-16 overall and 13-3 in the MWC. The Rebels were rewarded with votes in both of the national polls. The Rebels have now swept four-game season series from San Diego State and Utah, marking the first time the Rebels have swept a season series, let alone two, from a conference foe since joining the MWC. UNLV's 37 wins on the season is tied for fifth on the all-time program list. Senior Morgan Bostwick currently ranks third all-time at UNLV in games played (236). She needs just seven more games played to take over first-place. Freshman Marissa Nichols is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, her second longest of the season. She hit her 15th home run of the season in game two vs. SDSU, moving her into a tie for second on the UNLV single-season charts and eighth in the career rankings. She also stole her 28th base of the year, placing her ninth on the Rebel career list.

LOBOS VS. SDSU: The Aztecs lead the all-time series with New Mexico 41-21. SDSU had won seven straight before the season series started in Albuquerque on April 3. The Lobos ended that streak, sweeping the doubleheader by scores of 2-1 and 4-1, respectively. Junior Katie Gregg and sophomore Caley Peterson got the wins and freshman Lindsey Elcess earned the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week award for her efforts.

NEW MEXICO VS. UNLV: UNM holds a slight series advantage over the Rebels, 19-17. They split the doubleheader hosted by New Mexico with UNLV winning game one 10-4 but losing game two 7-3. Sophomore Caley Peterson earned the win as the Lobos outhit UNLV 8-7 and the Rebels made four key errors.

ALLEN ADDING LIFE TO LINEUP: Freshman Ashley Allen has started seven straight games in left field for New Mexico. She currently has a four-game hit streak in tact after a tremendous weekend against BYU and Utah. Allen hit .462 (6-for-13) with three RBI and one run scored. Having played in eight games in left field, she leads the team in hitting in the conference at .391.

YOUNG ON A ROLL: Sophomore Liz Young has been swinging a hot bat of late. She hit .400 against BYU and Utah and had a four-game hit streak until it was snapped in the second game against Utah in which she had only one at bat.

SCHMALLEN'S A SMASH: Junior Kristina Schmallen has been a smashing success since returning to the lineup after an injury suffered in February. Schmallen has the best batting average on the team at .339 and is tied for the team high in runs scored with 20. Schmallen has nine multiple-hit games including two three-hit games. She has two multiple-RBI games that includes a three-RBI performance. Currently with a two-game hit streak, Schmallen's season long was seven, which occurred following her injury. She has also played 26 consecutive games at second base since her return and has aided in nine double plays, the second most this season.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMPS HERE: For the second consecutive year, a sophomore is leading the Lobos offensively. Ryanne Hodgins leads the team in at bats (152), hits (50), triples (3) and stolen bases (6-7). Hodgins is one of five Lobos to start in all 43 games this year and is tied for the team-high in runs scored with 20. What is even more impressive about Hodgins' numbers is that she has more runs scored (15), hits (38), doubles (1), triples (3), and RBI (6) than she had all of last year through 54 games and 157 at bats.

ROCKY ROAD: New Mexico has been extremely unlucky on the road this year. They are 0-12 at opponents parks and 3-10 when playing at a neutral site. Last year, the Lobos were 7-18 on the road and 14-10 at neutral sites. Head coach Kim Newbern is now 13-40 on the road in her career at UNM and is 28-40-1 at neutral sites.

LOVIN' LOBO FIELD: The Lobos love playing at home. Not only are they getting a brand new clubhouse with attaching dugouts, they are also 11-7 at Lobo Field this year. At one point, New Mexico had won five consecutive at home, which saw three shutouts over that span with 28 of 29 scoreless innings dished out by the Lobos.

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT: The Lobos have tinkered with their offensive and defensive lineup but a few have always remained the same. In all 43 games, junior Cassie Chavez has always batted fourth and started at third base. Senior Ashley Shartzer has started all 43 games at first base while sophomores Amy Ray and Ryanne Hodgins have always been in center and right field, respectively.

CHAVEZ CARVING OUT A LEGACY: Junior Cassie Chavez still has one year of eligibility left yet she has already placed herself in six major categories in the New Mexico career recordbook. She is currently third in home runs with 19, trailing second place by seven. In highest slugging percentage, Chavez is fifth with .483 and trails first place by 0.055 points. She is tied for fifth in most times hit by a pitch with eight and in most assists (341). Chavez is tied seventh in most double plays turned (9) and is tied for eighth in most doubles hit with 27. She is just four RBI away from making the top-10 in most RBI, currently having 68. Chavez is seven bases away from the top-10 for total bases and nine runs off of 10th in most runs scored. Chavez has 219 career total bases and 76 runs scored.

SENSATIONAL CAREER FOR SHARTZER: Senior Ashley Shartzer is wrapping up her career in the cherry and silver as arguably the best defensive player in the program's history. Shartzer holds the career records for most chances (1,215), most putouts (1,088) and most double playes turned with 40, which is at least 21 more that any other Lobo. Shartzer also holds the eighth best fielding percentage at .983 percent (1,088-106-21). This season she placed herself on the seasonal list for most chances, currently fourth with 409. Shartzer is also on the list for most chances, sitting third after having 500 chances. Shartzer is currently fourth this year for most putouts in a season with 383. She made the list last year, taking over third with 462 putouts. Shartzer is also sixth this season with 11 double plays turned and is on the list two other times, occupying second and third after turning 15 double plays in 2004 and 14 doubles plays in 2003.

PERKINS PROVING PHENOMENAL: Senior Ashley Perkins has proved she is one of the best pitchers to play at New Mexico. Having only competed for two years after transferring in from Washburn University, Perkins has placed her name in 11 different career records lists including setting two new program bests. Perkins currently holds the lowest opponent batting average at .234 and averages the most strikeouts per seven inning game at 6.02, which is .35 better than any other pitcher in the program's 27-year history. This season, Perkins is averaging 6.50 strikeouts per game and is fifth this season for the lowest opponent batting average at .252 and set the record last year with a .215 avg.

CONTINUING THE COACHING TRADITION: When she retired, it was made known that Susan Craig was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I softball. Craig racked up 672 wins between 1977, when she got the program started, and 2002. She sits 28th all time and has a win percentage of .534.

What may not be known is that current head coach Kim Newbern is well on her way to exceeding her predecessor. Newbern, who took over for Craig following the 2002 season, had 264 career wins after a six-year stint at Washburn and her first two years at New Mexico. With a .590 win percentage, she currently ranks seventh among Div. I coaches who have coached for at least five years but less than that at a Division I institution.

JUST OFF THE NATION'S BEST: As a team, the Lobos are extremely close to placing on the NCAA radar in five categories. The team is the closest to making the NCAA's top-50 for most doubles plays turned per game. Currently, UNM is averaging .32 DPs per game, needing to raise its percentage just .02 points to make the list. The Lobos' are just shy of making the top-50 for doubles and triples per game. They are averaging 1.22 doubles per game and .11 triples per game, needing to raise their averages by .14 and .13 points, respectively. UNM is also just shy of the top-30 in fielding percentage. The Lobos hold a .958 fielding percentage, just .012 off the list.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS: Senior Ashley Perkins and sophomore Ryanne Hodgins both excel off the field as well as on it. Both have been nominated for CoSIDA's Academic All-America, for maintaining at least a 3.2 GPA. Perkins is majoring in Marketing while minoring in Journalism/Mass Communications while Hodgins in a Journalism/Mass Communications major and Spanish minor.