Jan. 2, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico softball team is currently working out and preparing for the 2009 season. The Lobos enter Ty Singleton's third year and have a wealth of new talent on the roster. UNM returns five starters including two all-conference selections. New Mexico will play one of the toughest schedules in the country this spring after facing nine NCAA qualifiers and the reigning national champions. The Lobos kick off the season on Feb. 6-8 with a three-game series with Syracuse in Albuquerque.
A sense of excitement surrounds the clubhouse at UNM heading into the spring. The Lobos will break camp in preparation for the upcoming season on Jan. 8. Head Coach Ty Singleton enters his third year at New Mexico and continues to build the Lobo softball program into a national contender.
This season, UNM has undergone multiple roster changes and has should have a much improved offense and defense. Offensively, the Lobos have the potential to score runs in bunches. The lineup will have a great mixture of speed and power that will allow UNM to be aggressive and produce runs. The Lobos hit .261 as a team last year with 37 home runs and 191 RBIs.
Defensively, New Mexico will have a lot a new faces but have increased the overall talent. Senior Samantha Hughes will highlight the outfield while junior Katie Gilmore and sophomore Tianna George are back on the infield. Junior Erin Brandow is back behind the plate and senior Analise Rubalcava could be used in a variety of position including pitcher and third.
UNM breaks camp with two pitching options in Rubalcava and true-freshman Danielle Castro. Castro, who made major strides late in the fall, will be given an opportunity to adjust to the Division I level while competing as a starter. Rubalcava, who has started the last three years at third, has emerged as a pitcher and will see time in the circle.
Lobo Field enters its first full season after being remodeled last year. The facility received a much need facelift last season adding bleachers behind the outfield walls and a complete field renovation. The facility is top quality and one of the premiere ballparks to watch Division I softball.
This season, UNM will play a total of 50 games including 23 inside the friendly confines of Lobo Field. The Lobos will host the New Mexico Invitational for the second straight season. UNM will host quality opponents this season including Syracuse, Wisconsin, Drake, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Texas State and all the Mountain West Conference foes.