April 19, 2006
FINAL HOME GAMES
The Lobos wrap-up their 2006 home season this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against UNLV and San Diego State at Lobo Field. UNM (21-21, 2-8 MWC) looks to break out of a fifth place tie in the Mountain West Conference standings against the Rebels (17-30, 2-8 MWC) on Friday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.). New Mexico then faces the league-leading Aztecs (23-8, 8-0 MWC) on Sunday, April 23, at noon (M.D.T.).
The Lobos split a doubleheader against UNLV in Las Vegas earlier in the year, winning the first game, 1-0, on a one-hit shutout by senior Katie Gregg. UNLV won the second contest 4-2.
New Mexico's three seniors - Cassie Chavez, Katie Gregg and Kristina Schmallen - will be honored prior to Sunday's game against San Diego State. UNM dropped both games against SDSU earlier in the season, 4-1 and 6-5. Sunday is also Youth Day at Lobo Field with all youth tickets available for $1. The first 200 fans on Sunday will receive a free Lobo foam bat. Following Sunday's game, the Lobo Softball team, along with the MVP Baseball/Softball Academy, will offer a free clinic to little league teams in attendance. For more information on the free clinic, call (505) 925-5613.
Both doubleheaders this weekend are sponsored by the MVP Baseball/Softball Academy. For more information on the MVP Baseball/Softball Academy visit www.mvpabq.com.
UNLV Rebels (17-30, 2-8 MWC)
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Lonni Alameda
Record at UNLV: 86-84 (3rd Year)
Career Record: same
2005 Conference Record: 17-3 (2nd)v All-Time vs. UNLV: 20-20
2005 vs. UNLV: 1-3
Last Time: Lobos split a DH at UNLV on 4/9 - W 1-0, L 4-2
Top Hitter: So. P/1B Shannon Crisp - .318, 5 HR, 21 RBIs
Top Pitcher: Christi Robinson - 5-10, 3.20 ERA, 88 Ks
Notes: Senior Katie Gregg pitched a one-hit shutout in the first game of a doubleheader against UNLV on April 9, earning MWC Pitcher of the Week honors. The Rebels bounced back in the second game, winning 4-2.
Web Site: www.UNLVRebels.com
San Diego State Aztecs (23-8, 8-0 MWC)
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Kathy Van Wyk
Record at SDSU: 321-245-1 (10th Year)
Career Record: same
2005 Conference Record: 4-16 (6th)
All-Time vs. SDSU: 23-38
2005 vs. SDSU: 4-1
Last Time: SDSU swept a DH in San Diego - 4-1 & 6-5 - on 4/7
Top Hitter: So. C Megan McDonald - .388, 4 HR, 21 RBIs
Top Pitcher: So. Christina Ross - 10-5, 0.97 ERA, 67 Ks
Notes: The Aztecs are undefeated in conference play with an 8-0 record and swept the Lobos in a doubleheader earlier in the season. The Lobos carried a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh in game two, but San Diego State scored four runs to earn the win.
Web Site: www.GoAztecs.com
Chavez is the only four-year letterwinner on the team, coming to UNM in 2002 from Carlsbad, N.M. The former All-MWC performer and 20005 team MVP is currently third in all-time home runs at UNM with 23. Her 108 career runs is second on the Lobos all-time list while her 96 RBIs rank fourth. She is also in the top-10 in career hits, doubles and slugging %. A four-year starter at third base, Chavez is New Mexico's all-time leader in assists with 453.
Gregg transferred to UNM from Washburn prior to her junior season and went 8-6 on the mound in 2005. This year, the Overland Park, Kan., native has an impressive 11-6 record and is tied for fourth in the MWC in wins. Her 75 strikeouts are seventh in the MWC and she is fifth in the league with over 118 innings pitched in 2006. Twice this season, Gregg has earned MWC Pitcher of the Week honors, including being recognized after tossing a one-hit shutout at UNLV on April 9.
Schmallen is a second year player from Phoenix, Ariz., who transferred to UNM from Pima CC prior to her junior year. The 2005 All-MWC performer is have one of the best offensive seasons in school history. Her 12 home runs is one shy of the single-season school record while her .742 slugging % is the highest ever in a season at UNM. She has batted in 48 runs, six away from the Lobos' season record. In the field, Schmallen has turned 15 double-plays, the third most in a year at UNM. She is teid for 23 in the NCAA in home runs and is seventh in the nation in RBIs per game.
NEW MEXICO AT .500
With a 21-21 overall record, the Lobos own a winning percentage of .500 and are in sixth place in the conference standings. This is the latest in the season UNM has at least a .500 record since 2004. The Lobos never reached .500 last season.
The Lobos dropped two games against BYU, but split a doubleheader with Utah last weekend. The win against Utah was the second MWC victory of the season. UNM was down 9-0 in the second game against BYU before storming back to take a 10-9 lead in the sixth. However, BYU tacked on two runs in the seven to take the win.
Thursday April 13 BYU L, 11-1 (5) - L, 12-10
Sunday April 16 Utah W, 5-2 - L, 5-2
GREGG SHUTS DOWN UNLV
Senior Katie Gregg pitched a gem in the Lobos' 1-0 win over UNLV on April 9. The right-hander from Overland Park, Kan., struck out seven batters while tossing a one-hit shutout against the Rebels. It was her seventh complete game of the year and the second time she has blanked an opponent. It was also the fewest hits allowed in a game by the Lobos this season. For her efforts, Gregg was named the MWC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.
SCHMALLEN IN THE RANKINGS
Senior Kristina Schmallen has 12 homers on the season and is currently tied for 23rd in the nation. The 48 runs she has driven home in 42 games puts her in seventh place in the NCAA with 1.14 RBIs/game. She is second in the MWC in HRs, two off the pace set by BYU's Ianeta Le'i. Schmallen is also second in the league in slugging % (.742) and RBIs (48), trailing Le'i who has a .785 slugging % and 55 RBIs, in both categories. Last week she went 6-10 with three HRs and 10 RBIs in four games against BYU and Utah.
CLOSING IN ON SEASON RECORDS
Senior Kristina Schmallen and sophomore Lindsey Elcess are closing in on some impressive Lobo single season records. They hold a slugging percentage of .742 and .669, respectively, which are the first and fourth highest marks in school history.
Schmallen's 12 homers this season currently puts her in a tie for second with Kathy Moore (2000) on UNM's single season list. One more HR will move her into a tie for first place with Danielle Cassara (1999).
Schmallen is also moving up the season RBI charts. She has driven in 48 runs in 2006, putting her at No. 3 in the single season record books. She needs three more to catch Danielle Cassara (2000) for second place. Cassara set the Lobo season record for RBIs with 54 in 1999. Elcess is not too far behind on the list. Her 36 RBIs are the fifth most in a season by a Lobo.
NEWBERN GETS 300TH WIN
Head coach Kim Newbern earned the 300th win of her career with a 1-0 victory at UNLV last weekend. She has a 92-127-1 record in over three years at UNM. She posted a 209-111 mark in six years at Washburn, giving her a career line of 301-238-1.
MWC WEEKLY HONORS
Five different Lobos have been honored as either MWC Player or Pitcher of the Week so far this season. UNM swept the weekly honors on two occasions, March 13 and March 27. Here is a list of the Lobos' Players and Pitchers of the Week.
Player of the Week
3/13 Freshman Analise Rubalcava
3/20 Senior Cassie Chavez
3/27 Senior Kristina Schmallen
Pitcher of the Week
3/13 Junior Caley Peterson
3/27 Senior Katie Gregg
4/11 Senior Katie Gregg
LEADERS OF THE HITTING PACK
New Mexico has definitely staked its claim as one of the top offensive teams in the conference. The Lobos are currently second in the MWC in runs (217), hit (346) and RBIs (217). New Mexico leads the league in doubles (65) and ranks third in batting (.308), slugging % (.463) and home runs (31).
CAN'T HOLD US DOWN
The Lobos have not been held scoreless once so far this season. New Mexico has scored at least one run in all 42 games played, including scoring on top-ranked Arizona and Stanford in its first weekend of competition. The last time New Mexico was held scoreless was in the May 12 conference
UNM will hit the road next week for doubleheaders at Utah and BYU. The Lobos take on the Utes on Friday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) in Salt Lake City, Utah. New Mexico faces BYU on Saturday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) in Provo, Utah.
A LOOK BACK ON THE 13-GAME WINNING STREAK
New Mexico posted an impressive 13-game winning streak from Feb. 25 against Northern Colorado until March 19 in a 4-2 loss to Texas Tech. The winning streak was the third longest in UNM history and by far the longest under head coach Kim Newbern.
LOBO FIELD RECEIVES NEW ADDITIONS FOR 2006
When at Lobo Field this March, fans will notice a brand new facility connected to the Lobos' dugout. The renovation project was completed in the fall of 2005, just in time for New Mexico's 2006 season. The facility houses the Lobos' locker room, coaches' offices, and indoor batting cages. Both dugouts also received major overhauls for the first time, including construction to make each sit below ground level. New bull pens were constructed for New Mexico as well, sitting just past the home dugout down the third base line.
Lobo field now has a more completed look with the new additions and renovations. Fans, make sure to get your tickets to see the Lobo softball team in action this month. For more ticket information, call 925-LOBO.