Lobos To Meet New Mexico State For Doubleheader On Tuesday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/20/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 20, 2006

After just traveling back home from a Las Vegas, Nev. tournament last weekend, the Lobo softball team (1-9) will do a quick turnaround this week to travel to Las Cruces, N.M., Tuesday, Feb. 21, for a one-day doubleheader against in-state rival New Mexico State (9-4). First game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. (MT).

The Aggies are currently 9-4 on the season, including 6-2 at home and 3-2 in neutral match ups. Mailei Hilva (.263) has been doing most of the home run hitting for the Aggies as she currently leads the team with four and also leads the team with 13 RBIs. Ashley Roszkos (.350) also has two home runs and is second on the team with 11 RBIs.

Sarah Seagraves has been New Mexico State's go-to pitcher. She is currently 7-2 with a 1.93 ERA. Seagraves has notched 78 strikeouts in the 58 innings she has pitched this season.

In the all-time series with New Mexico State, New Mexico leads 77-44. Under head coach Kim Newbern, the Lobos hold a 12-3 record against the Aggies. In Newbern's first two years, the Lobos won nine straight against their in-state rival. The win streak was broken last season (Newbern's third year) when NMSU pulled out a 3-1 victory on Feb. 18, 2005. New Mexico went on to win three more over New Mexico State that same season, while New Mexico State won two more.

Last weekend the Lobos participated in their second away tournament of the season as they traveled to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. New Mexico went 1-4 on the weekend with the one win coming against Hawaii. The Lobos fell in tough games against Purdue, Central Michigan, UTEP and Cal Poly. In the 7-3 victory over Hawaii, New Mexico freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall captured her first career win. The rookie hurler held the Rainbow Wahine to three runs on just five hits over seven innings of work. Power hitters Kristina Schmallen and Lindsey Elcess each went 2-for-3 in the game with Elcess hitting a huge three-run homer in the third inning.

Senior second baseman Kristina Schmallen continued her hot streak of hitting in last weekend's tournament, adding two more home runs to her stats. She currently leads the team with five home runs in 10 games and holds a .429 BA. Schmallen also leads with 13 RBIs, three doubles and boasts a 1.071 slugging percentage.

In the Mountain West Conference batting standings, Schmallen is in third place, just behind Colorado State's Jessica Strickland, who has a .472 average with six home runs and 17 RBIs and Lauren Cusick who is batting a .469.

Schmallen has already gone above her home runs collected in her first year with New Mexico in 2005 as she had two recorded in the final stats.

With five home runs already this season, Schmallen just needs two more to break into the top 10 for most home runs in a single season at New Mexico. Former Lobo Danielle Cassra currently holds the record with 13 in 1999.

BYU currently leads the conference with a 7-2 (.778) record with San Diego State following with 5-2 (.714). Colorado State sits in the third spot this week with a 7-4 (.636). record and UNLV is in fourth at 6-5 (.545). Utah is in fifth place at 4-5 (.444) while New Mexico is in sixth with its 1-9 (.100) record.

After its doubleheader with New Mexico State on Tuesday, New Mexico is back on the road Friday, Feb. 24 for the UTEP tournament in El Paso, Texas (Feb. 24-26). The Lobos face San Jose State, New Mexico State again, Northern Colorado and host UTEP for their last non-conference away tournament of the season. More information on this weekend's tournament will be available at www.golobos.com on Wednesday. UTEP will also provide a tournament link on its web site at www.utepathletics.com. Box scores and post-game notes for every game played at the tournament this week will be posted on the UTEP softball page.