April 16, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball continues Mountain West Conference action this weekend when No. 22 San Diego State and UNLV come to town. The Lobos battle the nationally-ranked Aztecs Friday in a doubleheader slated for 5 p.m. UNM concludes the weekend with single games against the Rebels Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Lobos are 20-14 overall and are currently second in the MWC standings with a 4-2 record.
New Mexico has won four of its last five games including a two-game sweep of Colorado State last weekend. The Lobos have matched their win total from 2007 and 15 games remaining on the schedule heading into Friday's doubleheader with SDSU.
Senior Lindsey Elcess leads the team with a .372 batting average and has a team-leading nine home runs. Elcess has 25 RBI this season and scored 20 runs to go along with six doubles. Freshman Gabriella Parra is hitting .333 and sophomore Sara Loeffelholz has a .327 batting average.
Senior Kelly Ninemire is the ace of the pitching staff and has a 13-9 overall record. Ninemire reached the 100-strikeout milestone last weekend against CSU and has 101 strikeouts this season. The Prosper, Texas native, has thrown 124 2/3 innings appearing in 28 games and making 24 starts. Freshman Madelyn Machac has emerged as the No. 2 pitcher and has a 4-2 record.
The Aztecs enter Friday's doubleheader with a 30-13 overall mark and are currently ranked No. 22/24. However, SDSU is 0-1 on the road with its only true road game at No. 1 Arizona State. The Aztecs have dropped their last three games and are hitting .266 as a team. SDSU has two hitters batting over .300 including Tonye McCorkle who leads the team with a .329 average and three triples.
SDSU has primarily used three pitchers including Christina Ross. Ross, who is one of the top pitchers in the MWC, has a 19-10 record with a 0.96 ERA. She has pitched 196 2/3 innings making 24 starters and 34 appearances.
New Mexico concludes the weekend with UNLV Saturday and Sunday. The Rebels play Colorado State Friday in a doubleheader before traveling to Albuquerque Saturday morning. UNLV is 21-27-1 heading into the weekend and is led by Jaci Hull. Hull is the only Rebel batting over .300 and has a team-leading 11 homers. Stephanie Bregante has been their ace this season and has a 12-13 record.
The Lobos trail in both series with SDSU and UNLV. The Aztecs hold a 26-41 series advantage but UNM won three of four games last year. The Rebels lead the series 25-22 but split four games in 2007.
The games will be available on gametracker and live video via all-access on www.GoLobos.com.