Lobos Open with Utes at MWC Softball Championship
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/08/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 8, 2006

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos (23-29, 4-16 MWC) will head to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Eller Media Stadium for the MWC Softball Championship this weekend. UNM earned the sixth seed and will open against the third seed Utah Utes (34-19, 10-8 MWC) on Thursday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m. (MDT). If the Lobos defeat Utah, they will play BYU on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. (MDT), but if they fall to Utah they will play Friday at 12:30 p.m. (MDT) against an undetermined opponent.

New Mexico split both doubleheaders this season against Utah. The good news for the Lobos is that they took game one in both series against the Utes. The scores in the two meetings were at UNM (W, 5-2, L, 5-2) and at Utah (W, 7-3, L, 8-5).

All games will be available via GameTracker on www.GoLobos.com. or at the MWC website at www.themwc.com

UNM AT THE MWC CHAMPIONSHIP: New Mexico has a record of 7-10 at the MWC Softball Championship and are just 3-5 under current coach Kim Newbern. The Lobos are 4-2 in first round games and are 1-1 against Utah in the first round. UNM overall is 1-2 against Utah at the championship and opened last year's tournament with a 1-0 loss to Utah.

WEEKEND REWIND: The University of New Mexico scored two runs in the final two innings to rally for 3-2 victory over Colorado State in game one of a doubleheader in the final Mountain West Conference games for both teams. New Mexico (23-28, 4-15 MWC) received a complete game victory from freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall in the first game, but was unable to dig itself out of an early hole in a 6-1 loss to CSU (26-24, 6-14 MWC) in game two.

SCHMALLEN IN THE RANKINGS: Senior Kristina Schmallen has 12 homers on the season and is currently just outside of the top-50 in the nation. The 51 runs she has driven home in 52 games puts her in xx place in the NCAA with 0.98 RBI/game. She is tied for third in the MWC in HRs, eight off the pace set by BYU's Ianeta Le'i. Schmallen is also third in the league in slugging % (.691) and tied for second in RBI (51).