April 24, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball travels to Fort Collins, Colo., this weekend to battle Colorado State in a two-game set. The first game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. before the finale Sunday at the same time. New Mexico is 21-18 overall and 4-6 in the Mountain West Conference. The Rams are 23-18 on the season and 3-7 in league play. UNM won its last game against New Mexico State while CSU dropped two games last weekend against nationally-ranked San Diego State. Both games in Colorado will be on gametracker. UNM finishes the road trip at Texas Tech on Monday with a twin bill starting at 1 p.m. CT.
Senior Lindsey Elcess continues to lead UNM at the plate with a .376 batting average. Elcess has a team-leading nine home runs and eight doubles to go along with 28 RBI. Freshman Gabriella Parra has been productive at the plate hitting .343 with 31 RBI and seven doubles. Kelly Ninemire continues to lead the way in the circle with a 14-12 record and a 3.70 ERA.
CSU is 5-3 at home this season and have hit 54 home runs as a team. Lauren Cusick leads the Rams with a .404 batting average with 16 home runs, 15 doubles and 33 RBI. Cusick recently became the CSU all-time home run champion against SDSU last weekend with her 34th career bomb. CSU has used four pitchers but has primarily relied on Kim Klabough (8-9) and Cayte Billman (7-5).
The Lobos swept CSU earlier this season in a two-game set in Albuquerque on April 12-13. With the victories, UNM now leads the all-time series 43-42.
UNM faces Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Monday, April 28. The first game is set for 1 p.m. CT at Rocky Johnson Field. Texas Tech is 17-32 this season and hitting .244 as a team. UNM won the only previous meeting with the Red Raiders this season, 8-4, in Albuquerque. TTU will be the final non-conference opponent UNM will play this season. The Lobos are 17-12 in non-MWC games and lead the series with the Red Raiders, 30-15.
Every game at CSU and TTU will be available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.