Saturday's game was all about UNM's departing seniors
The two teams resume the three-game MW series at 6 p.m., Saturday at Lobo Field
Lobo senior hurler says she'll have a hard time stepping away from the game she loves
The Aztecs were picked to win the 2013 MW title and have a team strong at the plate and power in the circle
The Lobos have won six of their past seven games, including a 10-9 win over NMSU Tuesday night
The Lobos dropped a 10-5 decision to CSU on May 11, 2013 for its final game of the season. UNM honored seven players following the game.
The Lobos swept UTEP at home on April 24
Photos from the final contest of a three-game series at home against Mountain West foe Nevada on April 21
The Lobos and Aggies met for the third time this season (first in ABQ) on March 19. NMSU took the 2-0 win.
The Lobo softball squad faced IPFW and Central Michigan in its final day of the Lobo Classic on Feb. 17
Christi Musser joined the Lobo softball program during the summer of 2010. Musser works directly with Lobo outfielders, instructs on slapping and assists with hitting. During games, Musser coaches third base. She also handles travel for UNM softball, assists with camps and is the huddle coordinator of UNM's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes restarted in fall 2011.
Musser spent 12 seasons with the Kansas softball program, having spent the last decade-plus as a player or coach for the Jayhawks. Musser spent the last eight years as an assistant coach at KU, beginning in 2003 after a successful four-year playing career.
Musser worked with the KU outfielders and helped develop the players' slapping and short game. She was also in charge of game day defensive strategy and served as Kansas' recruiting coordinator.
Musser, who is a three-star master coach as recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Conference coaching program, helped KU outfielder Dougie McCaulley earn her second consecutive All-Big 12 Team appointment in 2009. McCaulley was also a 2008 Midwest All-Region Second Team selection. In 2005, Heather Stanley, another outfielder for Kansas, was named All-Big 12 First Team.
While playing under former KU coach Tracy Bunge from 1999-2002, Musser earned All-America honors in 2002 as an outfielder. As a senior, Musser batted .354 with 35 runs, 30 RBI and nine home runs (ninth-highest home run season total in school history). In addition to being the first KU All-American since 1994, Musser was named to the 2002 All-Region and All-Big 12 teams.
A four-time All-Big 12 selection, she ranks in the top five in three offensive single-season categories at Kansas, including the third-best slugging percentage (.598). During the summers of her college career, Musser played three seasons in the Women's Major for the Arizona Storm, winning a national championship in 1999 and finishing as a runner-up in 2000.
Musser graduated from Kansas in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in sports management.
"Christi is one of the best outfield coaches I know," Beach said in summer 2010. "She was taught by some of the best and as a player was one of the best. She was a talented hitter and slapper. I look forward to seeing her bring that passion to the Lobos."