ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico softball team have won seven of its last nine games and are looking to continue that hot streak at the Cowgirl Classic this weekend with Oklahoma State and No. 14/16 South Alabama.
SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS: The Lobos will start the Cowgirl Classic off with a doubleheader against Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls own the all-time series with New Mexico, leading 19-7. In the last meeting, Oklahoma State took both games, 11-0 in five innings and 6-1. The Cowgirls are 15-8 on the season and 3-3 on their home field. Shelby Davis is leading the team with a .412 batting average. Danielle Riddle is second with a .358 average. Simone Freeman will most likely take the circle for one of the two games. She owns a 1.33 earned run average with an 11-3 record in 17 appearances. In 95 innings pitched, she has tallied 139 strikeouts, 23 runs, 51 hits and 31 walks.
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS: The Lobos game on Saturday will be a single game against South Alabama. South Alabama is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll and is the Lobos sixth ranked opponent this season. This is the first match up between South Alabama and New Mexico. The Jaguars are 19-3 on the season. Stephanie Pilkington is leading the squad with a .357 batting average with five doubles, three triples and 12 RBIs. Farish Beard is leading the Jaguars in the circle with a 12-1 record and a 0.41 earned run average. In 69.1 innings, Beard has tallied 118 strikeouts, 20 hits, seven runs and 11 walks.
LOBOS SPLIT WITH UTEP: In a midweek doubleheader with UTEP, the Lobos were behind early in both games. In game one, the Lobos were behind 4-0 and tried to make a comeback. The Lobos put up two runs in the third and two in the fourth to tie the game 4-4. UTEP scored one in the fifth and the Lobos match it again, 5-5. The Miners scored two in the sixth and the Lobos tried to match them again but one run wasn’t enough, suffering a 7-6 loss, their first one run loss of the season. In the second game, the Lobos were behind 4-0 again, but a five-run fourth inning helped the Lobos take the lead. UTEP came back with a run to tie the game in the sixth, but the Lobos put up another four runs to take the lead for good and claim a 9-6 win. With the split, the Lobos have won the last seven of their nine games. They are hitting .295 on the season wtih 29 doubles, 6 triples, 14 home runs and 88 RBIs.
CASADOS DOES IT AGAIN: For the second week in a row, Jasmine Casados earned Mountain West Player of the Week. At the Lobo Classic, a three-game series against Detroit, she hit .857 (6-for-7), only striking out once on the weekend. She owned a 1.875 slugging percentage and a .900 on-base percentage. She tallied two doubles, a triple, a home run, seven RBIs, three runs scored and was walked three times. Casados went 2-for-2 and scored the winning run in the 6-5 decision on Friday and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. She tied the game at 5-5 with a two-RBI triple in the seventh. In the second game on Saturday, she went 3-for-3 with a two-run bomb, her third on the season, in the third inning to put the Lobos ahead 6-3.
QUICK FEET DOWN THE LINE: In the second game of the doubleheader against UTEP, Shelbie Franc led the squad, going 3-for-4 at the plate with one run scored. Her three hits is the most she has tallied in a single game this season. In the first inning, she singled up the middle with one out. In the fourth inning, she slapped a slow roller to the pitcher for a base hit. Her final hit was a perfectly placed bunt that allowed her to get down the line quick and safely. Franc is now leading the squad with a .380 batting average. She is 19-for-50 at the plate and fourth on the squad in scored runs with 10. She owns a .426 on-base percentage which is second on the team.