New Mexico Softball – Mountain West Series – at San José State
Who: New Mexico (11-25, 2-7 MW) at San José State (21-15, 4-2 MW)
When (MT): 4 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico softball team is coming off a 1-2 weekend against Fresno State with the lone victory on Friday, an 11-9 eight-inning thriller. Jordan Sjostrand knocked in the winning run with a ground-rule double to right field.
The Lobos are 11-25 on the season and 2-7 in the Mountain West. They are looking for their first conference series win this weekend against San José State. UNM is hitting .272 on the season with a .406 slugging percentage and a .349 on-base percentage.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT… San José State is 21-15 on the season and is third in the Mountain West with a 4-2 record. Last weekend, they claimed a series win over Utah State, winning the first two games 9-0 and 12-4. They suffered a 16-8 loss in the final game of the series. Jessie Hufstetler, who leads the conference in many statistical categories, is leading the team with a .466 batting average. She has tallied 48 hits, two triples, two home runs and 68 RBIs. She owns a .660 slugging percentage and a .591 on-base percentage. In the circle, the Spartans have thrown Allizon Lang the most, who has the lowest ERA on the team at 3.02. She is 7-4 with 38 strikeouts in 81.0 innings pitched. The Lobos will most likely face Katelyn Linford and Madison Fish. Linford is 8-9 and has collected a team-high 47 strikeouts in 82.1 innings. Fish is 5-1 on the season with a 4.54 ERA. In 49.1 innings, she has collected 28 strikeouts.
COMING UP CLUTCH…Jordan Sjostrand came up clutch for the Lobos on Friday, knocking in the winning run to beat Fresno State 11-9 in the eighth inning. WIth just one out, Sjostrand hit a ball to right field that hit close to the foul line and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double that scored two runs for the victory. The Lobos would of won on that play even if the ball was caught by the right fielder. Fresno State’s right fielder actually let the ball drop just in case that is was foul. If she would of caught it, the Lobos would of tagged up on the ball and scored on the sacrifice fly.
Sjostrand batted five times in the game against Fresno State on Friday which is the highest which is the most she has batted in a game in her career. She is hitting .294 on the season with 25 hits in 89 at-bats, five doubles and 13 RBIs. In conference play, she is hitting .222 with six hits in 27 at-bats, two doubles and three RBIs.
EXTRA INNINGS…On Friday against Fresno State, the Lobos went in to extra inning for the first time this season and they came out on top 11-9 in the eighth inning. Jordan Sjostrand hit a ball to right field that drop in fair territory and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.
ANAYA OUT FOR THE SEASON AGAIN…For the second season in a row, Chelsea Anaya is done for the remainder of the 2014 season. Last week in practice, she took a ground ball off her right collarbone. She had an at-bat in Friday’s game against Fresno State and after that she is out for the season with a broken collarbone.
Last season, she broke her left collarbone after colliding with Lobos’ right fielder Cassandra Kalapsa during the bottom of the fourth inning against Yale on March 10, 2013.
Anaya will finish her career with a .313 batting average and is in the top-10 of all-time in many categories. She is seventh in runs (100), tied for seventh in home runs (19), triples (8), double plays turned (21). She is ninth in RBIs (91) and 10th in slugging percentage (.500) and total bases (249).
In 2012, she was fourth on the single-season list in runs (46) and eighth in home runs (9). She led the Lobos in 2013 with a .367 batting average and was Player of the Week for the Mountain West on Feb. 24, 2013.
Anaya was selected to the All-Mountain West team in 2012 and also on the Academic All-Conference list for 2011-12.
FIRST INNING POWER…Against Fresno State, Naomi Tellez and Jasmine Casados both went yard in the 11-9 extra-inning win on Friday. Both home runs came in the first inning. With runners on first and second, Tellez blasted one over the right field fence to take a 3-0 lead. After a hit-by-pitch, Casados also blast one over the right field wall to take a 5-0 lead in the first inning over the Bulldogs.