WHO: New Mexico (16-33, 7-14 MW) at Boise State (27-19, 11-7)
WHEN: Friday, May 2nd, 3 p.m. MT; Saturday, May 3rd, 3 p.m. MT; Sunday, May 4th, 1 p.m. MT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico will be on the road for its final games of the season, a three-game conference series with Boise State this weekend. They will look to end on a high note and send the seniors off with something to look to.
The Lobos are 16-33 on the season and 7-14 in the Mountain West. The Lobos moved into seventh place in the conference after their first series win of the season over Utah State last weekend. With a sweep or series win against Boise State, the Lobos could potentially move in to sixth place, depending on how San Jose State finishes out.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT… Boise State is 27-19 on the season and is tied for second in the Mountain West with San Diego State and Colorado State with an 11-7 record. It is hitting .296 for the season and .319 in conferece play. For the season in the circle, the Broncos have a 4.25 earned run average. In league action, the ERA is 3.66.
Mackenzie Whyte is leading the Broncos with a .375 batting average. Tara Glover is second on the team, hitting .354 for the season. Glover is leading the Broncos in Mountain West play with a .385 average. She has five doubles, one triple, one home run and 14 RBIs in conference action. She leads the team in stolen bases with 30 on the season. In the circle, Rebecca Patton is leading the squad with a 3.11 ERA. She has made the most appearances with 37 and has allowed 120 runs in 207.1 innings pitched with 113 strikeouts.
LAST SEASON VS. BOISE STATE… In last season’s matchup with the Broncos, the Lobos won its first Mountain West series since 2011. They defeated Boise State 7-6 in the first game of the series and came back in the second to win 6-5. The Lobos lost the final game 13-0 in five innings. This season, the Lobos won their first conference series last weekend against Utah State and are looking to take it’s second series this weekend.
SENIOR DAY: FIRST SERIES WIN OF THE SEASON… The Lobos recognized their three seniors and ended on a high note with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Utah State for their first conference series win of the season. Chelsea Anaya, Ally Hakeem and Jordan Sjostrand were all in the starting lineup. The first inning was rather emotional for the seniors as Anaya saw the first pitch of the game and came off the field due to her season-ending injury. Hugs from her teammates and coaches were waiting for her as she walked off the field and into the dugout as well as a standing ovation from the crowd. Hakeem recorded her first hit of the season and scored a run for New Mexico. Sjostrand laid down a squeez bunt and scored Rimmer for an RBI.
#23 NAOMI TELLEZ… Naomi Tellez went 10-for-19 at the plate over the Lobos’ last six conference games. She was perfect in the final game against Colorado State, going 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. In the first game against Utah State, Tellez was perfect again in three at-bats. She collected a season-high of six RBIs and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. She blasted another home run in the second game against Utah State which is her seventh on the season and her 12th career home run. Tellez boosted her batting average from a .364 in the UNLV series to a .388 after the Utah State series and the loss against New Mexico State on Tuesday.
#7 WILLOW KALINEN… Willow Kalinen has made a huge impact in the Lobos’ lineup over the past three conference series. She is hitting .426 for the season which leads the Lobos. Over the Utah State series, she had two 3-for-4 efforts in the first and second games against Utah State. She scored twice in game one and collected four RBIs and scored three times in the second game. Kalinen has 29 hits in 29 games played.
#4 Brandi Heimburg… Brandi Heimburg led the team over the Utah State series. She went 7-for-11 (.636) at the plate with three RBIs and a .692 on-base percentage. She also scored seven of the Lobos’ 37 runs. She is now hitting .385 for the season.
TOUGHEST TO STRIKEOUT… Of all the Division I hitters in the nation, Brandi Heimburg ranks 36th as one of the toughest batters to strike out. Heimburg has struck out just six times this season and has been a threat as the Lobos’ leadoff hitter since Chelsea Anaya became unable to play the rest of the season. She is second on the team with nine doules.