Future Lobo Among ESPN's Top 100 Recruits
Aug. 16, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - There's no doubt 2012 was a breakthrough season for New Mexico softball. The Lobos made their way into the USAToday/National Fastpitch Coaches Association top-25 poll for the first time since May 12, 1999, were ranked No. 1 in the nation for home runs the entire season (finishing with 95) and recorded the program's first winning season since 2001.
Head coach Erica Beach and her staff aspire to build off last season's success and know that incoming freshmen will play an important role in doing so.
Among the six new faces joining the Lobos' roster is the 44th-ranked recruit of ESPN's Top 100 Softball Recruits for 2012.
Mariah Rimmer of Riverside, Calif. ranks in the top half of the 100 best up and coming Div. I softball players. She is No. 8 on ESPN's Top 100 Outfielders list.
Rimmer is a three-year letterwinner in softball and graduated last spring from Arlington High School.
The future Lobo was named first team All-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Div. II, and second team All-Inland Valley Softball team, Press Enterprise in 2012. She was also a two-time first team All-Big VIII League selection and was named the Offensive Player of the Year and team MVP at JW North High School in 2010 and 2009, respectively.
"Mariah is a stand-out athlete," Beach said. "She was a top prospect and one of the best high school ball players in the country. One of our goals as a staff is to bring in the best athletes we can and she is evidence of that. She's a great person, student and athlete. She will represent UNM well."
The Lobos are holding tryouts for potential walk-ons at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Lobo Field.
The team will begin fall practices when classes start next week. New Mexico will play a handful of fall ball games in October.