Lobos Travel to Las Cruces for Rio Grande Rivalry Contest

Feb. 18, 2013

Lobo Softball @ Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State

Tuesday, Feb. 19: @NMSU, 5 p.m. MT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Lobo softball team travels to Las Cruces, N.M., for the second time in less than 10 days to face in-state and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. MT at the NMSU Softball Complex. The game will be televised on Aggie Vision.

New Mexico leads the all-time series with NMSU, 31-25, however, the Aggies got the season sweep last year and beat the Lobos, 3-0, on Feb. 10 in Las Cruces in their Hotel Encanto Invitational. Freshman pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe threw 3.0 innings and struck out six Lobo batters in that contest. The last time New Mexico defeated NMSU on the softball field was April 4, 2011 by a score of 4-3.

The Lobos are 5-8 overall and are coming off a 5-1 weekend in their Lobo Classic. New Mexico picked up its first wins of the season on Feb. 15, first topping Hampton, 11-3, and then defeating Central Michigan, 4-1. UNM dropped a 7-2 decision to Hampton on Feb. 16, and then regrouped to beat Bradley, 3-1.

On Feb. 17 the Lobos recorded two shutout victories behind the pitching performances of freshman hurlers Lisa Rodrigues and Lauren Soles. Rodrigues and the Lobos outlasted IFPW, 1-0, in eight innings and Soles threw a no-hitter in the Lobos' 4-0 (5 1/3 innings) win over Central Michigan. It was determined prior to the game with CMU that play would end at 3:15 p.m. MT to allow the Chippewas time to catch their flight home.

The Aggies are 7-4 overall and are coming off a 3-3 weekend in their own Troy Cox Classic. NMSU opened with run-rule wins over UMKC and Penn State, took run-rule losses to Penn State and Colorado State on day two of the tourney and then split games on the final day with a win over Colorado State and a loss to Texas Tech.

Lobo Softball Notes... DUE UP -The Lobos travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for the second time in less than 10 days to face in-state and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. MT. -New Mexico plays in its third tournament of the season Feb. 22-24 at the 2013 Best Western Grand Islander Classic hosted by Texas A&M Corpus Christi. UNM will play four games against four different opponents in the Classic: Southern, Auburn, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Kansas.

ON DECK -The Lobos will travel west the weekend of March 1-3 to play in the 2013 San Diego Classic I hosted by both San Diego State and University of San Diego. -UNM plays five games while in sunny California: Utah State, San Diego, BYU, Long Beach State and UCLA.

SUNDAY SHUTOUTS The Lobos concluded their home Lobo Classic on Sunday afternoon with two shutouts over IPFW (1-0 in eight innings) and Central Michigan (4-0 in 5 1/3 innings).

New Mexico also had back-to-back shutouts last season in their second home tournament as they topped CSU Bakersfield and North Dakota, both by a score of 8-0 in six innings on March 2.

SOLES TOSSES NO-HITTER The icing on the cake in the Lobos' final day of the Lobo Classic was freshman Lauren Soles' five-inning no-hitter against Central Michigan, 4-0. Soles earned her first win on Feb. 16 over Bradley and followed up with a no-no against the Chippewas. In 5.0 innings pitched, Soles faced 16 batters, walked none and struck out six.It's the first no-hitter in head coach Erica Beach's era (since 2011) and the first in recent history for the program.

NO BETTER TIME FOR TIMELY HITS After going 0-7 in opening weekend and scoring just four runs, coach Erica Beach stressed the need for timely hits. Her Lobos responded in their second weekend of play at their home Lobo Classic Feb. 15-17.

UNM got a walk-off three-run homer from sophomore Nykilah Torres in their home opener against Hampton to take the game in six innings, 11-3. In the same evening against Central Michigan, the Lobos and the Chippewas were tied 1-1 going into the fifth inning. The Lobos strung together four hits to drive in two runs and claim a 3-1 lead. Cassandra Kalapsa gave New Mexico some more insurance with a solo homer in the sixth.

On Feb. 16 the timeliness continued. New Mexico was locked 1-1 with Bradley going into the fourth. Karissa Haleman reached base off a hit-by-pitch and was driven in off another homer by Kalapsa, giving the Lobos the go ahead run.

Perhaps the most timely hit of came in UNM's 1-0 win in eight innings over IPFW on Feb. 17. After the teams played scoreless through regulation, the tiebreaker rule came into effect, meaning at each half inning, the offensive team begins its turn at bat with its last out placed on second base. In the top of the eighth, the Lobo defense threw out IPFW's token runner at third base and didn't allow any other batters to reach. Then the Lobos went to work on offense.

Sheryl Guillermo was the designated runner for UNM and advanced to third off a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline by Jordan Sjostrand. IPFW intentionally walked Mariah Rimmer and then the freshman stole second base to give New Mexico runners on second and third with just one out. Senior Kaity Ingram stepped up to the plate after Rimmer and drove in the winning run with a single to right center.

HOME RUNS AT HOME In addition to getting their first wins of the season, the Lobos also got their first homers of the season. Sophomore Nykilah Torres broke the barrier with a three-run, walk-off dinger in the bottom of the sixth inning against Hampton on Feb. 15. Cassandra Kalapsa followed suit with a lead-off homer in the top of the sixth (UNM was designated home team) against Central Michigan later that evening.

Kalapsa homered again in UNM's win over Bradley on Feb. 16, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Freshman Mariah Rimmer joined the Lobos' home run club on Feb. 17, hitting a solo dinger with two outs away in the fourth inning against Central Michigan.

RIMMER THE BASE BURGLAR Freshman Mariah Rimmer is 11-of-12 for stolen bases in UNM's first 13 games of the season. The freshman has recorded a stolen base in nine games and twice has recorded two stolen bases - against Hampton on Feb. 16 and against IPFW on Feb. 17.

Her 11 steals ties the team-high achieved by Jessican Lujan-Dresslar last season over 52 games. The program record for stolen bases in a single season is 40 set by Jackie Van Hooydonk in 1997. If Rimmer keeps up her pace of stolen bases (.846/game) she could break the record.