UNM to Play Four Games in Grand Islander Classic

Feb. 20, 2013

Series Notes: Grand Islander Classic

Lobo Softball - at Grand Islander Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas
When: Friday 8:00 a.m. (MT); Saturday 12:00 p.m. (MT) and 2:00 p.m. (MT); Sunday 8:00 a.m. (MT)
Who: Southern Jaguars (Friday); Auburn Tigers and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (Saturday);Kansas Jayhawks (Sunday)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos travel south to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Best Western Marina Grand Islander Classic. They will face the Southern Jaguars (0-10) on Friday morning, Auburn (10-1) and host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-8) Saturday afternoon, and close with Kansas (7-2) Sunday morning. UNM has won six of its last seven games, including a come-from-behind 10-9 win over Rio Grand Rival New Mexico St. on Tuesday. Mariah Rimmer and Kaity Ingram both went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Lobos' offensive attack over the Aggies.

"(Tuesday night) was the first game where it was a total team effort," senior Kaity Ingram said. "Everything was working, everybody in the dugout was together, and that feeling I think will take us a long way from here on out."

Head coach Erica Beach is pleased with the way her team has responded after suffering through an 0-7 start to the season.

"One of the keys to last weekend's success was timely hitting and our pitching stepping up," she said. "(Those were) some of the things we needed to improve on after the first weekend, and I was really happy to see that happen."

After the Lobos battled through tough playing conditions for the win over New Mexico St., Beach believes the team is coming together.

"These last few games the team has started to figure out its identity," she said. "I've said that since day one ... that that will be our biggest challenge is to figure out how we will be successful. It meant a lot to the team to realize we can score a lot of runs."

SCOUTING REPORT - 2013 Best Western Grand Islander Classic

- Southern is looking for its first win of the season. The Jaguars are led by junior Desiree Dawson who bats .292. Carla Arismendi (21.0 innings) and Dephia Holmes (20.0 innings) handle the pitching duties and have ERAs of 9.43 and 9.00, respectively.

-Auburn is off to a 10-1 start in 2013, including a 4-1 weekend at their Tiger Invitational last weekend. The Tigers have a game on Wednesday against Georgia State. Auburn has yet to play on the road. Morgan Estell leads Auburn at the plate, batting at a .500 clip. Hilary Mavromat is the Tigers’ ace, boasting a 1.05 ERA and a flawless 4-0 record. Mavromat has21 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched. Auburn’s pitching staff of Mavromat, Davis and Harper has an ERA of 1.72.

-Texas A&M Corpus Christi is 2-8 overall and coming off a 1-4 weekend with losses to Northern Colorado, University of the Pacific, Baylor (twice) and a win over Northern Colorado. Sophomore catcher Mickayla Cochran leads the Islanders with a .310 average. Meagan McKinney, a senior firstbaseman is the only other player above .300 with a .308 average. Junior Constance Bradenburg handles pitching duties most of the time and is 1-4 with a 3.61 ERA over 31.0 innings pitched.

-Kansas is 7-2 and went 3-1 at Auburn’s Tiger Invitational last weekend. The Jayhawks have seven players in their regular lineup that hit .345 or better with Alex Hugo leading the way at .438 (14 hits in 29 at-bats). Hugo has three of the team’s seven homers this season. Kelsey Kessler is the main pitcher and carries a 1.83 ERA and a 2-2 record. In 23.0 innings pitched, she has 22 strikeouts. Alicia Pille is the other ace for KU. She’s 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and over 23.0 innings pitched, she’s fanned 26.

LOBO TIES TO TEXAS A&M CC AND KANSAS - Redshirt freshman newcomer Karissa Haleman is a transfer  from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Lobo infielder spent the 2011-12 season with the Islanders as a redshirt and then transferred to UNM in December 2012. Haleman, a native of Peoria, Ariz., has started all but one game for New Mexico and has been a welcomed addition to the team.

Assistant coach Christi Musser has ties with Kansas. Musser came to UNM after spending over a decade at KU in some capacity - as a player, student assistant and assistant coach. She played under former KU head coach Tracy Bunge from 1999-2002. Musser batted .354 with 35 runs, 30 RBIs and nine homers (eighth-highest home run season total in school history) her senior season and became the program’s first All-American in eight seasons. She also earned All-Region honors in 2002 and was a four-time All-Big 12 selection.

LOBO CLASSIC RECAP - The Lobos picked up their 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 onFeb. 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. Five innings made the game a legitimate contest in the eyes of the NCAA.

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.

SOLES EARNS MW PITCHER OF THE WEEK FEB. 19 -New Mexico freshman left-hander Lauren Soles has been named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for games through February 17. This is the first career MW weekly accolade for the Lobo newcomer and the first of the season for UNM softball. Soles went 2-0 at UNM’s Lobo Classic over the weekend, throwing two complete games without giving up an earned run over 12 innings in the circle. The Simi Valley, Calif., native got the start and threw all 7.0 innings for her first collegiate victory in the 3-1 decision over Bradley on Saturday, allowing just four hits while striking out seven batters and surrendering three walks and one unearned run. She also had two putouts in the game and pitched her way out of a runners-on-second-and-third situation in the top of the first inning. Soles started again on Sunday against Central Michigan and threw a no-hitter en route to the Lobos’ 4-0 victory. She faced 16 batters in the game, which was shortened to 5.1 innings due to Central Michigan’s travel plans. Soles fanned six batters and walked none, with a lone batter reaching base due to a hit-by-pitch. She also recorded two putouts in the game to protect her no-hitter.

ANAYALATOR - When Chelsea Anaya steps up to bat, you’ll hear all the other Lobos chanting, “Anayalator!” -- and for good reason. The junior second baseman leads the team in RBIs with six so far this season, and she is tied for the most extra-base hits on the squad with three doubles.