Lobos Host Aggies on Tuesday

March 17, 2013

New Mexico Lobos Softball - Rio Grande Rivalry Game

Tuesday, March 19: Lobos (14-17) host NMSU (15-12), 4 p.m. - Lobo Field
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico softball team returns to Lobo Field after over a month on the road for a single game against in-state and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State at 4 p.m. MT on Tuesday, March 19.

It will be the third meeting between the two teams and the "tie-breaker" game. NMSU won the first meeting, 3-0, on Feb. 10 in Las Cruces, and the Lobos topped the Aggies, 10-9, on Feb. 19, also in Las Cruces.

New Mexico looks to get back to it's winning ways after a tough road trip last week that featured five games against top-25 opponents. The Lobos posted a 3-5 mark over the duration of the trip as they went 2-2 at No. 19/16 University of Washington's Husky Classic, got swept by No. 10/9 Oregon and split with No. 23/RV Oregon State.

The Aggies have been on the road for nearly a month. Their last home contest was the Feb. 19 game with the Lobos. NMSU has played at tourneys hosted by UTEP, UNLV, and Arizona State, and spent last week at Nebraska in attempts to get in a three-game series. The weather in Lincoln permitted two games to be played and State dropped both, 4-1 and 8-0 (5 inn.).

Since its last meeting with the Lobos, NMSU has gone 8-7. UNM is 8-9 since the last Rio Grande Rivalry game on Feb. 19.

Freshman Mariah Rimmer continues to lead New Mexico at the plate with a .376 average. She has started every game this season and has recorded a team high 38 hits and 48 total bases. She's also the Lobos' leader in stolen bases with 19 successful steals in 22 attempts.

Kaity Ingram is the only other Lobo who has started every game. The senior has a .280 average and is really filling in where she's needed for the Lobos. Ingram has started 22 games at third base, five at short stop, two in left field and two in center field.

Senior Kaela DeBroeck leads UNM with an earned-run average of 2.76 in 15 appearances and 58 1/3 innings pitched. Her record is 3-4.

Freshman Lauren Soles has logged a team-high 61 2/3 innings over 14 appearances and a team-high 11 starts. The lefty has a 6-6 record and a 3.18 ERA.

NMSU's Amber Olive is the team leader at the plate, and is one of three Aggies batting above .338. Olive hits .348 while Kelsey Dodd and Teresa Conrad both hit at a .338 clip. Staci Rodriguez is really the player to watch out for, however as she leads the team in RBIs with 28, and leads the team in slugging percentage with a .667.

In the circle, Alex Newman has tossed 76 1/3 innings and is 7-7 with a team-best 2.38 ERA. Karysta Donisthorpe has thrown 39 innings and is 5-2 in 11 appearances with a 3.23 ERA.

Lobos vs. Aggies (Softball)

The Lobos lead the all-time series, 81-54.
First meeting: March 23, 1978 (NMSU 6, UNM 3)
Latest meeting: Feb. 19, 2013, in Las Cruces (UNM 10, NMSU 9)
In last 10 meetings (since March 24, 2009): NMSU leads, 8-2
In last 20 meetings (since Feb. 21, 2006): NMSU leads, 11-9

NMSU 3, Lobos 0 - Feb. 10, 2013 in Las Cruces

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the third until NMSU put up one run off one hit. The Aggies recorded two more runs off four hits in the fifth frame and held their ground on defense.
The Lobos managed to reach base in every inning except for the third, however, their five hits in the game weren't timely and UNM left six stranded.
Chelsea Anaya and Mariah Rimmer each had two hits while Jordan Sjostrand had one.
Freshman righty Lisa Rodrigues threw all six innings, allowing six hits while walking four and striking out two.
Winning pitcher was Karysta Donisthorpe. She threw three innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out six.

Lobos 10, NMSU 9 - Feb. 19, 2013 in Las Cruces

The Aggies took an early 4-0 lead, putting up three runs in the first inning and one in the second.
The Lobos had a big third inning, pounding out five hits and capitalizing on two Aggie errors to score five runs and take the lead, 5-4. The Aggies, too, had a good third inning and reclaimed the lead and then some, 8-5.
No runs were scored by either squad in frames four and five, but the sixth was all Cherry and Silver as UNM again put up five runs on five hits and two errors to reclaim the lead, 10-8. The Aggies scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lobos were able to hold the advantage.
Neither team scored in the final inning and New Mexico went away with the win, 10-9.
Eleven of the 19 runs scored in the contest were unearned as the teams combined for eight errors--- five for NMSu and three for UNM. Sophomore Carrie Sheehan threw the final 2 2/3 innings and got the win as she was in the circle when New Mexico gained and kept the lead. NMSU's Makayla McAdams took the loss for the Aggies.