UNM Hosts Oklahoma State and Siena for Weekend Invite
March 20, 2013
New Mexico Softball Invitational - March 22-24 - Lobo Field
Friday, March 22: Lobos vs. Oklahoma State, DH beginning at 4 p.m. MT
Saturday, March 23: Lobos vs. Siena, 2 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 24: Lobos vs. Siena, 11 a.m. MT - Easter Egg Hunt (post game)
Tickets & Parking: $5 day pass, Park in Pit West
Looking ahead: Lobos open Mountain West play at San Diego State, March 28-30
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FANS PLEASE NOTE: PBR is happening at The Pit this weekend and parking will be more congested than usual.
PARKING (New in 2013) - All fans, media, visiting teams and attendees should park in Pit West parking lot (via University Blvd.) and enter through the gate on the north side of Lobo Field. To see a map of parking near The Pit, please click here. Pit West is #3 on the map. Due to construction, Baseball South is not a public parking area.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico hosts Oklahoma State and Siena College this weekend, March 22-24, for a small invitational at Lobo Field.
Action begins at 4 p.m. MT on Friday as the Lobos take on Oklahoma State ( ). Saturday begins with a neutral game between the Cowgirls and Siena at 12:00 p.m. MT, while UNM is slated to face Siena at 2 p.m. MT. The invite closes with a single game between the Lobos and Siena at 11 a.m. MT on Sunday. An Easter Egg hunt will follow the game -- a special appearance by the Easter Bunny is expected.
The Lobos are looking to snap a 1-6 slump and recover from a tough 2-0 loss to New Mexico State on March 19. UNM is happy to be playing at home for the weekend after having spent the last four on the road.
"We've got a couple of good teams coming in this weekend in Oklahoma State and Siena and it's going to be nice to play at home," head coach Erica Beach said. "It's a small, round-robin tournament and we're happy to be here, at home, playing on our field, in front of our fans."
It's the final weekend of non-conference play for New Mexico as the Lobos begin Mountain West action next weekend, March 28-30, at preseason MW No. 1 San Diego State.
Heading into conference play, Beach and her 'Bos are focusing on staying healthy and adjusting to lineup changes due to injury and other circumstances.
"We're just trying to stay as healthy as we can at this point," Beach said. "We lost Chelsea Anaya to a broken collar bone last week. She's one of our leading hitters and a leader on the team, so we're trying to recover from that and we're trying to figure out how we're going to piece things together for conference right now. We're taking a look at the lineup and at our defense.
"Our performances have been inconsistent, but I've seen some really great moments despite having to overcome a ton of adversity in the last month. We've been hit from all angles -- we've got a couple of kids sitting out for this and that reason and it's been a challenge day in and day out."
Beach cited a few examples of individuals stepping up.
"Mia Hignojos is doing a great job at second base and Jordyn Bledsoe is doing a really great job at short stop and she's hitting the ball really well -- she had a great game against New Mexico State. I'm thinking we'll be alright, but right now we're still trying to feel things out and be as prepared as we can be for conference," she said.
NEW MEXICO SOFTBALL NOTES
LOWDOWN ON THE LOBOS - The University of New Mexico softball team returned to Lobo Field after over a month on the road for a single game against in-state and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Tuesday, March 19. The Lobos dropped a 2-0 decision to the Aggies.
New Mexico looks to get back to it's winning ways after the loss and after the long stretch on the road. In the span of a week, March 8-14) the Lobos had five games against top-25 opponents and eight road games total. 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.
Freshman Mariah Rimmer continues to lead New Mexico at the plate with a .365 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 .271 average and is really filling in as needed for the Lobos. Ingram has started 23 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 68 2/3 innings over 15 appearances and a team-high 12 starts. The lefty has a 6-7 record and a 3.06 ERA.
ANAYA OUT FOR THE SEASON - Unfortunately, UNM will be without second baseman Chelsea Anaya for the remainder of the 2013 season. The junior broke her collarbone after colliding with Lobos' right fielder Cassandra Kalapsa during the bottom of the fourth inning against Yale on March 10. Anaya had started every single game of her career -- a total of 124 contests. The Lobos' first game against No. 10/9 Oregon on March 13 was the first time she wasn't in the lineup since the 2011 campaign.
Anaya was second on the team in batting average this season, hitting at a .367 clip over 27 games. She led the team in runs batted in, with 20, and boasted a slugging percentage of .532. Hitting with runners on, Anaya had a .415 average, and with runners in scoring position, she hit .480. With a runner on third and less than two outs she batted .909.
SCOUTING REPORT - OKLAHOMA STATE - As of March 17, Oklahoma State is 19-12. The Cowgirls have a single game with North Texas on March 20.
Oklahoma State is riding a 12-game winning streak that began on March 8. Most recently, the Cowgirls went 5-0 at the USF Spring Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., defeating Rutgers, Maryland, Boston, Robert Morris and LIU Brooklyn.
OSU has a team batting average of .248 with Tarah Ettinger leading the way with a .360 clip. Tamara Brown is the other Cowgirl who bats above .300 as she owns a .341 average. Ettinger also leads the team in RBIs, having recorded 22 so far this season. Her team-high six home runs has certainly helped that. Samantha Chrisman carries the other big bat for OSU as she has five long balls.
Kat Espinosa and Simone Freeman split circle duties for the Cowgirls and have a combined ERA of 1.78. Espinosa has the most appearances with 25, and owns an 11-6 mark and a 1.51 ERA. She's allowed 83 hits while walking 27 and striking out 117. Freeman is 8-6 with a 2.24 ERA in 22 appearances. She's allowed 62 hits while walking 27 and striking out 117.
SCOUTING REPORT - SIENA - The Saints of Siena College are 5-8 on the season as colder temperatures and fickle weather out in Loudonville, N.Y., has yielded fewer games for the team.
Siena is coming off a 3-1 weekend at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Spring Classic. The Saints topped Georgetown twice and also defeated Morgan State. Their one loss on the weekend was to Sacred Heart.
As a team, Siena bats .317 and has eight players who have played in at least 11 games that bat .300 or better. Paige Lloyd leads the squad with a .429 clip, having recorded 12 hits in 28 at-bats and recording a team-high two homers.
Alyssa Lancaster has logged a team-high 42.0 innings in the circle and carries a 2-5 record and a 6.64 ERA. Antonia Edwards (1-1) and Jessika Sandrini (2-2) have ERAs of 5.62 and 5.82, respectively.