Mountain West Softball Weekly Release - March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012


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Mountain West softball teams wrap up their slate of in-season tournaments this weekend as New Mexico joins Boise State at the Broncos' Spring Hill Suites Invitational #2, while Colorado State and UNLV travel to California for the UCR Tournament and Mustang Classic in Riverside and San Luis Obispo, respectively. San Diego State remains in-state for the Libby Matson Tournament in Stockton.

Notables:

  • New Mexico has hit 41 homers as a team this season and leads the nation with a 1.78 average per game. The Lobos also rank in the top-10 nationally in slugging percentage (2nd; .609), scoring (3rd; 8.17) and triples per game (8th; 0.39).

  • UNLV's Paige Emerson leads the Rebels in nine offensive categories this season: batting average (.378), slugging percentage (.610), runs (16), hits (31), doubles (7), triples (3), total bases (50), at-bats (82) and plate appearances (89).

  • Three Mountain West players are hitting above .400 through games of March 18. New Mexico's Jessica Garcia leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with a .476 batting average, followed by Boise State's Tara Glover (.448) and UNM's Stefanie Carramusa (.413).

  • New Mexico's Jessica Garcia has driven in a Conference-high 35 runs this season, ranking third nationally with an average of 1.52 RBI per game.

  • Colorado State's Emily Pohl has collected a league-high 27 walks in 2012, ranking sixth nationally with an average of 0.96 per game.

  • New Mexico has run-ruled six teams so far this season: Northwestern on Feb. 11, 13-5 (5); Bryant on Feb. 17, 15-1 (5); Northern Colorado on Feb. 18, 11-3 (5); No. 16 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 15-3 (6); North Dakota on March 2, 8-0 (6) and CSU Bakersfield on March 2, 8-0 (6).

  • San Diego State's Rebecca Arbino has racked up a league-best three saves this season to tie for sixth nationally.

  • Seven of Colorado State's 12 wins this season have been come-from-behind victories. Most recently, the Rams trailed Akron, 1-0, through four frames last Sunday before plating runs in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat the Zips, 3-2.

  • New Mexico's Shenise Cox leads the Mountain West and ranks seventh in the country with a .926 slugging percentage in 2012. Overall, three Lobos are ranked in the top-15 nationally with Lobo teammates Stefanie Carramusa (.900) and Jessica Garcia (.878) joining Cox.

  • New Mexico's Stefanie Carramusa and Shenise Cox have hit 10 homers apiece this season to lead the Mountain West and tie for fifth and eighth in the nation, respectively, for total home runs and home run average (.43). Carramusa and Cox also rank second and fifth in the country, respectively, with 1.48 and 1.3 runs scored per game.

  • Colorado State snapped an 11-game road losing streak with last Thursday's 6-5 win at Pacific. Prior to that, the last time the Rams won on an opponent's home field was March 26, 2011, when they came away with a 9-5 victory at Northern Colorado.

  • All five Mountain West teams had their schedules affected by weather last weekend, as a total of 16 games were either cancelled or rescheduled due to unplayable field conditions caused by rain and snow that fell across the western half of the country.

  • Boise State has won 18 straight games at Mountain Cove Softball Field, dating back to the 2010 season. That marks the third-longest active home win streak in the nation, trailing only Louisiana (31) and BYU (21). The Broncos' last loss on their home turf came in the first game of a May 1, 2010 twinbill against San Jose State, 7-6. BSU shut out SJSU, 15-0, in the nightcap to embark on its current 18-game streak.

  • With an 18-10 overall record, Boise State has matched the 2011 squad for best 28-game start in program history.

  • Boise State's 2-1 win over Minnesota last Thursday marked the 100th victory in the program's four-year history.

  • Colorado State's 3-2 victory over Akron on Sunday marked head coach Jen Fisher's 500th career win, spanning stints at both the junior college and four-year institutional level. Now in her second season with the Rams, Fisher's record in Fort Collins is 20-60. She racked up 355 wins at the helm of the Otero Junior College program and 125 at Metropolitan State College, a Division II school.

Coming Up in Mountain West Softball
Game Time TV
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
Seattle at BOISE STATE (DH) (1) 2 p.m. MT  
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
NEW MEXICO vs. Weber State (1) 10 a.m. MT  
NEW MEXICO vs. Seattle (1) Noon MT  
UTSA at BOISE STATE (1) 4 p.m. MT  
COLORADO STATE vs. Brown (2) 9 a.m. PT  
COLORADO STATE vs. Santa Clara (2) 2 p.m. PT  
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Princeton (3) Noon PT  
SAN DIEGO STATE at Pacific (3) 4:30 p.m. PT  
UNLV vs. Lipscomb (4) 10 a.m. PT  
UNLV vs. Ball State (4) 12:30 p.m. PT  
SATURDAY, MARCH 24
NEW MEXICO vs. Seattle (1) 10 a.m. MT  
Weber State at BOISE STATE (1) 4 p.m. MT  
COLORADO STATE vs. Brown (2) 9 a.m. PT  
COLORADO STATE at UC Riverside (2) 11:30 a.m. PT  
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Saint Mary's (DH) (3) 10 a.m. PT  
UNLV vs. Ball State (4) 10 a.m. PT  
UNLV vs. Lipscomb (4) 5:30 p.m. PT  
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
NEW MEXICO vs. UTSA (1) 10 a.m. MT  
NEW MEXICO vs. Weber State (1) Noon MT  
Weber State at BOISE STATE (1) 2 p.m. MT  
COLORADO STATE at UC Riverside (2) 11:30 a.m. PT  
UNLV at Cal Poly (4) 11 a.m. PT  
Legend
* - Mountain West game.
CAPS denotes Mountain West team.
(1) Spring Hill Suites Invitational #2 (Boise, Idaho)
(2) UC Riverside Tournament (Riverside, Calif.)
(3) Libby Matson Tournament (Stockton, Calif.)
(4) Mustang Classic (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
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CBSSN - CBS Sports Network DirecTV 613
Rankings listed according to USA Today-NFCA/ESPN.COM-USA Softball polls.
All dates and times subject to change.
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