Mountain West Softball Weekly Release - March 27, 2012
March 27, 2012
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New Mexico returned to the national Top-25 rankings after reeling off five straight wins at last week's SpringHill Suites Invitational #2 in Boise. The Lobos are listed at No. 25 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll and are receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
- New Mexico has hit 55 home runs as a team this season and leads the nation in home runs per game (1.96), while also boasting the country's top slugging percentage (.631). In addition, the Lobos rank second in the NCAA in scoring (8.39) and eighth in doubles per game (1.68).
- New Mexico's Jessica Garcia has driven in a Conference-high 43 runs this season, ranking third nationally with an average of 1.54 per game.
- Four Mountain West players are hitting above .400 through games of March 25. New Mexico's Jessica Garcia leads the league and ranks 10th nationally with a .460 batting average, followed by Boise State's Tara Glover (.450), UNM's Stefanie Carramusa (.433) and San Dieg State's Hayley Miles (.405).
- Colorado State strung together four straight victories at the UC Riverside Tournament last weekend before falling to host UCR in its final tourney outing on Sunday. That marks the Rams' longest win streak of 2012, and is also the first time CSU has won four of five games at a non-conference weekend tournament.
- New Mexico's Stefanie Carramusa leads the league and ranks in the top-10 nationally in four offensive categories this season: runs per game (2nd, 1.54); home runs per game (5th, 0.43); total home runs (T7th, 12) and slugging percentage (8th, .918).
- San Diego State's Rebecca Arbino has racked up a league-best three saves this season to tie for seventh nationally.
- New Mexico has run-ruled eight teams so far in 2012: 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); CSU Bakersfield on March 2, 8-0 (6) and Weber State on March 23, 13-5 (5) and March 25, 12-1 (6).
- Colorado State's Emily Pohl has collected a league-high 30 walks this season, ranking eighth nationally with an average of 0.91 per game.
- UNLV's Paige Emerson leads the Rebels in nine offensive categories in 2012: batting average (.364), slugging percentage (.556), runs (18), hits (36), doubles (7), triples (3), total bases (55), at-bats (99) and plate appearances (109).
- Boise State has won nine straight games heading into Tuesday's outing at Portland State. That ties for the longest win streak in the Mountain West in 2012, matching New Mexico's string of nine consecutive victories to open the season.
- New Mexico leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with a .340 team batting average. Six Lobo starters are hitting .325 or better this season.
- The UNLV defense has turned a Conference-best 16 double plays this season to rank 10th nationally (0.52 per game). Overall, the Rebels also lead the league with a team fielding percentage of .976.
- Colorado State's Kacie McCarthy became the first Ram pitcher to reach the 10-win mark in 2012, posting a 2-0 record at the UC Riverside Tournament last weekend.
- UNLV's Amanda Oliveto leads the team in 10 pitching categories: ERA (1.69), wins (11), appearances (24), starts (17), complete games (14), shutouts (4), saves (1), innings pitched (128.2), strikeouts (89) and opponent batting average (.206).
- Boise State's Aubray Zell has matched a career-high with 14 wins in 2012, equaling her total from a year ago and tying for second-most in a season in the program's four-year history.
- San Diego State's Hayley Miles has hit a school-record 15 doubles this season, ranking fourth nationally with 0.43 per game.
- Boise State's Aubray Zell surrendered a seventh-inning home run in Saturday's 2-1 win over Weber State, ending her streak of scoreless innings at 22.
- Boise State has won 23 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 (33) and BYU (25). 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 23-game streak.
- San Diego State has hit 31 home runs through 34 games, which ranks as the second-most in a single season in program history. The school single-season record for home runs is 42, set by last year's squad.
- Boise State's Tara Glover has recorded a league-best 50 hits in 2012. She is the sixth player in program history to record 50 hits in a single season.
- San Diego State's Bailey Micetich became the fifth Aztec to record 500 career strikeouts, reaching the milestone with five K's last Friday against Princeton. Micetich fanned 11 batters in Saturday's win over Saint Mary's, marking her second double-digit strikeout performance of the season, and sixth of her career.
- UNLV's 5-3 victory over Lipscomb on Saturday marked head coach Pete Manarino's 950th career win, spanning a 27-year career, all at the Division I level. Now in his fourth season with the Rebels, Manarino's record in Las Vegas is 108-73. He racked up 843 wins during 23 years at the helm of the Long Beach State program.
|Coming Up in Mountain West Softball|
|TUESDAY, MARCH 27|
|BOISE STATE at Portland State||1 p.m. PT|
|SAN DIEGO STATE at No. 19/17 Arizona||7 p.m. MT|
|WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28|
|BOISE STATE at No. 17/16 Oregon (DH)||3 p.m. PT|
|SAN DIEGO STATE at No. 19/17 Arizona||3 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at Southern Utah (DH)||3 p.m. MT|
|Northern Colorado at COLORADO STATE||4 p.m. MT|
|THURSDAY, MARCH 29|
|BOISE STATE at No. 17/16 Oregon||Noon PT|
|FRIDAY, MARCH 30|
|No. 25 NEW MEXICO at No. 6/6 Texas||7 p.m. CT||Longhorn Network|
|SATURDAY, MARCH 31|
|No. 25 NEW MEXICO at No. 6/6 Texas||3:30 p.m. CT||Longhorn Network|
|No. 25 NEW MEXICO vs. Tulsa (Austin, Texas)||6 p.m. CT|
|SUNDAY, APRIL 1|
|No. 25 NEW MEXICO at No. 6/6 Texas||1 p.m. CT||Longhorn Network|
|* - Mountain West game.|
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|The Mtn. - The MountainWest Sports Network||DirecTV 616|
|CBSSN - CBS Sports Network||DirecTV 613|
|Rankings listed according to USA Today-NFCA/ESPN.COM-USA Softball polls.|
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