Lobos Host Boise State for MW Home Opener
April 3, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - Mountain West home opener - vs. Boise State, April 5-7Friday: Lobos vs. Boise State, 3 p.m. MT
Saturday: Lobos vs. Boise State, 6 p.m. MT
Sunday: Lobo vs. Boise State, 12 p.m. MT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico softball squad plays host to Boise State for its Mountain West home opener, April 5-7, at Lobo Field.
The Lobos (16-23, 0-3 MW) are looking for their first conference victory while the Broncos (16-17-1, 0-0 MW) will be playing their first league game of 2013.
Friday's game was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. but has been changed to 3:00 p.m. MT to accomodate another event happening at The Pit.
The teams play at 6:00 p.m. MT on Saturday evening, which is also UNM's Lettermen Alumni game. A pre-game tailgate is slated to take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Pit West parking lot as part of the evening's festivities. All former Lobo greats will also be introduced on the field prior to the start of the game, giving fans a chance to recognize and thank alumni for their contributions to the softball program and UNM.
The series concludes on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MT. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. MT but was moved up to accommodate Boise State's travel plans.
Lobo Softball Notes
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOISE STATE
All Time: Boise State leads, 2-1
First meeting: April 27, 2012
Last season: April 27-29 in Boise (Game 1: BSU, 8-5; Game 2: BSU, 8-6; Game 3: UNM, 6-5 (8 inn.))
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PLEASE NOTE -Friday's game was originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MT, but was moved to 3:00 p.m. MT in order to accommodate another event happening at The Pit that evening. Sunday's original game time changed as well -- from 1 p.m. MT to 12:00 p.m. MT in order to accommodate Boise State's travel plans.
DUE UP -The Lobos continue Mountain West play with their first conference home series this weekend, April 5-7. UNM plays host to Boise State who will open its MW season in Albuquerque.
ON DECK -New Mexico plays at UNLV, April 12-14.
LOWDOWN ON THE LOBOS - The Lobos opened Mountain West play last weekend at San Diego State. Unfortunately, UNM dropped all three games in the series, falling to the Aztecs 4-1, 5-0 and 1-0. All three games of the series were close with one play and/or one inning being the deciding factor in each game. In both the first and second games the Aztecs and Lobos were tied at 0-0 before Lobo miscues allowed unearned runs to score. Of the 10 runs scored by San Diego State in the series, just one was earned. New Mexico played fairly even with the Aztecs -- 18 hits to 19 by SDSU, a .209 average to .275, and just five errors to seven by the Aztecs, but San Diego State was able to capitalize on errors and get timely hits. New Mexico left 27 runners stranded while the Aztecs left just 16 runners on base.
In the month of March, New Mexico went 7-14. It wasn't an easy month, as the Lobos spent most of it on the road. March 8-14 was a particularly challenging stretch as the Lobos had five games against top-25 opponents and eight road games total. UNM 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 .341 average. She has started every game this season and has recorded a team high 43 hits and 53 total bases. She's also the Lobos' and the Mountain West runner-up in stolen bases with 21 successful steals in 25 attempts.
Kaity Ingram is the only other Lobo who has started every game. The senior has a .261 average and is really filling in as needed for the Lobos. Ingram has started 30 games at third base, five at short stop, two in left field and two in center field. Freshman catcher Naomi Tellez has started 37 games and leads the team in RBIs with 15.
Freshman hurler Lauren Soles has logged a team-high 93 2/3 innings over 19 appearances and a team-high 16 starts. The lefty has a 7-10 record and a Lobo-best 2.69 ERA. On March 24, she recorded 14 strikeouts and earned UNM's 5-2 win over Siena --14 strikeouts is single-game record in recent program history.
Senior Kaela DeBroeck has 18 appearances and nine starts. She owns a 2.77 ERA in 68 1/3 innings pitched. Her record is 4-6.
SCOUTING REPORT: BOISE STATE - Boise State opens Mountain West play with its series at New Mexico, April 5-7. The Broncos were picked to finish fourth in the preseason Mountain West poll and in non-conference play this season, have posted a 16-17-1 non-conference mark. BSU was competition-free last weekend with its last outing being a doubleheader on March 26 at Southern Utah. The Broncos got the sweep against Southern Utah, topping the Thunderbirds 5-3 in the first game and run-ruling them, 12-1 in five innings in the second. Boise State played at UNLV's Rebel Classic March 23-24 and went 1-2-1, as it split with Texas Tech and tied with and lost to Tulsa.
Outfielder Tara Glover leads the team with a .395 average, while Makenna Weir (.310), Holly Bourke (.333) and Devon Bridges (.360) also bat .310 or better. Glover has a teamhigh 47 hits and 18 stolen bases while Bridges has 40 hits and leads the squad in runs batted in with 34.
Rebecca Patton is Boise State's ace. The redshirt junior has thrown 95 innings in 18 appearances and 17 starts. Patton has an 8-6 mark and a 3.86 ERA. She's allowed 112 hits and 56 earned runs, and has walked just 40 while having fanned 69. Lela Work has a team-high 19 appearances and a 4-5 record and 3.52 ERA. In 67 1/3 innings, she's allowed 70 hits and 34 earned runs.
543 GDP - 543 GDP is the statistician's lingo for one of the more common double play scenarios in softball, and while not all 14 of the Lobos' DPs have happened in that fashion it's still an impressive stat and one New Mexico can pride itself on. The Lobos rank tied for second (Fresno State) in the Mountain West for fielding double plays. UNLV is first with 16. Last season, UNM had 14 DPs total, so there's a chance the Lobos could surpass that mark. It's also interesting to note that UNM's opponents have only turned two so far this season.
ERRRRRRORS - Unfortunately, a stat that the Lobos also rank second for in the Mountain West is errors. The Lobos have committed 50 miscues so far this season, an average of 1.28/game. Colorado State is the only other team with more blips than UNM as the Rams have committed 61. Last weekend in its Mountain West opener, UNM had just five errors in three games compared to seven by preseason league favorite San Diego State, however, two of New Mexico's miscues accounted for nine unearned runs.
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.
SOLES FANS 14 - Freshman Lauren Soles recorded a career-best 14 strikeouts in the Lobos' 5-2 win over Siena on March 24 at Lobo Field. UNM softball records from 2006-present show the previous single-game high for strikeouts was nine, recorded first by senior Kaela DeBroeck on Feb. 26, 2011 against Northern Colorado, and matched by Soles in five innings pitched on March 8 of this season against Seattle. Soles struck out at least one batter each inning and earned all three outs in the first and fifth innings against the Saints. Four of the 14 batters fanned went down looking.
A `KAITY' OF ALL TRADES - Redshirt senior Kaity Ingram is stepping up as a veteran member of the team and filling in where her team needs here. She's proved to be a real `Kaity' of all trades. Ingram has started all 36 games-- mostly at third base (30), but also at short stop (5) and in the outfield (4).
RIMMER THE BASE BURGLAR- Freshman Mariah Rimmer is 21-of-25 for stolen bases in UNM's 39 games. She has recorded a stolen base in 17 games and three times has recorded two stolen bases - against Hampton on Feb. 16, against IPFW on Feb. 17 and against Long Beach State on March 2. Her 21 steals ranks her second in the league and surpasses last year's team high of 10 achieved by Jessica Lujan-Dresslar over 52 games.
ACTUALLY, RIMMER LEADS A PACK OF BASE BURGLARS - Actually, Rimmer is the ring leader of a whole Lobo pack of base burglars. New Mexico is second in the Mountain West conference in stolen bases with 42. Fresno State leads the league with 55. Rimmer has 21 of the Lobos' 42 while senior Kaity Ingram has six, junior Chelsea Anaya has four, Jordan Sjostrand, Courtney Geith and Mia Hignojos have two, and Cassandra Kalapsa, Nykilah Torres, Naomi Tellez, Karissa Haleman and Amber Tracy have one apiece.