Lobo Softball Hosts Eastern New Mexico for DH Oct. 6

Oct. 2, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Lobo softball head coach Erica Beach and her 2012-13 squad have been hard at work this fall laying the foundation for another excellent softball season come spring.

Part of the preparation includes seven fall ball games -- a home double header with Eastern New Mexico this Saturday, Oct. 6, and a trip to Tucson, Ariz., for five games as part of the Arizona Fall Classic next weekend, Oct. 12-14.

Saturday's games with the Zias are slated to begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, both the Lobos and ENMU will don pink jerseys.

"We're very excited to be hosting a doubleheader with Eastern New Mexico," head coach Erica Beach said. "It's an opportunity for us to showcase what we've been working on this fall in individual and team workouts, and to show us what we have left to work on before spring."

Since fall classes started, Beach and her staff have been conducting one-on-one and small group workouts as well as meeting as a team at least once a week for practice. The entire squad has also been meeting for strength and conditioning sessions.

Beach says the work in the fall is key for success in the spring.

"This time is really important, especially for our newcomers," Beach explained. "We want to introduce our technique and get several reps of proper technique in. This is really the time of year for fine tuning."

The Lobos travel to Tucson, Ariz., next weekend to take part in the Arizona Fall Classic. New Mexico's opening game of the tournament is against Central Arizona at 12:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Oct. 12. The Lobos also face host Arizona at 7 p.m. MT on Friday.

New Mexico plays two more games on Saturday, Oct. 13, against Pima Community College at 12 p.m. MT and against Cypress College at 2 p.m. MT. The Lobos finish the weekend with a 10 a.m. MT game against South Mountain Community College.

UNM finished 27-25 overall and 2-8 in the Mountain West conference last season. The Lobos opened 2012 with a program best, 17-2 record and earned a national ranking as high as No. 23 in the USAToday/NFCA Top-25 weekly poll. It was the first time Lobo softball had been nationally ranked since May 12, 1999.

Thirteen student-athletes return from last season's team and the Lobos welcome five new members.

New Mexico softball's 2013 season will begin on the road at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State, Feb. 7-10.