The Aggie softball team is headed to Albuquerque today to try to sweep the season series from the Lobos and more importantly end a ten game skid. The Aggies have run into injuries, sickness and had a general reshuffling of the deck so to speak because of the two.
The thing about the Aggie softball team's losing streak is that they haven't necessarily been playing badly, they were competitive against Arizona in the loss (and really should have won that game), they suffered two last-at bat losses against BYU, had two competitive games with Hawai'i (the best team in the league and one of the best in the country) and played three competitive games against Louisiana Tech.
The injury situation in the middle infield has been the hardest on the Aggies because it has forced them to play players out of position. Teresa Conrad has moved back to shortstop (after playing first base and doing quite well there) last season. Shaleese Javillo is now playing second base and according to Coach Rodolph had not fielded ground balls in competition since high school (she is a senior who was primarily a pinch runner), Celisha Walker has played in the infield and this past weekend the Aggies' standout sophomore outfielder Valerie Swedberg was behind the plate catching. Right now the Aggies are trying to hold the ship together with duct tape and bubble gum while they try to figure out the best combination of offense/defense to put on the field.
This is a big, big week for the softball team. At 0-9 they are very much in danger of not qualifying for the WAC tournament which will be hosted in Las Cruces this year. The Aggies host Nevada this week and the Wolf Pack currently sit at 4-5 in WAC play and in the coveted 6th place spot (only six of the eight teams qualify for the WAC tournament). The Aggies are two games behind Utah State.
The Wolf Pack still have series versus Hawai'i, BYU and at Lousiana Tech while Utah State still faces BYU in Provo and hosts Hawai'i.
The Aggies have quite a bit of work to do but winning the series this weekend against Nevada would go a long way to getting back in the hunt for a spot in the WAC tourney.
Tonight's game against in-state New Mexico is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. (MDT) first pitch. The game can be heard on KSNM AM 570 (at 6:00 p.m., tape delayed) with Kyle Doperalski calling the action. Live Stats will be available via the UNM athletic website.
The UNM athletic website previews tonight's game.
The NM State athletic website previews tonight's game.
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