UNM Sports Notes: Athletics, softball and baseball ready for a big weekend at home
The Albuquerque Convention Center is the site of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which begin Thursday and end Saturday. For UNM’s host sports program, it begins a busy weekend at home.
Competition is light on Thursday, with the men’s heptathlon competition starting at 10 a.m., the women’s pentathlon at 11 a.m. and the men’s (4 p.m.) and women’s (4:20 p.m.) distance medleys. The action resumes in earnest on Friday with field events scheduled from 12:30-4:15 p.m. and track events from 1:30-4:55 p.m.
The Colorado State men and UNLV women won this meeting for the last time in 2020; last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic. The UNM men’s and women’s teams both last won in 2015.
SOFT BALL: In the Lobo Classic at Lobo Softball Field, UNM (6-3) will face UTEP at 4 p.m. Thursday, North Dakota State Friday at 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Tarleton Sunday at 12 p.m. h. :30h
BASEBALL: New Mexico (0-4) is playing its first home series of 2022 against Holy Cross. The two teams face off Friday at 3 p.m., a double Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon. The Lobos lost twice each to Oregon State and Gonzaga in a tournament last week and were outscored 49-8 along the way.
TENNIS: Georgio Samaha, a University of New Mexico freshman and Eldorado High alumnus, is the Mountain West Conference men’s tennis freshman of the week, the league announced Wednesday. Samaha’s honor follows teammate Arda Azkara, who was Mountain West’s player and rookie of the week seven days earlier.
Samaha went 5-0 in singles and doubles combined, leading her singles winning streak to five consecutive league wins. For the season, he’s tied for the team lead in wins with 10, and he’s won five straight singles matches, and he’s undefeated in doubles, going 4-0 and leading his other two matches when the point was called.
New Mexico (5-2) heads to Arizona State for the ASU Invitational Friday through Sunday in Tempe.