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Lobos Place Three on CSC Academic All-District Team

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobos had three players earn CSC Academic All-District honors for the first time with Rachael Hathoot, Amber Linton and Peyton Robinson all earning the academic award.

All now advance to the national ballot for potential All-America status.

From Franklin, Indiana, Linton carries a 4.26 GPA in accounting and led the Lobo pitching staff this past season. The junior appeared in 32 games with 25 starts, throwing 14 complete games and three shutouts. In 158.2 innings in the circle, Linton recorded a MW-best 164 strikeouts and set a program record in strikeouts per game at 7.24, besting her own program record of 6.97 she set in 2022. Her 14 complete games doubled her total from a season ago and she also registered 15 games with five or more strikeouts and three games with 10-plus strikeouts, an improvement over last season as well. The RHP struck out a career-high 14 batters at Utah State, struck out 12 in the win against Houston and 11 in the win against Nevada. This season, Linton also earned MW Pitcher of the Week.

A week after earning her first all-conference honor after being named to the All-Mountain West First Team, Hathoot adds another accolade to her resume. Hathoot holds a 3.59 GPA as a double major in psychology and speech and hearing sciences and was a leader for the Lobos at the plate and at shortstop. The Albuquerque native produced her best season as a Lobo with 59 hits, nine doubles, seven triples, 31 RBI, 91 total bases, 12 walks,  38 runs scored,  a .396 batting average, .452 on-base percentage and .611 slugging percentage and her seven triples tied for the third most in a single season in program history, last done in 1998. Hathoot led the team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, doubles, triples, runs scored and total bases and her 59 hits were more than her freshman and sophomore seasons combined, as were her total bases. Further, she had a career-best 15-game hit streak and career-best 20-game streak of reaching base, while also leading the team with 18 multiple hit games, five games with three hits and had seven multiple RBI games with a career-high five RBI against NMSU. Among the MW, the Lobo led the MW in triples and assists (114), was second in fielding double plays, second in batting average, fifth in hits, eighth in slugging percentage and total bases and ninth in on-base percentage.

Robinson earned her second UNM degree on May 13, a master’s in project management, and graduated with a 3.91 GPA. Starting all 50 games in center field, Robinson also had her best season as a Lobo this past season with 60 hits, three doubles, 63 total bases, 15 stolen bases, 11 RBI, a .380 batting average, .434 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage, and finished the season on a five-game streak of reaching base and two-game hitting streak. A native of Saginaw, Texas, Robinson led the team in hits, stolen bases and sac bunts (10), was second on the team in batting average and on-base percentage and third in total bases and runs scored. Additionally, her 60 hits were the most by a Lobo in a single season since 2016. Among the MW rankings, the Lobo finished fourth in the MW in batting average and hits, 10th in on-base percentage and second in sac bunts (10). Robinson also earned her first MW Player of the Week award on March 14.

First-, second and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced June 6.