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Amber Linton - Softball - University of New Mexico Lobos Athletics

Amber Linton










Franklin, Ind.

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7.24 strikeouts per game in 2023 was the single-season program record, breaking her own record of 6.97 she set in 2022… 164 strikeouts are the fifth most in a single season in program history… program-record 7.10 career strikeouts per game.

JUNIOR (2023): Appeared in a team-high 32 games and 25 starts, throwing 14 complete games and 158.2 innings… led the MW with 164 strikeouts and 48 looking, while also leading in innings pitched… 14 complete games doubled her total from a season ago.. threw three shutouts and 15 games with five or more strikeouts… set a career high with 14 strikeouts at Utah State, one of three games that she finished with 10+ strikeouts… earned a save against San José State on March 26… had her best year as a Lobo in terms of ERA and strikeouts… 164 strikeouts were the fifth most in a single season in program history… 4th-most wins in the MW… named MW Pitcher of the Week on March 14… named to the Academic All-District® Softball Team… named MW Scholar-Athlete and to the MW All-Academic Team… named an Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

SOPHOMORE (2022): Appeared in 38 games with 27 starts… pitched a team-high 156.2 innings with team-high seven complete games and three saves… struck out 156 batters to 73 walks… struck out 10 batters in the first game of the season, a win over Oregon State, and 11 batters against UTEP… struck out at least five in 14 games, with a game of nine strikeouts, a game with eight strikeouts and five games with seven strikeouts… recorded multiple strikeouts in 29 games… didn’t allow a walk in three outings of pitching 3.0 or more innings, including in two complete games… struck out the third-most batters in the MW, with 56 looking… seventh in the MW in overall wins (12), second in games started and tied for third in saves… fourth in the MW in innings pitched… 33rd in the NCAA in saves and 86th in strikeouts… named MW Pitcher of the Week on  March 1…named to the Academic All-MW Team… named a MW Scholar-Athlete… named an Easton/ NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

FRESHMAN (at INDIANA, 2021): Appeared in 19 games with four starts … posted a 5-2 record on the season with 44.1 innings pitched … 21 strikeouts … recorded a 4.87 ERA …allowed just one hit in each appearance against Minnesota, throwing 4.0 innings with one hit and no runs on Feb. 28 … recorded at least one strikeout in 14 games, twice recording three strikeouts for a season high.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Roncalli High School in 2020 … won the conference championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019 … county champion in 2018 … earned all-conference and all-county all four years … all-state in 2019 … all-academic state in softball and cross country.

PERSONAL: Birthday is March 7… born in Indianapolis, Ind. … parents are Shelly and Eric Linton … has three siblings, Marisa, Max and Ava … majoring in accounting.

WHY UNM: “I felt that the coaching staff showed belief in me and my potential like no one else had. Along with this, the UNM softball program is on the rise and I see so much potential for where this program could go. This is somewhere that I want to leave a legacy and make UNM Softball a force to be reckoned with, not only in the Mountain West Conference, but in the post season tournament as well.”