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Lobo Baseball Hosts Utah This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/14/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 14, 2011

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The Lobos are coming off two-straight home losses to Texas Tech. UNM looks forward to a three-game conference series with MWC opponent Utah April 15-17. All three games can be heard live on ESPN Radio 101.7 The TEAM starting with game one at 6 p.m., Friday.

With only one senior on this year's roster, UNM is young and talented, but is off to a slow start this season. The Lobos went through a gauntlet during their most recent roadtrip with games against No. 19 Arizona, No. 24 Gonzaga and No. 11 TCU. UNM looks to get back into the win cloumn as they take on Utah at home in a three-game series.

THE SERIES ... UNM leads the all-time series against Utah.
Series Record: 81-48
Home: 50-25; Away: 27-19; Neutral: 4-4

LAST SERIES: The Lobos were beaten by Texas Tech in a two game series. Junior Luke Campbell went 4-for-9 with two runs scored and two RBIs to go along with a home run in the series.

ON THE HORIZON ... UNM will be back home as the Lobos battle the Utah Utes in a three-game conference series, beginning at 6 p.m. MT, April 15.

Known For Their Hitting ... The Lobos have made national news with their bats since Ray Birmingham took over three seasons ago. New Mexico led the nation in hitting in 2009 with a team average of .363. Justin Howard, who was drafted last year, led the country in hitting with a .456 average in `10.

We Really Are New Mexico ... The 2011 New Mexico baseball team has 10 players from the state of New Mexico.

PLAYING THE CREAM OF THE CROP ... The Lobos 10-24 record this season does not reflect the talent of this team. One of the reasons UNM has lost over 20 games is due to the fact of the strength of schedule head coach Ray Birmingham put together. Thus far, UNM has played three conference leaders (Creighton-Missouri Valley, Gonzaga-West Coast and TCU-MWC), seven 20 win teams (Arizona, Arizona State, Creighton, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech) and six teams ranked in the top-30 (Arizona, Arizona State, Gonzaga, New Mexico State Oklahoma State and TCU), with Creighton receiving votes. The bleeding doesn't stop there for the Lobos, however, as they still have No. 10 Oklahoma on the schedule. Coach Birmingham is a believer in if you want to be the best you have to play the best, making no excuses for his team as he truly believes his youthful Lobo squad can hang with the best once they have gotten the experience. The Lobos came into the year with only one position player, shortstop Alex Allbritton, having any Division I experience.

STREAKY HITTERS ... The Lobos have seven players on this year's squad whom, at one point in the season, had hitting streaks of eight games or better. Mitchell Garver and Luke Campbell have the best current hitting streaks going with Garver having hit safely in his last nine and Campbell in his last eight.

FORMER LOBO YOUNG MAKES BRAVES BIG LEAGUE ROSTER ... From undrafted free agent out of UNM to a player on a big league roster, Matt Young has come a long way and deserves the shot he has earned. The Atlanta Braves are very excited about the prospect of Matt Young serving as a backup center fielder to Nate McLouth. Young caught the big league club's attention in 2008 when he hit .289 with 30 stolen bases for Double-A Mississippi. He had similar success in 2009 with Triple-A Gwinnett, as he hit .300 with 42 stolen bases. This will be Young's first stint in the majors, as he has spent the past six seasons in the minor leagues. "It was all kind of a blur," Young said about making the club. "I don't remember what skip said, I just kind of had my head down and was smiling the whole time."

FORMER LOBO PACHECO MAKING MOST OF OPPORTUNITY WITH ROCKIES ... Former Lobo Jordan Pacheco had been turning heads in the Colorado Rockies spring camp this season. Pacheco made quite an impression this spring, as he had a strong push in making the Rockies opening day roster. In 16 games this spring, Pacheco batted .288 with eight RBIs and five runs scored. Pacheco just missed making the roster, however, as he found out March 27 that he would be optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin the season. It's still a great accomplishment for the former MWC Player of the Year, as he was slated to begin the season in Double-A on the Tulsa Drillers.

LOBO BASEBALL TV SCHEDULE ... The Lobo baseball team will have three games televised this season. New Mexico will appear on the MountainWest Sports Network for the three-game series at TCU, April 8-10.

LOBOS ANNOUNCES BROADCAST SCHEDULE ... The University of New Mexico and ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team have reached an agreement to broadcast Lobo baseball. All future dates are posted on the schedule page on GoLobos.com.
30-WIN SEASONS ...
The Lobos are averaging 36 wins per year during the last three years under Ray Birmingham...it's the most wins in a three-year period in school history...in 2010, New Mexico had the third highest wins in program history...the most wins in a season by the Lobos is 42 in 1985.

BIRMINGHAM ELECTED TO NJCAA HALL OF FAME ... The University of New Mexico head baseball coach Ray Birmingham was recently named a member of the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association released this notification Jan. 21. Birmingham is one of three legendary coaches to receive the nod. Birmingham spent 19 successful years as head baseball coach at New Mexico Junior College. He enters his fourth year at UNM as baseball head coach. Birmingham guided UNM to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 48 years last season. During his 19 seasons at NMJC he amassed a career mark of 765-255-2. He was named the WJCAC Coach of the Year several times (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005 - 2007), Region 5 Coach of the Year twice (2005, 2007) and was crowned the NJCAA Division I Coach of the Year in 2005. He guided the Thunderbirds to six conference titles, two Region 5 Championships and two appearances at the NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series where his clubs finished as national champions in 2005 and runner-up in 2007.

LOBOS DRAFTED ... The New Mexico baseball team has seven student-athletes that have been drafted by Major League Baseball. During Birmingham's tenure at UNM, New Mexico has had 13 players drafted and 16 have played professional baseball. UNM had a record six players drafted in 2009. The current Lobos who have been drafted are; Austin House (Texas), Alexis Garza (Houston), Gera Sanchez (Texas), Sam Wilson (Texas), DJ Peterson (Tampa), Jake McCasland (San Francisco) and Cory Maltz (Tampa Bay).

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