Lobos Visit Texas State For Three-game Series
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 9, 2006

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UP NEXT FOR THE LOBOS: The New Mexico baseball team plays in its first three-game series of the year this weekend as it travels to San Marcos, Texas to take on Texas State at Bobcat Field.The games on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 are scheduled for 3 p.m. Central Time starts while Sunday's first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Live stats are provdided by CSTV's Gametracker for all three games via the Lobos official website, www.GoLobos.com.

UNM is projecting senior Nate Melek will get his first start as a Lobo on Friday. Melek should face Scott Moore, who has a 10.80 ERA after throwing 3.1 innings for 11 hits, five runs (four earned), one walks and four strikeouts. Senior Darren Coltrinari is expected to start on Saturday for the Lobos, facing Ryan Bennett, who has a 2.08 ERA. Both teams have yet to announce starting pitchers for Sunday's contest.

UNM VS. TSU, THE SERIES: UNM hosted Texas State in a three-game series last year for the inaugural meeting of the two programs. New Mexico claimed game one, 19-5, after an 11-run seventh inning. Texas State rebounded with a 10-6 win in game two thanks to a five-run first inning. The Bobcats won the series, taking game three 9-2.

LEADING THE LOBOS: Sophomore Jordan Pacheco picked up right where he left off, hitting .667 to lead the Lobos. Pacheco is tied for the team lead in hits (2) with junior Chris Dabbs and places in a five-way tie at first for RBI (1).Dabbs holds the second best batting average (.500) and is in a four-way tie for the most at bats (4). Senior Ryan Barba leads the team in runs scored (2) and walks (2). Overall, the team in hitting .290 with nine hits, five runs scored, five RBI, four walks and two stolen basebs.

Junior Danny Ray Herrera wasted no time earning his first win of the season. Last year's MWC winningest pitcher threw 7.1 innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts for a 3.68 ERA. Freshman Chace Lankford threw 1.2 innings of relief in his first collegiate appearance. Lankford gave up one hit while fanning two for a perfect ERA. Overall, the team's ERA is 3.00.

SCOUTING TEXAS STATE: Texas State started its season last weekend with three games at Texas-Pan American's tournament. The Bobcats fell 7-6 to Oklahoma after giving up their 6-5 lead in the sixth. The next day, Gonzaga downed TSU, 8-4, despite being out-hit, 11-10. Texas-Pan American slowly chipped away at an early 5-0 TSU lead, winning 6-5.

As a team, the Bobcats are hitting .300 while their opponents average .344. Heath Keel has the highest average for starters (.462) with a team-high six hits, 13 at bats and two steals. He is tied for the team lead in runs scored (3) with Pat Crumpton and with cody Merrell in RBI (3). Two other starters, Jared Bunn (.429) and Thomas Field (.417), are hitting over .300.

Texas State holds a 6.84 ERA compared to their opponents' average of 4.33. Their starters, Ryan Bennett (2.08), Scott Moore (10.80) and Dan Donaldson (11.25), have pitched a combine 11.1 innings. Jarod Garza and Kyle Perry have the best ERA (0.00) after one appearance each. Garza allowed no hits or runs while walking one and striking out two in 2.1 innings. Perry allowed one hit and one walk in 1.0 inning.

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT: The New Mexico baseball team launched the 2006 season with a 5-3 win over New Mexico State at Askew Field Tuesday afternoon. The win ended the Lobos' three-game losing streak to the Aggies and was their first season-opening win since 2003.

New Mexico State got on the board first with one run in the second inning. With two outs and runners at first and third, Brandon Lance singled up the middle as Patrick Fields scored.

The Lobos rallied with a three-run third that started with a walk to senior Ryan Barba on four straight pitches. Sophomore Jordan Pacheco followed with a single to left, moving Barba to second. With a full count, junior Jay Russell singled to center, picking up the RBI as Barba scored. Junior Chris Carlson laced an RBI single to center, bringing home Pacheco. Russell scored the third run of the inning on a two-out single to right from junior Matt Foote.

Lance and Fields gave the Aggies another run in the fifth as Fields scored on a two-out single up the middle from Lance.

Foote pushed the lead back to two in the eight after being hit by a pitch, reaching second on a fielder's choice, stealing third and then scoring on a single from junior Chris Dabbs.

The Aggies stayed in the game, putting another run on the board in the bottom of the eighth as Vince Rodden scored on a wild pitch.

Pacheco and Barba sealed the win for New Mexico, adding the final run in the ninth. Barba drew a full-count walk and stole second. Pacheco followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Junior Danny Ray Herrera earned the win, going 7.1 innings for eight hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Chace Lankford earned his first collegiate save, allowing just one hit while fanning two in 1.2 innings. NMSU's Dillon Smith suffered the loss, throwing 6.0 innings for five hits, three runs, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the plate, Pacheco led the Lobos going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Dabbs was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Barba was 0-for-2 with two runs scored. Aguirre led the Aggies with a 3-for-4 performance while Fields was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

KDEF 1150 AM TO BROADCAST LOBO BASEBALL FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON: For the third straight season, Albuquerque radio station KDEF will supply exclusive broadcasts of Lobo baseball on 1150 AM and throughout the world at www.GoLobos.com. All of the team's 29 home games will be broadcast live.

Henry Tafoya will call the play-by-play for the Lobos, while Dan Rivera and Mike Foote will provide analysis. It also marks the third straight season for the trio calling Lobo baseball. Prior to each broadcast, there will be a 15 minute pre-game show. A post-game show with interviews will follow at the conclusion of each game.

In addition to the broadcasts, all of New Mexico's home games can be followed live on the internet at www.GoLobos.com with Gametracker. Gametracker takes official statistics from the press box and provides up-to-the-minute information for users, including updated team and individual stats, an updated box score, and play-by-play. Gametracker can be accessed on the right side of UNM's home page in the upcoming events box.