Lobos' Final Series Before MWC Tournament This Weekend At Isotopes Park
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/17/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 17, 2006

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UP NEXT FOR THE LOBOS: New Mexico, 28-24 overall and 10-9 in the Mountain West Conference, concludes the regular season this weekend with a three-game series against conference-leader, TCU (32-21, 14-5 MWC). All three games, Thursday-Saturday, are at 12 p.m. at Isotopes Park.

Saturday, the Lobos host Fan Fiesta Day sponsored by MVP Baseball/Softball Academy, Comcast and 610 the Sports Animal. All tickets are just $2 and the first 500 fans will receive a free giveaway. There will be inflatable games for the children and the Ambrose Alday Scholarship Fund Memorabilia Auction will be on the concourse at Isotopes Park.

CSTV's Gametracker is available for all three games on the Lobos' official website, www.GoLobos.com. Dan Rivera and Mike Foote will have the call locally on KDEF 1150 AM and online via Yahoo at New Mexico's athletic website.

Senior right-handed pitcher Jesse Perez (2-2, 8.34 ERA) is staying in the opening slot, going Thursday for the Lobos vs. Jake Arrieta (11-4, 2.21 ERA). Junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera (9-0, 2.36 ERA) is slated to throw Friday vs. Brad Furnish (6-5, 4.55 ERA) and senior righty Nate Melek (5-6, 7.63 ERA) should pitch on Saturday vs. Sam Demel (5-5, 3.08 ERA).

NEW MEXICO VS. TCU, THE SERIES: TCU, in its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference, and New Mexico have a brief history. The two teams met for the first time in March of 1988 with New Mexico winning three of four in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs made their first appearance in Albuquerque was April, 1997, taking two of three over the Lobos. Overall, TCU holds a 14-7 series advantage, winning three in a row and seven of the last eight. The Lobos are 3-6 vs. the Horned Frogs in Albuquerque and 4-8 in Fort Worth. Below are some series notes:

Series Record: 7-14
Home: 3-6
Away: 4-8
Neutral: 0-0
Last series win: 3/18-19, 1988
Last series loss: 3/12-14, 2004
Last home series win: Never
Last home series loss: 3/19-21, 1999
Last road series win: 3/18-19, 1988
Last road series loss: 3/12-14, 2004
Last UNM series sweep: Never
Last time swept: 3/12-14, 2004
Last 10 games: 3-7
Alday vs. TCU: 4-13
Longest UNM win streak: 3 (3/19/88)
Longest UNM losing streak: 4 (twice)
Last UNM win: 3/21/99 (17-16)
Last UNM loss: 3/14/04 (5-1)
Last UNM home win: 3/21/99 (17-16)
Last UNM home loss: 3/20/99 (4-3)
Last UNM road win: 3/7/98 (9-2)
Last UNM road loss: 3/14/04 (5-1)
Last UNM shutout win: Never
Last UNM shutout loss: 3/12/04 (2-0)
Highest scoring game: 33 (W, 17-16, 3/21/99)
Largest margin of victory: 10 (4/27/97, 12-2)
Largest margin of defeat: 13 (3/18/88, 15-2)
Most runs by UNM: 17 (W, 3/21/99, 17-16)
Most runs by TCU: 16 (L, 3/21/99, 17-16)
UNM in one-run games: 1-3
Last Series Meeting
3/12/04 Fort Worth, Texas - L, 2-0
3/14/04 Fort Worth, Texas - L, 11-3
3/14/04 Fort Worth, Texas - L, 5-1

Comcast is one of the three sponsors of Fan Fiesta Day.

SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS: TCU, 32-21 overall and 14-5 in the Mountain West Conference, is on a four-game win streak and has won six of its last seven games. The Horned Frogs are 7-8 on the road this season. They are hitting .295 as a team with a 4.16 ERA and a .968 fielding percentage.

Five of TCU's everyday players are hitting over .300, led by Chad Huffman and Bryan Kervin. Huffman leads the team in runs (46), doubles (15), home runs (13), RBI (52) and walks (32). Kervin, hitting .329, leads the team in hits with 71 and has more multiple-hit games (22) than any other teammate. Corey Steglich is hitting just .272 but has a current team-high 10-game hit streak.

Jake Arrieta and Brad Furnish are the stars of TCU's starting rotation. Arrieta has a team-low 2.21 ERA, has started more games than any other Horned Frog pitcher and leads the team in innings pitched (89.2) and wins (11). Furnish, 6-5 with a 4.55 ERA, has thrown a team-high two complete games and leads the team in strikeouts (109) over 85 innings. Donald Furrow has the team's best ERA out of the bullpen at 2.73. Furrow is 2-0 with one start and one save, striking out 29 with just 14 walks in 33 innings. Omar Arif, 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA, has three saves and 26 strikeouts in 36.1 innings, the most of non-starting TCU pitchers.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT IN LAS VEGAS: The 2006 Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship will be hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas from May 23-27. All seven MWC teams will compete in the double-elimination tournament and seedings will be determined by regular-season results in conference games. Tickets are $10 per game or a tournament pass can be purchased for $60.

The MWC Championship will take place at 3,000-seat Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium at Roger Barnson Field. The park dimensions are 335 feet down the left and right field lines, 375 feet in the power alleys, and 400 feet to straightaway centerfield.

UNLV has won the last three MWC Tournaments. BYU won the title in 2001 and 2002 while San Diego State claimed the first one in 2000. The Lobos are 6-12 at the conference tournament, earning the No. 1 seed once, in 2000.

Fan Fiesta Day on Saturday, May 20 is sponsored by MVP Baseball/Softball Academy.

IN THE NATION: Once again, the Lobos are one of the best teams in the nation statistically. Through May 14, New Mexico leads the nation in double plays, turning 66 total for a 1.27 per game average. The Lobos are eighth in runs per game, averaging 8.6. UNM is also ranked in slugging percentage (.499, 13th), home runs per game (1.19, 14th), doubles per game (2.27, 18th) and batting average (.320, 26th).

Individually, the Lobos are thriving as well. Junior first baseman/designated hitter Chris Carlson is ranked in the most categories for New Mexico. Carlson is 10th in home runs (0.37 pg), 13th in RBI (1.31 pg) and 40th in slugging percentage (.684). Junior first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Stovall makes the list in two spots, 10th in doubles (0.44 pg) and 16th in RBI (1.29 pg). Sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco also appears twice, fifth in the nation in runs per game (1.33) and 43rd in doubles (0.38. Junior pitcher Danny Ray Herrera, junior center fielder Matt Foote and junior left fielder Jay Russell place in the top-50, coming in at 11th in victories (9), 31st in times hit by a pitch (0.35 pg) and 42nd in sacrifice hits (0.24 pg), respectively.

RACING TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: The Lobos cannot finish first in the race for the Mountain West Conference regular season title but they are still fighting for a high seed at the championships next week in Las Vegas. The Lobos are 10-9 in the MWC, currently placing them fourth behind TCU (14-5), San Diego State(14-8) and BYU (11-8). If the Lobos sweep the series with TCU, the best they can finish is third at 13-9, which would be 1 game behind TCU and San Diego State, who would finish 14-8 overall.

THE BEST IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST: As a team, the Lobos rank No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference in 11 different categories. They have the best batting average (.320) and slugging percentage (.529) and the most runs scored (449), hits (605), RBI (421), doubles (118), home runs (62), total bases (945), times hit by a pitch (65), most assists (641) and most double plays turned (66).

Individually, the Lobos claim the top spot in 12 categories. Junior designated hitter/first baseman Chris Carlson leads the most with three, holding the top spot in RBI (68), home runs (19) and sacrifice flies (9). Junior first baseman/designated hitter, junior center fielder Matt Foote and junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera hold two top spots currently. Stovall is the conference leader in doubles (23) and double plays turned (48), Foote leads in times hit by a pitch (18) and fielding percentage (1.000) while Herrera leads the MWC in innings pitched (118.1) and games started (15). Sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco leads the MWC in runs (69), junior left fielder Jay Russell leads in sacrifice hits (12) and senior shortstop Ryan Barba leads in assists (179).

610 the Sports Animal is sponsoring Fan Fiesta Day at 12 p.m. Saturday vs. TCU.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH: Junior Danny Ray Herrera is one of 10 finalists in the CSTV Player of the Year race. Currently Herrera, who is one of seven pitchers on the list, is in eighth place with 18 votes. Keep track of the race on the Lobos' official website: www.GoLobos.com.

IF I WAS A GAMBLING MAN: If I was a gambler, here is who I would be betting on:
When the Lobos are facing a left handed pitcher, freshman Zach Arnett has had the most success, going 5-for-9 (.556) with two RBI. Junior Chris Carlson has driven in the most runs vs. lefties, with 19, including a team-high six home runs for a .412 batting average. Sophomore Jordan Pacheco has the most hits off of southpaws, going 22-for-48, hitting .458.

Against righties, sophomore Ian Hollick has the best average, hitting .379. Junior Daniel Stovall has a team high 58 hits and 49 RBI with a .319 average.

Pacheco leads off an inning in every game as New Mexico's first hitter. He has a .338 average when leading off an inning on a team-high 27 hits. However, Stovall has the best average as a leadoff hitter, going 14-for-41 (.341).

When it comes to runners on base, I would want Pacheco, Carlson or Stovall at the plate. Pacheco has the best average (.451) while Stovall has a team-high 47 hits, 62 RBI and 17 doubles. Carlson has homered 11 times with runners on and also drawn 17 walks. With two outs and runners on base, Hollick holds a .512 batting average and leads the team in hits (21). Stovall has a team-high 27 RBI is that situation. With the bases loaded bet heavily on freshman Dane Hamilton or Stovall, who are hitting .667 (2-for-3 with four RBI) and .615 (8-for-13 with 18 RBI), respectively.

ON A ROLL: Junior right fielder Chris Dabbs is on a roll lately, hitting safely in seven straight games. The seven-game hit streak is the Lobos' current long with junior first baseman Daniel Stovall and junior left fielder Jay Russell right behind Dabbs with five-game hit streaks. The team's long for the season was set by bot Stovall and sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco, who both have 15-game hit streaks.

TWO (OR MORE) FOR THE SHOW: Of the 19 Lobos who have had at least one at bat this season, 13 have had at least two multiple-hit games and 13 have also produced multiple-RBI games. Overall, the team has has 115 two-hit, 41 three-hit, 14 four-hit and one five-hit games for a total of 171 multi-hit games. The Lobos have had 53 two-RBI, 29 three-RBI, 15 four-RBI and nine five-RBI games for a total of 106.

Sophomore Jordan Pacheco has a team-high 24 multi-hit games, comprised of 15 two-hit games, five three-hit games and four four-hit games. Junior Daniel Stovall, who has 21 multi-hit games, is the only Lobos with a five-hit game this season.

Junior Chris Carlson leads UNM in multi-RBI games with 19 thanks to eight two-RBI, five three-RBI, four four-RBI and two five-RBI games. Stovall (18) and sophomore Ian Hollick (12) also have two five-RBI games, which is a team-high. Stovall leads the team in four-RBI games with five while Hollick's seven three-RBI games is a team-high. Carlson along with Pacheco lead the team in two-RBI games with eight.