April 24, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UP NEXT FOR THE LOBOS: The New Mexico baseball team (27-13, 9-4 MWC) visits Oklahoma (32-10) for a single game today at 3 p.m. CT before heading down to face Texas Tech, who was swept by the Sooners in a three-game series this weekend, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT. Junior righty Quentin Andes (2-0, 4.54 ERA) is slated to pitch vs. righty Ryan Mottern (3-1, 4.12 ERA). Live stats are available on Oklahoma's official website: www.SoonerSports.com
The Lobos announced the game at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Friday, April 21. The Sooners' wanted to add the game after losing the series finale with Arizona State on Sunday, March 19. The Lobos also lost a game this season as their home series finale with Oregon State on Sunday, March 12 was cancelled due to weather.
NEW MEXICO VS. OKLAHOMA, THE SERIES: The Sooners have dominated the Lobos in the previous meetings, winning seven of eight. Oklahoma's seven wins were the first seven meetings, starting with a 23-5 loss in 1964. New Mexico won the last meeting, 11-2, in Norman on March 15, 1988.
Overall the Lobos are 47-88 against Big 12 Conference members. They are 0-2 this season with two losses to Texas Tech.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: New Mexico has been scorching of late, winning seven straight full games. Technically the Lobos win streak was snapped with an 11-4 loss to Utah on Saturday, April 22 but only the ninth inning was played to complete a game that started April 2 in San Diego at the MWC Preseason Tournament.
Sophomore Jordan Pacheco has been red-hot lately, hitting safely in the last 12 games. Hitting .374, he leads the team in hits (64) and runs scored (60). Freshman Dane Hamilton has also been on a roll lately, hitting in eight straight games to solidify his spot as the new starting right fielder. Hamilton has the second best batting average on the team at .379 and has a team-high four triples. Sophomore Ian Hollick is still leading the team in hitting (.383) and has drawn a team-high 29 walks. Junior Chris Carlson leads the team in home run (16) and RBI (60).
Junior Danny Ray Herrera is still undefeated at 8-0. Herrera has made 12 starts and thrown three complete games, including one shutout. He has thrown a team-high 95.1 innings and struck out 76, while allowing just 75 hits for 25 runs (22 earned). Herrera's 2.08 is the highest its been since opening day, when he allowed three runs to New Mexico State.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS: Oklahoma is a remarkable 32-10 overall this season, hitting .315 with a 4.49 ERA and .984 fielding percentage. The Sooners have won 10 in a row and 12 of their last 13.
Seven Sooners are currently hitting over .300. Chuckie Caufield holds the best average at .370, leading the team in runs (46), htis (61), doubles (12) and stolen bases (15). Ryan Rohlinger (.364) leads the team in home runs (6) and Kevin Smith (.301) leads the team in RBI (48). Kody Kaiser, hitting .312, tops the team in triples (4) and walks (30).
Steven Guerra and Daniel McCutchen are the two dominant starters for OU. Guerra holds a 3.14 ERA with a 8-1 record, three shutouts and just 15 walks in 71.2 innings. McCutchen is 6-5 with a 3.46 ERA, throwing four complete games for a team-high 88.1 innings and 80 strikeouts.