Lobos Gear Up For Road Series Against Gonzaga
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/31/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 31, 2011

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ALBUQUERQUE - The Lobos continue their eight-game road trip after losing both games of their two-game series against No. 18 Arizona.

The Lobos head to Gonzaga for a three-game series from April 1-3, before heading to TCU for a conference battle April 8-10.

With only one senior on this year's roster, UNM is young and talented, but is off to a slow start this season. Before this eight-game road trip began, the Lobos had a six-game winning sreak going that was snapped by Arizona. The Lobos look to get back into the win column as they head into the series with the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

• THE SERIES ... UNM leads the all-time series against Gonzaga.
Series Record: 2-0 Home: 0-0; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 2-0

• 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.

THE REVIVAL OF ALLBRITTON AND EMERGENCE OF PETERSON ... Sophomore shortstop Alex Allbritton and freshman first baseman DJ Peterson are each in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak, but how each got there is a tale of two different paths. Allbritton, UNM's only returning position player with any Division I experience, had a slow start to the season, especially on the offensive end. Before his streak began, Allbritton was batting just .164 to go along with 2 RBIs and one extra base hit in 16 games of work. During the streak, Allbritton has an average of .361 to go along with 10 RBIs and four extra base hits. After working on his swing with coach Birmingham, DJ Peterson has become fearsome at the dish. Peterson struggled a little in his first five games, but since then he has been great for the Lobos. Before putting together his current nine-game hitting streak, Peterson had a seven-game hitting streak earlier in the season. During this current streak, Peterson is batting .342 with 16 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and three home runs. He garnered MWC Player of the Week as well as CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Player of the Week for the West region, for his performance in games against Binghamton and UNLV from March 21-27.

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.

LAST SERIES: The Lobos were swept by the No. 18 Arizona Wildcats in a two-game series. UNM fought hard and battled in the final game of the series, but lost on a walk-off homer that gave Arizona the game, 10-9. Second baseman Kyle Stiner had himself a nice series, going 6-for-7 with two RBIs and four runs scored.

RIO GRANDE RIVALRY ... New Mexico dropped a 9-4 battle to New Mexico State March 8 in the Rio Grande Rivalry. UNM still leads the Rio Grande Rivalry 18-7.5 with 1.50 points remaining.

ON THE HORIZON ... UNM will be on the road once again as the Lobos battle the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a three-game series, beginning at 7:30 p.m. MT April 1. UNM will travel to TCU for a three-game weekend series against TCU beginning April 8.

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 will be announced at a later time.

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.