April 11, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos finally come back home after playing their last eight games on the road. The Lobos went 1-7 on the road trip, taking a game from No. 15 TCU.
UNM looks forward to a five-game home set, beginning with games against Texas Tech April 12, 13. 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 Arizona, Gonzaga and TCU. UNM looks to get back into the win cloumn as they come back home to take on Texas Tech in a two-game series.
PLAYING THE CREAM OF THE CROP ... The Lobos 10-22 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 four conference leaders (Arizona State-Big 12, Creighton-Missouri Valley and Gonzaga-West Coast, TCU-MWC), six 20 win teams (Arizona, Arizona State, Creighton, New Mexico State and Oklahoma State, TCU) and six teams ranked in the top-30 (Arizona, Arizona State, Creighton, New Mexico State Oklahoma State and TCU), with Creighton also 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.
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 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 Gonzaga in a three game series. Sophomore catcher Mitchell Garver had a nice showing in the series, as his bat continues to stay hot. For the series Garver batted .600 while scoring two runs and pounding out two doubles.
ON THE HORIZON ... UNM will be back home as the Lobos battle the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a two-game series, beginning at noon MT April 12. UNM will stay home to face Utah for a three-game weekend series against the Utes beginning April 15.
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.