April 25, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos' baseball squad is set to face Texas Tech in a two-game midweek series beginning at 5 p.m. MT April 26. Sophomore pitcher Austin House (0-1, 6.33 ERA) is slated to start the game for the Lobos. Both games can be heard live on ESPN Radio 101.7 The TEAM.
The Lobos continue on their eight-game road trip after taking two of three from BYU in Provo, Utah, April 21-23. UNM travels to Lubbock, Texas, for a two-game midweek afair with Texas Tech April 26 and 27. Tech took the first two contests over the Lobos earlier this year in Albuquerque, N.M.
With only one senior on this year's roster, UNM is young and talented, but has struggled this season. The Lobos look to ride the momentum they built in the BYU series as they head into the series with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
THE SERIES ... UNM trails in the all-time series against TTU.
Series Record: 35-61-1
Home: 19-20-1; Away: 16-41
LAST SERIES: The Lobos took two of three from BYU in a three-game conference series. The Lobos starting pitching looked fantastic as Rudy Jaramillo gave up just two runs in a complete game on April 21, while Richard Olson gave up just one run in a complete-game in which the Lobos lost 1-0 April 23.
ON THE HORIZON ... UNM will be on the road once again as the Lobos battle the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a two-game midweek series, beginning at 5 p.m. MT, April 26.
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.
PLAYING THE CREAM OF THE CROP ... The Lobos 12-28 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 two conference leaders (Creighton-Missouri Valley and TCU-MWC), nine 20-win teams (Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Creighton, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, TCU, UNLV and Texas Tech) and four teams ranked in the top-30 (Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and TCU). 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.
STREAKY HITTERS ... The Lobos have seven players on this year's squad whom, at one point in the season, had hitting streaks of eight games or better. Luke Campbell and Alex Allbritton have the best current hitting streaks, with Campbell having hit safely in his last 14 and Allbritton in his last seven.
FORMER LOBOS GAINING STEAM IN PRO BALL ...
Matt Young: From undrafted free agent out of UNM to a player on a big league roster, 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."
Jordan Pacheco: Former Lobo 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.
Brian Cavazos GALVES: Former Lobo Galvez got promoted within the Los Angeles Dogers' system to Double-A Chattanooga. In 2009, he earned the Most Valuable Player Award in the Pioneer League after leading the league in hits, runs, doubles and home runs. Last year for Single-A Great Lakes, he hit .318 while racking up 43 stolen bases, 76 runs, 43 doubles, 16 home runs and 77 RBI in 121 games.
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 ANNOUNCE 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 can be seen on GoLobos.com