Lobos Hunt For First Win Of The Season Against Texas Tech
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/25/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 25, 2006

UP NEXT FOR THE LOBOS: New Mexico, 27-14 overall and 9-4 in the Mountain West Conference, will take its fourth stab at a victory over a Big 12 Conference member, making its final appearance at Texas Tech this season. So far, the Lobos are 0-2 vs. Texas Tech and 0-1 vs. Oklahoma this season. The game, starting at 3 p.m. CT, is available via CSTV's GameTracker at the Lobos' official website: www.GoLobos.com.

The Lobos are two games into a six-game non-conference road trip. After playing eighth-ranked Oklahoma yesterday, they visit Texas Tech, which has received votes earlier in the season. Friday and Sunday they will resume the season series with No. 7 Oregon State and play a game on Saturday with Cal Poly, which has received votes this season.

NEW MEXICO VS. TEXAS TECH, THE SERIES: The Lobos and the Red Raiders have already met twice this year, resulting in an 8-7 loss in 10 innings on Valentine's Day at Isotopes Park and a 14-7 loss at Dan Law Field in Lubbock.

Texas Tech holds a 49-30-1 series lead over New Mexico, winning six in a row and nine of the last 12. Of the last 12 however, only three have been played in Albuquerque, with the Lobos winning two (4-1, 3/16/04 and 13-11, 4/15/03). The last time New Mexico won in Lubbock was Feb. 2, 2003, 9-6. For the series, Texas Tech is 32-16-1 in Albuquerque and 35-14 in Lubbock.

The series will conclude in Albuquerque on Wednesday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in Isotopes Park.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders are 26-17-1 overall and 6-10-1 in the Big 12 Conference. They are on a three-game losing streak after being swept at home by Oklahoma. Despite those losses, they are still 18-8-1 at Dan Law Field.

Hitting .326 as a team thank to all 10 starters hitting over .300, Texas Tech is led by Brian Capps, Matt Smith and Roger Kieschnick. Capps has a team-high .385 batting average and three triples. Smith, hitting .376, leads the team in doubles (14), home runs (7) and walks (24). Keischnick is hitting .372 and leads TTU in runs (46), hits (68), RBI (48) and strikeouts (33).

Miles Morgan has been the ace of a pitching staff with a 4.53 team ERA. Morgan, whose ERA is 3.79, is 5-5 in 13 starts with three complete games. He has thrown 80.2 innings and struck out 90 while walking just 20. Eight other Red Raiders have made starts for TTU.

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT: New Mexico's 7-6 lead was erased in the bottom of the sixth as eighth-ranked Oklahoma scored 10 runs on its way to a 18-9 victory over the Lobos Monday afternoon. The Sooners' 10 runs on eight hits, were just too much for the Lobos to overcome, dropping them to 27-14 overall.

The Lobos hung with the Sooners early, trailing by three (6-3) after two. Junior designated hitter Chris Carlson hit his 17th home run of the season to put UNM up 1-0 in the first and junior right fielder Chris Dabbs singled to right, allowing two runs to score in the second.

With the bases loaded in the third, freshman Aaron Bates came in and shut down OU, getting out of the inning. Bates held the Sooners hitless in the fourth to keep the Lobos in the game.

Sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco doubled to center with runners at first and second in the fifth, driving in two runs. Junior left fielder Jay Russell followed with a single to left, moving Pacheco to third. With just one out, Carlson's fly to center was deep enough for Pacheco to tag up and score, evening the game at 6.

One inning later, junior center fielder Matt Foote led off with a double and then stole third. With two outs, this week's Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, senior Ryan Barba, singled to right, bringing home Foote for a 7-6 lead.

Barba and sophomore catcher Drew McDonald both finished 2-for-3 while Russell, Carlson, Foote and Hollick all went 2-for-4. Pacheco and Carlson drove in a team-high two runs while McDonald scored twice to lead UNM. Chuckie Caufield and Kody Kaiser led OU, going 3-for-4 with three runs and a RBI and 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, respectively.

Bates suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs, seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 3 innings. Junior Sean McKee was the only Lobo to hold the Sooners scoreless, allowing two hits and two walks with a strikeout in 1.1 innings. John Brownell improved to 3-0 with the win, throwing a perfect 0.1 inning.