Sept. 29, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The past met the present today as the University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team beat the Lobo Alumni, 10-2, at Isotopes Park. The 2008 Lobos got seven runs in the third inning, including back-to-back-to-back home runs by Derek Pilkington, Max Willett, and Mike Brownstein.
"This has been an awesome day, a great day," said Lobo baseball coach Ray Birmingham. "We've had a great alumni turnout and it is only going to get bigger and better."
Over 40 Lobo baseball alumni participated in the annual Alumni Game, while even more enjoyed themselves from the stands. Alums were treated to a special Happy Hour at Coaches Sports Grill on Thursday night and participated in a scramble golf tournament on Friday at Santa Ana Golf Course. Tailgating and the UNM-BYU football game will cap off the Alumni Weekend festivities.
Prior to the start of the Alumni Game, special presentations were made to former Lobo head coach Rich Alday and former Lobo Ernie Blackstone. Alday, who stepped down in May, is the Lobos' winningest coach with over 500 wins at New Mexico and continues to work for the Lobos Athletics Department. Blackstone was the driving force behind the Alumni Weekend, organizing each event.
The Lobo Alumni sent six different pitchers to the mound with Cooper Eddy (2004), Jeff Perez (2000-01), and Kiel Higgins (1979-82) holding the Lobos scoreless in the second, fifth and sixth innings.
The oldest alum to make an appearance in the game was James Economides from 1957.
The 2008 Lobo baseball season will begin on Friday, Feb. 22, against Eastern Michigan.