March 21, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. - The Lobos return to Isotopes Park to host a pair of games that will take place 6 p.m. MT Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday against the Binghamton Bearcats. The Lobos get back to Mountain West action this weekend, as the Running Rebels of UNLV come to Albuquerque for a three game series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 26.
UNM is 3-6 at home this year and looks to improve on that record versus the Bearcats. The Lobos are coming off their first road win of the season as they defeated San Diego State by a score of 6-4 on March 20.
UNM is young and talented, but is off to a slow start this season. The Lobos won their first game after dropping the previous six contests. UNM is looking forward to being at home as the March 22 matchup against Binghamton is the first of five straight home games for the Lobos.
FORMER LOBO PACHECO MAKING MOST OF OPPORTUNITY WITH ROCKIES ... Former Lobo Jordan Pacheco has been turning heads in the Colorado Rockies spring camp this season. With an injury to last season's starting third baseman Ian Stewart, Pa- checo has seen the odds of him making the opening day roster increase.
Through 12 spring games, Pacheco is batting .348 and is second on the team in RBIs with eight. He also has seen the most time of any catcher on the Rockies' roster having played in 12 of 18 games.
Thanks to his great offensive output, Pacheco has a legitimate shot at making the team as the Rockies' third catcher behind starter Chris Iannetta and backup Jose Morales. Rockies General Manager Dan O'Dowd has called Pacheco a `gifted hitter.'
Pacheco is an interesting prospect because he switched positions after turning pro. He was a middle infielder at UNM, and has since made the switch to catcher while in the Rock- ies' organization. The fact he is versatile and can play other positions only strengthens his case to make the team.
Pacheco, who was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year in 2007 for the Lo- bos, would be making the leap from Double-A, if he makes the opening day roster.
LAST SERIES: The Lobos won one game in a three game series against the San Diego State Aztecs. The series was the Mountain West Conference opener for the both teams. In New Mexico's victory, the Lobos won the game by a score of 6-4. Rudy Jaramillo got the victory in the game as he threw for six innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits and striking out six. DJ Peterson came up big with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, as he smacked a three-run doubled to left center. The victory was the first road and first confer- ence wins for the Lobos this season.
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 home all week beginning with Binghamton at 6 p.m. MT on Tuesday and 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Lobos follow up the Binghamton series with a three game conference series against the UNLV Rebels beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
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 ESPNRadio101.7 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.