Aug. 16, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Several New Mexico baseball players participated in summer leagues across the country the past few months in preparation for the 2006 season. All of the leagues are NCAA sanctioned and use wooden bats.
Six Lobos played in the Northwoods League in the Midwest. Ryan Barba and Darren Coltrinari played for the Alexandria Beetles, Jordan Pacheco and Danny Ray Herrera played for the La Crosse Loggers, Ian Hollick played for the Eau Claire Express and Daniel Stovall played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
Barba, who started at shortstop for the Lobos in 2005, hit .212 with four homers and 10 RBI in 32 games. Coltrinari was a conference starter this past season and was second on the team with seven wins. At Alexandria, Coltrinari posted a 5-5 record with a 5.62 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 75.1 innings pitched, including 12 starts.
Pacheco had an outstanding freshman season at second base for UNM, racking up numerous accolades, including third-team All-America honors. The Albuquerque product continued his hot hitting at La Crosse, collecting a .286 average, good for second on the team. In 61 games, Pacheco delivered two homers, 13 doubles, 24 runs, 33 RBI and 66 hits.
Herrera was equally impressive for the Loggers, going 5-1 with a 3.13 ERA in seven appearances. The lefty struck out 31 batters in 46.0 innings of work, and opponents hit a meager .201 against him.
Hollick played in 51 games at third base for the Eau Claire Express, batting .212 with five doubles and 19 RBI. Stovall played just the beginning portion of the season for the Wisconsin Woodchucks, collecting two hits in eight games of action.
Jackie Smith, a left-handed relief pitcher, helped lead the Denton Outlaws to the Texas Collegiate League championship. Smith was a perfect 3-0 with 13 strikeouts in his 12 appearances for the Outlaws.
Fellow lefty Bobby Moore pitched 39.0 innings for the Woodstock River Bandits in the Valley League located in Virginia. Moore went 1-3 with 39 strikeouts and a 5.31 ERA in 14 appearances.