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Lobo Baseball to Face No. 1 Texas in Austin
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/17/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 17, 2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team starts the season at preseason No. 1 Texas in Austin on Feb. 19-21. This is the first time in school history that the Lobos have opened up the season playing the number one team in the nation. The game against the Longhorns also marks the first time the Lobos have faced Texas.

The Lobos will stay in the state of Texas for a single game with Texas Tech on Feb. 23.

SCOUTING THE NO. 1 LONGHORNS

The tall task ahead for the Lobos takes form in the Longhorns pitching staff. According to the probable rotation The Lobos will face sophomore right-hander Taylor Jungmann on Friday, junior right-hander Brandon Workman on Saturday and right-handed sophomore Austin Dicharry on Sunday.

Jungmann made four apperences in the College World Series last season. He went 3-0 and struck out 15 batters over 15.1 innings pitched. Jungmann was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team. Workman pitched a no-hitter on March 1, 2009 against Penn State. Dicharry went 8-2 last season and was named to the Pro-Line Athletic Freshman All-America team.

The Longhorns return 19 letterwinners from last year's College World Series runner-up squad. All four starting pitchers from last year's team return for Texas.

SERIES HISTORY

This will be the first time in school history that the Lobos have faced the Texas Longhorns.

LOBO BASEBALL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH 101.7 THE TEAM

The University of New Mexico baseball team and Lobo Sports Properties are proud to announce 101.7 The TEAM (KQTM FM) as its radio partner for the 2010 season. For the first time in program history, Lobo baseball will be featured on FM radio. The TEAM will carry 26 games from Isotopes Park and on the road. The first broadcast will be Feb. 19-21 as the Lobos take on preseason No.1 Texas in Austin.

Calling the action for Lobo home games will be Lobo football and men's basketball play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti. Galetti has covered Lobo athletics for the last two years and previously called baseball for Long Beach State University and the High Desert Mavericks, the single-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Of the 26 games to be broadcast on 101.7 The TEAM, 16 will be from the friendly confines of Isotopes Park. The broadcasts will feature key home series with in-state rival New Mexico State (March 9-10), Louisiana Tech (March 14), Utah (March 19-21), San Diego State (March 26-28), BYU (April 8-10), San Francisco (April 20) and TCU (May 7-9).

Fans also will be able to follow the Lobos on the road. Series with preseason No. 1 Texas (Feb. 19-21), San Diego State (April 30-May 2), Utah (May 20-22) and the Mountain West Tournament from San Diego, Calif. (May 25-29) also will be available.

LOBOS RECEIVE VOTES IN PRESEASON POLL

The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team is receiving votes in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper Top 40 Pre-season Poll. The Lobos finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 37-20 and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico returns five starters in the field and five starting pitchers. The Lobos' first opponent of the 2010 season, and 2009 national runner-up, Texas is ranked No. 1 in the poll. 2009 MWC champion TCU is 15th while San Diego State also received votes.

LOBOS PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team was picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll as announced by the conference. TCU was picked to finish first and received all 10 first-place votes. San Diego State and Utah, 2009 NCAA Regional qualifiers, were picked third and fourth, respectively. BYU was picked to finish fifth, UNLV sixth and Air Force seventh.

In each of the last two seasons New Mexico has finished above its predicted finish in the preseason poll. New Mexico was picked fifth in the 2009 preseason poll and finished second for the second straight year. In 2008 the Lobos were picked to finish fourth in the conference and ended the season in second place.

THREE LOBOS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Senior Max Willett, junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda and junior Ryan Honeycutt were selected to the All-MWC Preseason team. The Lobos and San Diego State landed the most players on the All-MWC team with three each.

THE SCHEDULE

Head coach Ray Birmingham and his staff have put together one of the toughest schedules in school history for the 2010 season. The Lobos play three teams ranked in Baseball American's preseason Top-25, two College World Series participants and five NCAA Regional participants. New Mexico will take on preseason No. 1 Texas on Feb. 19-21, preseason No. 17 Arkansas on April 13-14 and preseason No.11 and favorite to win the MWC regular season championship TCU on May 7-9.

NEDA NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

Junior catcher Rafael Neda has been named to the Louisville Slugger, Ping!baseball and Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-American teams. Neda hit .415 last season with seven home runs and 49 RBIs. For the second straight season, Neda was named to the 2009 All-MWC team. Born in Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Neda will be the anchor of the defense and a true leader on the team.

THREE LOBOS NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS

Seniors Max Willett and Adam Courcha and junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda were selected by their teammates as captains for the 2010 season. Willett is serving his second term as captain and along with Neda are the lone two returning All-MWC performers. Courcha is the definition of a utility player. Over his three-year career he has played viturally every position and will play third base this season.
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