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Lobos Host UNLV In Conference Home Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 24, 2011

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ALBUQUERQUE - The Lobos are back at home again after beating Binghamton in two straight games earlier in the week on March 22 and 23rd. UNM is 5-6 at home this year and looks to improve on that record versus the UNLV Rebels. The Lobos are coming off back-to-back-to-back wins; their longest winning streak of the season so far.

UNM is young and talented, but is off to a slow start this season. The Lobos have gotten hot recently, having won three straight games. UNM is looking forward to hosting its first conference series against UNLV. This is the second conference series for the Lobos this year. UNM went 1-2 against SDSU in San Diego, Calif., March 18-20.

LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS

• THE SERIES ... UNLV leads the all-time series over the Lobos.
Series Record: 49-72-0
Home: 24-19; Away: 25-53; Neutral: 0-0

• Known For Their Hitting ... The Lobos have made national news with their bats since Ray Birmingham took over three seasons ago. New Mexico led the nation in hitting in 2009 with a team average of .363. Justin Howard, who was drafted last year, led the country in hitting with a .456 average in `10.

• We Really Are New Mexico ... The 2011 New Mexico baseball team has 10 players from the state of New Mexico.

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, Pacheco 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 Rockies' 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 Lobos, would be making the leap from Double-A, if he makes the opening day roster.

LAST SERIES: The Lobos swept the Binghamton Bearcats in two games played at Isotopes Park on March 22 and 23rd. UNM won the first game 16-2 in a seven inning shortened game. Both coaches agreed to end the game ealry on an agreed upon run rule. UNM won the second game by a score of 5-4. Freshman first baseman DJ Peterson came up huge in both games as he went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the first game and 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the second game. Peterson also notched his first collegiate home run in the second game.

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 this weekend 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 ESPN Radio 101.7 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.

Most Wins in a Season
1. 42 1985 (42-17-2)
2. 41 1980 (41-22-0)
3. 38 2010 (38-22-0)
4. 37 2009 (37-20-0)
   37 1968 (37-13-0)
   37 1979 (37-23-1)
7. 35 1993 (35-21-0)
   35 2000 (35-21-0)
9. 34 1992 (34-25-1)
   34 2003 (34-26-0)
   34 2008 (34-25-0)

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