Lobos Host Texas Tech In Season Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/13/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 13, 2006

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UP NEXT FOR THE LOBOS: The New Mexico baseball team hosts its first home game of the 2006 season. The Lobos, 3-1 overall, take on Texas Tech (3-3) at 3 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Sophomore lefty Bobby Moore is scheduled to make his first start of 2006 for New Mexico while lefty Cory Large is slated to make his first start for Texas Tech. Moore has not made an appearance this season while Large holds a 6.00 ERA, having thrown 3.0 innings in two appearances.

The Lobos enter the game on a two-game win streak while the Red Raiders look to end a three-game losing streak. Dating back to 1966, the Lobos are 27-13 in their first home game of the season.

The game will be broadcast by KDEF 1150 AM in Albuquerque and availble worldwide at www.GoLobos.com for the third straight season. Henry Tafoya will call the play-by-play while Dan Rivera and Mike Foote provide analysis. Gametracker is also available at www.GoLobos.com.

LEADING THE LOBOS: Sophomore Jordan Pacheco picked up right where he left off in 2005, hitting .333 to lead the Lobos. Pacheco is tied for the team lead in hits (4) with junior Chris Carlson and sophomore Ian Hollick. He places in a three-way tie at first for runs scored (3) with junior Matt Foote and senior Ryan Barba. Carlson leads the team in RBI with five. The team is hitting just .202, but have scored more runs (15-10) than their opponents and have twice as many RBI (14-7).

Junior Danny Ray Herrera wasted no time earning his first win of the season. Last year's MWC winningest pitcher threw 7.1 innings at New Mexico State, allowing eight hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts for a 3.68 ERA. Freshman Chace Lankford threw 1.2 innings of relief at NMSU in his first collegiate appearance. Lankford gave up one hit while fanning two for a perfect ERA. He maintained his ERA at Texas State, earning the win in relief on Sunday. Lankford hurled 1.2 innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout. As a team, the Lobos have a 2.19 ERA and have allowed just 10 runs in 37 innings.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH: After sweeping the three-game series at home vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Texas Tech enters Albuquerque on a three-game losing streak. They lost 5-1 to Rice on Feb. 10, 6-4 to Tulane on Feb. 11 and 5-1 to Houston.

The team is outhitting their opponents .317-.285 and have scored 53 runs compared to their opponents' 35. The team ERA is also better than its opponents (5.09-7.24). The Red Raider pitching staff has allowed 59 hits, 30 earned runs and 17 walks while striking out 46.

Offensively, Brian Capps leads the team with a .519 batting average, playing and starting in all six games. He has a team-high 14 hits and two triples and has scored eight runs, the second most on the team. Roger Kieschnick leads the team in runs scored (9) and RBI (11) while holding a .296 average. He has hit three home runs, tying Tyler Reves for the team lead. Reves is hitting .333 with nine hits and six runs scored. Matt Smith has also contributed to the team's offense, hitting .458 with two home runs and nine RBI.

Josh Tomlin (1-1), Miles Morgan (1-0) and Aaron Odom (0-1) have each started two games for Texas Tech. Tomlin has the lowest ERA of the three at 1.80 while Morgan has stuck out the most batters (16). In the bullpen, Colt Hynes has the other win, throwing 3.1 innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts in three appearances.

UNM VS. TEXAS TECH, THE SERIES: Texas Tech holds a 47-30-1 series lead over New Mexico, winning four in a rown and seven of the last 10. Of the last 10 however, only two have been played in Albuquerque, with the Lobos winning both (4-1, 3/16/04 and 13-11, 4/15/03). The last time Texas Tech won (21-8) in Albuquerque was Feb. 4, 2002. For the series, Texas Tech is 31-16-1 in Albuquerque and 34-14 in Lubbock.

Last season, the Lobos played three games at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders won 18-6 on Feb. 8, 10-2 on April 26 and 14-6 on May 16. Texas Tech outscored the Lobos 42-14.

LANKFORD LETTING LOOSE: Freshman Chace Lankford has begun his collegiate career with two stellar outings. Lankford earned the save at New Mexico State, going 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two. In his second appearance, Lankford earned the win over Texas State. He threw 1.2 innings for two hits and one strikeout. He has not allowed a run to score or given up an extra-base hit yet.

FORESEEING THE FUTURE?: Even though it is extremely early in the season, the Lobos have not held a 3-1 record in their first four games of the season since 2000. That season the Lobos went on to a 35-21 record, including a 22-8 mark in the Mountain West, earning the first MWC Championship.

PRIZED PITCHING STAFF: The UNM pitching staff allowed just 10 runs in its first four games. Last season, they allowed 10 or less over a four-game stretch just once. Their opponents averaged 9.25 runs per game against UNM last season.

To start a season, the last time New Mexico allowed 10 runs its first four games was in 1969. Since then, the Lobos have allowed less that 20 runs in their first four games only seven times with five of them coming in the 1970s. The most recent season which saw the Lobos give up less than 20 in the first four games was 2000, which allowed 11.

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT: New Mexico took the series 2-1 at Texas State last weekend after losing game one, 2-0. Their 7-3 and 3-2 wins, both in 10 innings, help them even the all-time series record at 3-3 after the Bobcats rallied from a game one loss in Albuquerque in 2005 to win the final two games.

On Friday, TSU scored one run in the fourth and one in the fifth off senior Nate Melek. The Lobos had runners at first and second with no outs in the top of the ninth but couldn't bring them home, getting shut out for the first time this season. Junior designated hitter Chris Carlson went 2-for-4 to lead the Lobos. Junior left fielder Jay Russell and sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick collected the other Lobo hits. Melek suffered the loss for New Mexico, hurling a complete game. Melek surrendered just four hits, one earned run and one walk while fanning two.

The Lobos rallied from a 2-1 defecit in the seventh to take the lead on Saturday before the Bobcats tied the game in ninth with two outs. A four-run 10th inning earned the Lobos a 7-3 win. Freshman Chace Lankford earned his first collegiate win, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout. Senior Darren Coltrinari started the game for New Mexico, going 6.1 innings. Coltrinari gave up six hits, two runs and one walk while striking out four. Junior Damon Miller also saw 2.0 innings of relief. Texas State out-hit New Mexico (9-6) but had trouble bringing runners home, stranding seven on base. Six different Lobos recorded hits, including a double from sophomore Jordan Pacheco. Carlson racked up two RBIs while four others each had one.

Again the team needed extra innings to defeat Texas State, winning 3-2 in 10. The Lobos held a 2-0 lead until the bottom of the ninth, when Cody Merrell singled to left field with two outs, bringing home Heath Keel and Cody Ross to send the game into extra innings. With one out and runners at first and second in the 10th, junior first Daniel Stovall singled to left field, bringing in junior center fielder Matt Foote for the game-winning run.

Six different Lobos recorded hits for New Mexico. Stovall was 2-for-5 with two RBI while Carlson was 1-for-2 with a run and a RBI. Junior Quinten Andes recorded his first win as a Lobo with a four-hit, four inning performance, striking out two. Junior Danny Ray Herrera got the start, going six innings for two hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

On the weekend, Carlson led the team, hitting .333 with a double, run scored and three RBI. Sophomore Ian Hollick also collected three hits. Sophomore Jordan Pacheco and junior Matt Foote both scored a team-high two runs while Pacheco led the team with three stolen bases. Junior Danny Ray Herrera and freshman Chace Lankford both made scoreless appearances. Herrera three 6.0 innings, striking out a team-high five batters. Lankford and junior Quinten Andes earned wins.

REACHING FOR THE RECORDBOOKS: Junior Daniel Stovall is almost into the UNM career record books. Stovall, with 21 home runs, trails fifth place by 13. Jeff Grady is currently in fifth with 34 career homers. Stovall hit nine bombs in 2005 and 12 in 2004.

Senior Darren Coltrinari and junior Danny Ray Herrera are vying for the same record. Coltrinari has 31 games started in his career while Herrera has 29. The fifth most is 40, held by Barry Kiess (1994-97) and James Vermilyea (2001-03). The record is 47.