Lobos Wrap Up Season Series With New Mexico State Tuesday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/06/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 6, 2006

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UP NEXT FOR THE LOBOS: New Mexico wrap up the season series with New Mexico State Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park. The Lobos are 12-4 overall and have a seven-game win streak heading into tomorrow night. New Mexico State is 10-8 overall with a two-game win streak.

Junior righty Quentin Andes is slated to get his first start as a Lobo tomorrow. Andes is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in three appearances. He has struck out three in 3.2 innings. Sturdevant, also a righty, is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in four appearances and three starts. Sturdevant has fanned 23 in 23 innings, allowing just five walks.

Live stats will be available at the Lobos' official athletic website: www.GoLobos.com. The game will be broadcast by KDEF 1150 AM in Albuquerque and on the internet at UNM's website.

UNM VS. NEW MEXICO STATE, THE SERIES: UNM holds a 141-71 series lead over NMSU. Excluding the 23 games which sites are unknown, UNM is 54-42 at Las Cruces, 76-23 in Albuquerque and 0-2 at neutral locations. In the 21st century, the Lobos are 15-17 overall against the Aggies. They are 9-5 in Albuquerque and 6-12 in Las Cruces. The Lobos won both meetings in Las Cruces this season but New Mexico State won the only game at Isotopes Park so far.

The series split last season with UNM winning all three contests at Isotopes Park while NMSU rebounded with a three-game sweep at Askew Field. Head coach Rich Alday is 36-36 in his career against New Mexico State, going 21-11 at home, 15-23 away and 0-2 at neutral locations.

A LOOK AT THE LOBOS: As a team, New Mexico is rolling on all cylinders. They are hitting .333 overall and have a 4.78 ERA. Defensively they are fielding .972 and have turned 30 double plays.

Individually, six everyday players are hitting over .300. Junior Matt Foote leads them with a .417 average and 10 stolen bases. Junior Daniel Stovall has a team-high 26 hits, including 12 doubles and 32 RBI to compliment his .356 batting avg. Junior Chris Carlson, hitting .383, leads the team in home runs (6) and walks (12). Sophomore Jordan Pacheco has scored a team-high 24 runs to go with his .375 avg.

Junior Danny Ray Herrera picked up the season right where he left off last year. Again he leads the conference in wins with a 4-0 record in five starts. He has a 1.45 ERA, the third lowest in the Mountain West Conference, and has struck out 27 batters in 37.1 innings. Senior Nate Melek has also been a dominant force on the mound, going 3-1 in three starts for a 3.45 ERA, the seventh best in the MWC. Junior Damon Miller has been the guy to count on in the bullpen, making eight appearances for 11.2 innings and a 3.09 ERA. Miller has allowed just four earned runs to score while striking out seven.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES: New Mexico State's offensive power has overcome its struggling pitching staff to post a 10-8 record. The team holds a .323 batting average, 7.52 ERA and a .964 fielding percentage.

Luke Hopkins leads the team with a .500 batting average, collecting a team-high 33 hits, six doubles, 10 home runs, 47 RBI and 26 walks. Abe Aguirre is right on Hopkins' heels, hitting .427 on 32 hits.

The Aggie pitching staff, without a single pitcher with a ERA under 5.00, has tried seven different starters and used 14 different pitchers this season. Brian Gausman has a team-low 5.00 ERA and has the most wins (2-2). Gausman has struck out a team-leading 27 in eight appearances.

STOVALL NAMED MWC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Daniel Stovall was named the MWC Co-Player of the week, earning his first accolade of the season and third of his career. went 15-for-21 (.714) from the plate with a home run, a triple, seven doubles, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored last week, as New Mexico tallied a 4-0 record, including a three-game sweep of Northern Colorado. He started the week off with a 3-for-6 , two RBI, four run scored performance in a 15-12 win over New Mexico State. In game one vs. Northern Colorado, Stovall went 4-for-4, with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored, as the Lobos defeated the Bears, 9-4. In game two, he was 5-for-6, with a triple, two doubles, a career-high six RBI and three runs scored in the Lobos' 21-1 win. The five hits vs. UNC tied a career-best. Stovall concluded the series with a 3-for-5, four RBI and two runs scored effort. He collected a home run and two doubles as the Lobos defeated the Bears, 19-6. Stovall also collected 31 putouts with no errors from the first base position.

WINNING WAYS: The Lobos are 12-4 overall, which is the best start through the first 16 games since head coach Rich Alday took over the program in 1990. The 1993 has the next best record at 11-5. That team went on to win 35 games, which is tied with the 2000 team for the fifth most wins in a single season in program history. The 2000 team, through its first 16 games, went 8-8 and went on to win the Mountain West Conference regular season title.

Currently, the 12 wins is the most in the conference. The next closest is TCU, which was predicted to with the MWC, with eight. The Lobos were picked to finish fifth.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: With senior Ryan Barba at shortstop, sophomore Jordan Pacheco at second base and junior Daniel Stovall at first, New Mexico opponents have run into trouble against arguably the best infield in the MWC.The Lobos' 30 double plays fielded are more than twice any other MWC school's production with San Diego State the next closest with 15. Not to mention Barba, Pacheco and Stovall rank 1, 2 and 3 in the conference for most double playes turned with 23, 22 and 20, respectively.

DAN THE DOUBLE MAN: Junior Daniel Stovall has been a double-hitting machine this season, cranking out 12 to lead the Mountain West Conference. Stovall hit two in four different games this season, including each of the games in the series vs. Northern Colorado.

20/20: Not since May 27, 2004 had the New Mexico baseball team produced 20 hits or scored 20 runs. That was until Northern Colorado came to town. On Saturday, March 4, the Lobos shelled out 24 hits and scored 21 runs en route to a huge win over the Bears. The next day in the series finale, the Lobos just missed scoring 20 runs, putting 19 on the board but didn't miss the 20 hit mark, dishing out 21.

REACHING FOR THE RECORDBOOKS: Junior Daniel Stovall is almost into the UNM career record books. Stovall, with 25 home runs, trails fifth place by nine. Jeff Grady is currently in fifth with 34 career homers. Stovall hit nine bombs in 2005 and 12 in 2004. He already has three this season.

Senior Darren Coltrinari and junior Danny Ray Herrera are vying for the same record. Coltrinari and Herrera have made 32 career starts. The fifth most is 40, held by Barry Kiess (1994-97) and James Vermilyea (2001-03). The record is 47.

Both Coltrinari and Herrera are also approaching the top-5 in wins and losses. Herrera, with 15 wins, and Coltrinari, with 11 wins, are chasing Ron Adair (1971-74) and Kurt Hildebrandt (1991-93, `95), who are tied for fifth with 20. Coltrinari and Herrera both have 12 career losses, needing five to place in a four-way tie for second with 17. The record is 21, set by Barry Kiess (1994-97).

KDEF 1150 AM TO BROADCAST LOBO BASEBALL FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON: For the third straight season, Albuquerque radio station KDEF will supply exclusive broadcasts of Lobo baseball on 1150 AM and throughout the world at www.GoLobos.com. All of the team's 29 home games will be broadcast live.

Henry Tafoya will call the play-by-play for the Lobos, while Dan Rivera and Mike Foote will provide analysis. It also marks the third straight season for the trio calling Lobo baseball. Prior to each broadcast, there will be a 15 minute pre-game show. A post-game show with interviews will follow at the conclusion of each game.

In addition to the broadcasts, all of New Mexico's home games can be followed live on the internet at www.GoLobos.com with Gametracker. Gametracker takes official statistics from the press box and provides up-to-the-minute information for users, including updated team and individual stats, an updated box score, and play-by-play. Gametracker can be accessed on the right side of UNM's home page in the upcoming events box.