April 7, 2004
NEXT IN LOBO BASEBALL
New Mexico Lobos (10-18-1, 6-3 MWC) at Utah Utes (7-17, 2-5)
ALL GAMES AT UTE FIELD *SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Thursday, April 8, 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 12 p.m.
MEDIA COVERAGE: There will be no media coverage for this series. Recaps and box scores available at www.GoLobos.com.
SERIES INFORMATION: This will be the 96th meeting between the two schools. UNM leads the all-time series, 61-34, and took two of three games from the Utes earlier this season.
PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION:
Thursday: UNM: #28 RH Jr. Jason Fernandez (3-3, 4.29 ERA, 25 K, 42.0 IP) vs. UTAH: #15 LH So. Jason Price (2-4, 5.67 ERA, 54 K, 54.0 IP)
Friday: UNM: #2 LH Fr. Danny Ray Herrera (2-4, 4.32 ERA, 23 K, 41.2 IP) vs. UTAH: #32 RH Jr. Doug Mackay (2-4, 6.14 ERA, 45 K, 44.0 IP)
Saturday: UNM: #20 RH Jr. Cooper Eddy (2-2, 4.81 ERA, 33 K, 43.0 IP) vs. UTAH: #1 RH Sr. Ben Buck (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 14 K, 25.0 IP)
STORYLINE: The Lobos resume conference play with a three-game series at Utah April 8-10 (Thursday-Saturday) at Ute Field in Salt Lake City. Thursday and Friday's games, originally scheduled for 12 p.m., have been pushed back to 2 p.m. Saturday will still start at 12 p.m. All games have been moved from Franklin Covey Field to Ute Field, and there will be no Gametracker available for this weekend's games.
UNM (10-18-1) stands just one game out of first place in the Mountain West with a 6-3 league mark, trailing San Diego State and UNLV (both at 7-2). Earlier this week, New Mexico saw its four-game winning streak snapped with two losses at 13th-ranked Nebraska. The Huskers topped the Lobos 7-3 on Monday and 14-7 on Tuesday.
The Utes enter the series with a 7-17 record overall, 2-5 in the Mountain West. Last weekend Utah played only one game in league play due to inclement weather, a 13-6 win over Air Force.
APRIL 20 GAME VS. TEXAS TECH CANCELLED: The Tuesday, April 20 game vs. Texas Tech set for 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park has been cancelled and will not be made up. The Lobos will not play at home until May 14 against Air Force at 7 p.m.
ON DECK: The Lobos continue their road swing with a three-game set at Air Force April 16-18. There are no mid-week games next week for the Lobos.
GET OUT THOSE BINOCULARS - LOBOS TO WATCH:
* Junior centerfielder and leadoff hitter Matt Young is the team's offensive spark. Young leads the team in runs (32) and on-base percentage (.439), and is tied for first in batting (.365). He is batting .481 (13-for-27) over the last six games with eight runs and 10 RBI. Young collected five hits in the Nebraska series with five runs and a double.
* Junior shortstop Josh Mader, the team's No. 3 hitter, leads the team in batting (.365, fifth in Mountain West) and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (24). Mader tied a career high with five RBI in Tuesday's loss at Nebraska, including three hits and a homer. He is batting .444 (20-for-45) in his last 10 games with 14 RBI.
* Senior Joe Salas is tied for the team lead with 24 RBI. After struggling at the plate to start the season, Salas is batting .349 (15-for-43) with four homers and 17 RBI in his last 10 games. He also leads the team with three saves, and has struck out 32 batters in 24 innings.
* Senior Sean Murray has been on fire at the plate the last three games, collecting 10 hits in 14 at-bats (.714 avg.). Murray went 4-for-5 in UNM's 10-8 win over BYU on April 3, and then went 6-for-9 in the two-game Nebraska series, including another four-hit performance in Tuesday's game.
NOTES FROM THE NEBRASKA SERIES: The Lobos fell to No. 13 Nebraska in two games earlier this week in Lincoln...the Huskers beat UNM 7-3 on Monday night and 14-7 Tuesday afternoon...Nebraska won the season series, 3-0, also defeating the Lobos 12-8 on Feb. 21 in Albuquerque at the Baseball Fiesta Tournament...UNM has played 11 games against ranked teams or teams receiving votes in the national polls...Sean Murray batted .667 in the series (6-for-9) with two RBI...he collected four hits for the second time in three games on Tuesday...Matt Young hit .556 in the two games (5-for-9) with five runs and a double...he scored three runs in Tuesday's loss...Josh Mader went 3-for-5 with a career-tying five RBI, including his first homer of the season, on Tuesday...the Huskers hit .348 in the series with two grand slams...the Lobo pitching staff walked 14 and hit six batters in 16.0 innings of action.
LAST TIME OUT - NEBRASKA RECAP: No. 13 Nebraska (23-5) won two games over the Lobos earlier this week at Hawks Field.
The Cornhuskers snapped the New Mexico baseball team's four-game winning streak on Monday night, defeating the Lobos, 7-3, in front of 3,197 fans.
The Lobos jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first on a Joe Salas RBI single that plated Young. The lead was shortlived as the Huskers answered right back in the bottom of the first with three runs, although they didn't get any hits in the inning. A hit batter with the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout gave Nebraska the 3-1 advantage.
UNM trimmed the margin to 3-2 in the second as Young doubled and then scored on an error by Husker second baseman Jake Mullinax. But that's as close as the Lobos would get.
The Huskers took a commanding 7-2 lead in the third as John Grose hit a grand slam to left field. Grose collected five RBI in the game.
New Mexico scored the last run of the game in the fifth on a Murray RBI single that drove in Josh Mader.
Darren Coltrinari (1-2) took the loss for UNM, while Quinton Robertson improved to 3-4 for NU.
On Tuesday afternoon, UNM collected 14 hits, but still fell to the Huskers, 14-7, in front of 2,368 at Hawks Field.
Josh Mader went 3-for-5 and tied his career high with five RBI, including his first homer of the season. Matt Young also collected three hits with three runs and Sean Murray had four hits for the second time in three games.
The Huskers took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, but UNM tied the game at 1 on a Mader RBI single in the third. Nebraska responded with three runs in each the third and fourth innings to go up 7-1.
New Mexico made it a game at 7-5 with four runs in the fifth. Mader blasted a three-run shot to right field and Murray delivered an RBI double to get the Lobos within striking distance.
But the Huskers took a commanding 14-5 lead with seven runs in the bottom half of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Husker third baseman Alex Gordon hit a grand slam in the inning, and went 2-for-4 with three runs and five RBI on the day.
The Lobos scored twice in the sixth for the final two runs of the game. Tim Grady scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a single, and Mader had his third run-scoring hit of the game, this time a single to right.
Petr Pacas (1-2) threw the first 3.1 innings for UNM, and took the loss after giving up seven runs and eight hits. Tim Schoeninger improved his record to 3-0 for Nebraska.
NOTES FROM THE FIRST UTAH SERIES UNM won two of three games over Utah to open MWC action March 19-21...New Mexico won 7-5 on Friday and 11-6 on Sunday...the Utes took the middle game, 6-5...the Lobos batted .320 as a team in the series with 23 runs...Jay Russell batted .714 in the series (5-for-7) with a run and an RBI...Matt Young went 5-for-11 (.455) and scored four runs...he also had an on-base percentage of .600 with three RBI...Sean Murray hit his first homer of the season in Friday's win and batted .357 with five RBI in the series...Josh Mader drove in four runs and hit .417 (5-for-12)...Lefty reliever Joe Salas pitched three innings of scoreless ball, striking out two and only allowing one hit.