Lobo Baseball - Dan Law Field, Lubbock, Texas
When: Tuesday - 1p.m. (MT)
Who: Texas Tech Red Raiders
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Mountain West Standings
|Place||School||MW record||Overall record|
|3||San Diego St.||2-1||8-3|
|4||San Jose St.||2-4||3-9|
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos and Red Raiders renew their rivalry that dates back to 1962. The teams have been fairly evenly matched since Ray Birmingham’s arrival at UNM, with the Lobos holding a slight 10-9 edge since 2008. The teams split a pair of games in 2013, with each team winning at home.
UNM is coming off a four-game sweep of Northern Colorado last weekend. The Lobos dominated the Bears in every aspect as they outscored UNC 42-7. The results continued an early-season trend of dominant pitching for UNM. Outside of a 17-2 loss to San Diego in the third game of the season, the Lobo pitching staff has allowed just 24 runs in 100 innings, which equates to a 2.16 ERA.
Junior righty Jake Cole will make his first career start on the mound for UNM. He has three relief appearances so far in 2014 and sports a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 innings. He has struck out eight, walked three and allowed three hits.
• SCOUTING TEXAS TECH ... The Red Raiders dropped out of most rankings after going 1-2 at the Houston College Classic last weekend, although the NCBWA still has them at No. 30. TTU lost to Houston 9-0 and to Sam Houston St. 10-6 before rebounding to defeat Rice 2-1 in their final game of the tournament. The Red Raiders are hitting .269 as a team, led by sophomore Eric Gutierrez and senior Adam Kirsch hitting an identical .359. Freshman Ryan Long is hitting .343. TTU has been without sophomore Tyler Neslony and his .533 average since Feb. 23, and starting shortstop Tim Proudfoot, who is batting .467, has been out since the fourth game of the season.
Freshman lefty Dylan Dusek will make his second start of the season for the Red Raiders. He helped TTU defeat BYU on Feb. 24 in Lubbock. He hurled five shutout innings and allowed just three hits and no walks with two strikeouts. The Texas Tech staff currently boasts a 2.78 ERA and is holding opponents to a .258 batting average against, with just 21 extra base hits allowed in 107.0 innings.
• NO WEAK SPOTS IN THIS LINEUP ... The Lobo offense rolls nine deep, and nothing proves that more than the production they get out of the No. 9 spot in their order. Five Lobos have combined to hit .457 (21-for-46) while occupying the last place in the lineup. Jared Holley leads the group with an incredible .533 average (16-for-30) while batting ninth. In fact, that spot in the order has procuded the second most total bases on the team (24), behind only the No. 3 spot (32), which has been occupied by Chase Harris in each game this season.
• FANS FLOCK TO LOBO FIELD ... There’s no denying that UNM is becoming a baseball school with a loyal fan base. That was evidenced during the Lobos’ first home weekend of the season when 2,965 fans came to the Lobo Invite: the largest three-day crowd in Lobo Field history.
• WALKER NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK ... Following his dominant performance in a 7-0 shutout over Missouri State on Feb. 23, senior Josh Walker was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week. It was the second career honor for Walker, who also earned the award following his shutout at Fresno State on May 10 last season.
• NO TYING IN BASEBALL? ... It hadn’t happened for UNM in almost exactly 10 years, but there is indeed tying in baseball. In the final game of the Lobo Invite on Feb. 23, the Lobos and Northern Illinois were forced to stop their game after the 10th inning while knotted up 3-3 because the Huskies had to catch their flight. It was the first tie for UNM since Feb. 22, 2004, another 3-3 game, this one against Northwestern. It was the 14th recorded tie in the history of the program.
• WALKER IS JUST A NAME ... Josh Walker has always had good control, but in 2014 he has taken it to a next level. Over 21.0 innings he has yet to walk a single batter. In fact, in his two home starts this season he has only reached seven three-ball counts.
• NO RIGHT OF WAY ... Lobo pitchers are holding opposing right-handed batters to a .201 average so far this season. A.J. Carman, Jake Cole, Jonathan Cuellar, Tyler Gibson, Victor Sanchez and Colton Thomson are all holding opponent righties under .200. Meanwhile, Lobo batters are hitting .358 against right-handed pitching, led by Jared Holley’s .485 average (16-for-33) and Alex Real’s mark of .448 (13-for-29).