Lobos Head to Corpus Christi for Tournament
Feb. 20, 2013
Lobo Baseball - at Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos travel south to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Kleberg Bank College Classic. Joining them will be the host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten, and the No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12. UNM lost its first two games against Oklahoma State during its opening weekend by scores of 4-2 and 15-14 (13 innings) before rebounding to post a dominating 9-1 victory in the series finale. As expected, DJ Peterson and Mitch Garver led the offense as they hit .455 and .462, respectively. Sam Wolff pitched 5 2/3 innings on Sunday and allowed only one run on three hits while striking out five to earn the win.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI ... The Islanders took three of four from Texas-Pan American to begin their 2013 season. Third baseman Brad Porras, brother of former Lobo Trey Porras, went 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles. Eric Weiss drove in six runs and hit .429 (6-for-14). Islander pitchers, meanwhile, held Texas-Pan American hitters to a .224 average. Trevor Foss led the charge by throwing a three-hit, 15-strikeout shutout in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Tim Keller, the probable starter against the Lobos on Friday, earned the win in game two of the doubleheader by allowing only one run on two hits in five innings.
SCOUTING IOWA ... The Hawkeyes began their season on the road with a win and two losses against Austin Peay. Kris Goodman went 5-for-10 with four runs while Dan Sheppard his .364 (4-for-11) with four RBI to pace the Hawkeyes offensively. Their pitching staff, meanwhile, only allowed six earned runs over the three games. Senior lefty Matt Dermody, who will throw against the Lobos on Saturday, earned Iowa’s only win by tossing five innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA ... The Sooners opened their season with a four-game sweep of Hofstra. They hit .302 as a team and Garrett Carey, Max White, and Matt Oberste all recorded six hits. Oberste also drove in nine runs and hit one of the Sooners two home runs during the weekend. The Sooner pitching staff did its part by holding Hofstra to a .197 team batting average. Dillon Overton did not allow an earned run and struck out seven in his seven innings of work in the season-opener. Corey Copping, a freshman from Temple City, Calif., who is expected to start against the Lobos on Sunday, threw seven innings of one-run, two-hit ball in his collegiate debut last weekend.
“PROTECTION” IS SPELLED G-A-R-V-E-R ... In 2013 teams figure to pitch around junior third baseman DJ Peterson quite a bit. In the Lobos’ season-opening series against Oklahoma State, the Cowboys intentionally walked him three times. Following each intentional walk senior catcher and fellow All-American Mitch Garver came through with a run-scoring hit.
Results after intentional walks to DJ Peterson:
SENIOR LEADERSHIP ... Senior shortstop Alex Allbritton was not expected to play in the season-opening series against Oklahoma State due to a broken index finger on his throwing hand. However, after freshman Jared Holley suffered a concussion he played the final 18 innings of the series and hit .429 with two RBI. He also handled eight chances in the field and did not make an error, despite a bulky splint on his broken finger.
HE’S THE BAUM ... Junior college transfer Kevin Baumgartner had a solid Division I debut against Oklahoma State on Feb. 16. Coming on in relief of starter Anthony Consiglio the lefty allowed only one run on three hits with six strikeouts. His work allowed the Lobos to build a 14-6 lead by the time he exited the game in the eighth inning.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING ... Ten Lobos saw their first Division I action in the series against Oklahoma State: Kevin Baumgartner, A.J. Carman, Anthony Consiglio, Jonathan Cuellar, Sam Haggerty, Chase Harris, Jared Holley, Tyler Kamtz, Jered Meek, and Tyler Spencer.
GOLDEN SPIKES ALERT ... Senior catcher Mitch Garver and junior third baseman DJ Peterson were two of 50 players named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list by USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award is given annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country. In 2012 Peterson was one of 30 semifinalists for the award and won the fan portion of the voting, earning nearly three times as many votes as the next closest player.
GARVER, PETERSON, PADILLA NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS ... Senior catcher Mitch Garver, junior third baseman DJ Peterson, and sophomore outfielder Ryan Padilla all earned preseason All-America honors. Garver and Peterson were named by the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball newspaper, and PerfectGame.org. They were the only pair of teammates to be named First Team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. They are also the first Lobo teammates to earn First Team Preseason All-America status the same season. Padilla was named to Collegiate Baseball’s third team. This is the first time the Lobos have had three Preseason All-Americans in one year since 2007 when Jordan Pacheco, Daniel Stovall, and Ian Hollick were all honored.
NEARING 1,000 ... UNM head coach Ray Birmingham is only 15 wins shy of 1,000 for his collegiate coaching career, which has spanned a quarter-century. He spent his first two years at College of the Southwest, the next 18 years at New Mexico Junior College, and is now entering his sixth year at the helm of the Lobos. He has averaged over 39 wins per season in his career overall, and 33 per season at UNM. His 166 wins in his first five years is the most a Lobo coach as ever had in their first half a decade on the job, narrowly beating out the 165 Vince Cappelli won from 1977-82.