Lobos Travel to Texas Tech to Face the Red Raiders
April 16, 2012
Lobo Baseball - at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Tex.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos travel to Lubbock, Tex., to face the Red Raiders for the first two of four games this season. Texas Tech comes to Albuquerque next Tuesday and Wednesday. UNM is coming off a 3-2 week, including a split against No. 21 Arizona St. and a 2-1 series win at San Diego St. Following this two-game set on the road, the Lobos return home and play eight games at Isotopes Park in 10 days beginning this Friday against Florida Gulf Coast.
Against Texas Tech: The Lobos and Red Raiders met four times last season, twice in Lubbock, and twice at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. Texas Tech won the first three games by scores of 4-1, 7-6, and 6-1, but the Lobos took the last game, in Lubbock, by a score of 8-4. The teams have met at least once in every season except one since 1990.
Series Record: 37-62-1
Home: 20-20-1; Away: 17-42; Neutral: 0-0
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
• We really are New Mexico ... The 2012 New Mexico baseball team has 13 players from the state of New Mexico. It is no secret coach Ray Birmingham wants to take local kids all the way to Omaha. Ever since he got to UNM, he has been a big advocate of recruitingthe best local talent New Mexico has to offer.
• UNM top 40 in attendance ... The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its ninth weekly attendance report of the season and the New Mexico Lobos have come in at No. 37 following their home series against Arizona State.
• Six and counting... Following their series victory over San Diego State, the Lobos have now won six-consecutive weekend series. They’ve defeated: #22 and previously undefeated Gonzaga; San Diego State at home and on the road; TCU, to win their first ever home series against the Horned Frogs; the 2008 national champions, Fresno St.;and Air Force. This ties a school record for most consecutive weekend series wins. They last won six-straight weekend series during the 2010 season.
• Bandged up but still fighting... As the Lobos enter their series against Texas Tech, several prominent position players are battling through injuries. Senior Ben Woodchick has bursitis in his knee. John Pustay, who had raised his batting average from .192 on Mar. 24 to .323 has an injured hamstring. Josh Melendez, third on the team in batting at .343, is battling a left shoulder sprain. Luke Campbell, projected to be the team’s cleanup hitter coming into the season, has missed every game after taking a foul ball to the face during batting practice. Logan Lippert, who started 28 games in the outfield last season and hit .314 in conference play, has missed the entire season as well.
• Scouting Texas Tech ... The Red Raiders are coming off a series sweep of Houston, and have won five of their past six games. They are downright dominant at home, sporting a 19-6 record at Rip Grif- fin Park. They are hitting .306 as a team and are led by juniors Barrett Barnes (.368) and Jamodrick McGruder (.367), each of which is also a demon on the basepaths. Barnes is a perfect 17-17 in steal attempts, and McGruder is 25-30. The pitching staff is anchored by Duke von Schamann, who is 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA with three complete games. Tuesday’s starter, Rusty Shellhorn is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 11 appearances, including five starts. Opponents are only hitting .266 off him.
• New Mexico Pitching... April 14 and 15 against San Diego State, the Lobos trotted out three starting pitchers, each of which is from New Mexico: Austin House, Albuquerque; Josh Walker, Rio Rancho; Gera Sanchez, Mayfield.
• Garver MW POW... Junior Mitchell Garver has earned his second Mountain West Player of the Week award this season. Over five games from Apr. 9-15 he hit .450 (9-20), scored seven runs, drove in eight, had three doubles, hit his fourth home run of the season, and had a stolen base. He also slugged .850 on the week. It is the third time in his career he has been honored as MW Player of the Week.
• Packing the park ... The Lobos drew their largest home crowd of the season on Apr. 10, 2012 against Arizona State. The crowd of 2,067 is the largest crowd at Isotopes Park since the team drew 2,409 against UNLV on Mar. 27, 2011.
• Pustay ties record ... Sophomore outfielder John Pustay tied a UNM record against Air Force on Apr. 5 with six hits. He finished the game 6-6 with four runs, five RBIs, a double and a home run. He recently had a 10-game hitting streak and has seen his average improve from .192 on Mar. 28 to .323.
• Bos know pitching ... During the team’s series at Air Force Apr. 5-7, UNM pitchers allowed only three runs on 21 hits while striking out 35 in 26 innings and set a new school record in the process. It was the fewest runs allowed in a three-game road series in the program’s history. It was also the fewest runs the school has allowed in a Mountain West series. The three runs also marked the fewest runs UNM has allowed in any three-game series since giving up only one to Northern Arizona from Mar. 10- 11, 1972.
• Bos know hitting ... The pitching staff had some help from the offense against Air Force. UNM exploded for 19 runs in game one and 17 more in game two. It was the most runs the Lobos had scored in consecu- tive games since scoring 37 against Coppin State Apr. 17-18, 2010. In game one John Pustay tied a school record with six hits. DJ Peterson had two doubles and two home runs. He is the only Lobo to record four ex- tra-base hits in one game since Justin How- ard did so against San Diego St. on May 2, 2010. Peterson also recorded two doubles and two home runs against TCU May 20, 2011. Spanning the first and second games against Air Force, Peterson reached base in 10-consecutive plate appearances (seven hits, three walks). It is the longest streak for a Lobo under head coach Ray Birmingham. Freshman Ryan Padilla also extended his hitting streak to a team-high 15 games in game two, before seeing it snapped during the series finale.
• Bos in the pros ... Former UNM star Jordan Pacheco made his first-career Ma- jor League start for the Colorado Rockies against the Houston Astros on Sunday, April 8. Pacheco, a native of Albuquerque, was a ninth-round pick of the Rockies in 2007. That same year he was named the Mountain West Player of the Year as well as to two All-American teams. He finished his Lobo career with a .384 average in 167 games. He scored 207 runs, smoked 59 doubles, eight triples, 25 home runs, drove in 145 runs and only struck out 91 times in over 800 plate appearances.