Lobos Host Highlanders for Four-Game Set

March 7, 2013

Series Notes: Lobos vs. UC Riverside Get Acrobat Reader

Lobo Baseball - at Isotopes Park
When: Friday, 6 p.m. (MT); Saturday (DH), 2 p.m. (MT) -- game two will follow approximately 30-45 minutes after the conclusion of game one; Sunday 1 p.m. (MT)
Who: UC Riverside Highlanders
GoLobos.com: Gametracker, live video stream, postgame recap and stats
Radio: Friday's game, the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, and Sunday's game will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team. Robert Portnoy will provide the play-by-play.
Video: A live stream will be available during all four games at GoLobos.com. Dan Rivera will provide the play-by-play.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team (4-6) looks to build upon its two-game sweep of LaSalle when the UC Riverside Highlanders (7-5) come to Isotopes Park for a four-game series. The Lobos easily dispatched the Explorers by scores of 16-3 and 17-4 earlier this week, and will face a surging Highlander team that has won four straight. After being shut out by Nebraska on Sunday for the first time in 39 games, the Lobos' bats erupted. They banged out 36 hits in the two games and recorded their two highest scoring games of the season. Meanwhile, the pitching staff led by A.J. Carman (0-0, 0.60), Kevin Baumgartner (0-1, 3.75) and Sam Wolff (1-1, 3.52) will look to tame a Riverside attack led by senior catcher Clayton Prestridge and his .408 batting average.

• Scouting UC Riverside ... The Highlanders are winners of four in a row, including a 6-4 win over LMU on Tuesday and a sweep of St. Mary’s last weekend. As a team they are hitting .265 and are led by senior catcher Clayton Prestridge who is batting .408. He leads UCR in batting, doubles (four), RBI (11), total bases (24), on-base percentage (.474) and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases with five. Junior first baseman Kyle Boudreau has one of the team’s two home runs and leads the squad in slugging at .536.
Their pitching staff has done an excellent job limiting big hits, as they have allowed only 17 extra-base hits and zero home runs. Opponents are hitting .272 against them but only have a slugging percentage of .318. Friday’s starter, junior lefty Dylan Stuart, is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings. Closer Trevor Frank is 2-0 with two saves and has a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings.
Like the Lobos the Highlanders have struggled in the field at times as they have committed 29 errors in 12 games for a .940 fielding percentage. The middle infield combo of sophomore second baseman Alex Rubanowitz (seven errors) and shortstop Joe Chavez (five) are two of the main culprits.

• Mmm-mmm good ... Senior Luke Campbell is off to a tremendous start in 2013. He has started the past nine games and has a hit in every one. He currently leads the MW with a .452 average (19-for-42), is second in on-base percentage (.521), is third in slugging (.619) and on March 5 against LaSalle he hit his first home run since May 6, 2011. Not bad for someone who missed of all 2012 due to a fractured orbital bone.

• That's gotta hurt ... Against LaSalle on March 5, the Lobos were plunked by six pitches. It was the most HBP for UNM since BYU pitchers hit six Lobos on March 13, 2003. Freshman Jared Holley was hit three times against the Explorers, the most in a single game for a Lobo since Jordan Pacheco was also hit three times on Feb. 28, 2006, against the New Mexico St. Aggies.

• Three-headed monster ... Seniors Mitch Garver and Luke Campbell along with junior DJ Peterson are all in the Top 5 in the MW in batting, slugging, and on-base percentage. All three also rank in the Top 10 in the MW in runs, hits, RBI, triples, home runs, and total bases.

• 200 and counting ... Senior catcher Mitch Garver reached a milestone against Nebraska on Saturday, March 2, by recording his 200th career hit. He is only the second player in UNM history whose primary position was catcher to reach that plateau, and he currently has 206. Former All-American Rafael Neda holds the record for career hits for backstops at UNM with 233.

• Big-inning woes ... UNM has been on the wrong side of big innings this season. Their opponents have scored four or more runs in an inning six times. In fact, 29 of the 54 runs (53.7 percent) their opponents have scored this season have come during those six innings.

• More zeroes for Carman ... Junior righty A.J. Carman has had an outstanding start to his UNM career. He has allowed only one run in his first 15 innings (for an ERA of 0.60), including a current string of 12 2/3 scoreless frames in a row.

 On-base machine ... Freshman Sam Haggerty is getting on base at a .526 clip, and he continues to lead the Mountain West in that category. He has 10 hits and is tied for third in the conference with nine walks, despite playing in three fewer games than the leaders.

• Dominant middle frames ... In the second through fifth innings this season the Lobos have outscored their opponents by a 31-7 margin.

• All CLASS ... Senior Mitch Garver was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Garver is one of four candidates who is an All-American and is the only student athlete on the list from the Mountain West.