Lobos Take to the Road to Face Fresno State

March 29, 2012

Lobo Baseball - at Fresno in Beiden Field
Friday, 7:05 p.m. (MT), Saturday, 3:05 p.m. (MT), Saturday, TBA, Sunday, 2:05 p.m. (MT)
Fresno State Bulldogs
Gametracker, recap and stats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos will travel to California for four games against Fresno St. this weekend. It is the first meeting between the two schools since 2001. The Lobos are looking to get back to their winning ways, following following their first series loss in nearly a month. These will be the first time UNM has left the state since playing at the University of Texas-San Antonio from Feb. 24-26 earlier this season. Despite losing to No. 29 California on Tuesday, the Bulldogs have had some success against good teams this season. They handed No. 1 Stanford its first loss of the season on March 2.

Against Fresno State:  The Lobos look for their first win against the Bulldogs away from Albuquerque. This is the first meeting between the schools since 2001.

Series Record: 3-8 

Home: 3-0; Away: 0-6 Neutral: 0-2


• 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 recruiting the best local talent New Mexico has to offer.

• UNM top 40 in attendance ... The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association re- leased its sixth weekly attendance report of the season and the New Mexico Lobos have come in at No. 37 after hosting their fifth home weekend series against TCU.

• When the going gets tough ... Since 2010, the Lobos have faced an incredibly difficult slate of games. Their schedule has included 38 games against nationally-ranked teams and 10 against teams that had won the national championship.

• Hit Your Way to the Top ... Sophomore DJ Peterson is currently seventh in the entire NCAA in batting with a .462 average, which is also fourth overall among players with at least 90 at bats, and he leads all underclassmen. Peterson also ranks 15th in the NCAA in slugging at .759. Ryan Padilla is third in batting among all freshmen in the NCAA with a .424 average. Peterson and Padilla also rank one-two in the Mountain West.

• SCOUTING FRESNO STATE ... The Bull- dogs are coming off a one-run home-loss to No. 29 California. Prior to losing two of their previous three games, the Bulldogs had won five in a row. Earlier this season they handed No. 1 Stanford its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs dominant pitching staff is anchored by sophomore starter Tyler Linehan. He has a 1.47 ERA and has struck out 48 batters in 43 innings. Closer Taylor Garrison has five saves and 21 strikeouts to go with his 2.25 ERA in 12 appearances. As a staff they have only walked 66 batters in 214 innings.

• WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH ... Since 2010, the Lobos have faced an incredibly difficult slate of games. Their schedule has included 38 games against nationally-ranked teams and 10 against teams that have won the national championship.

• TEAM OF THE WEEK ... UNM was hon- ored by collegebaseballinsider.com as the West Region Team of the Week following their series victory over No. 19 TCU last weekend. It was the first time the Lobos had won a home series against the Horned Frogs, and moved UNM into sole posses- sion of first place in the Mountain West.

• THREE’S COMPANY ... For the third-straight week a Lobo has been honored as Player of the Week by the Mountain West Conference. Junior Mitchell Garver won the award after hitting .417 (5-12) in the Lobos first-ever home series win over TCU. Garv- er also scored seven runs, drove in three, had one double, one triple, and hit his third home run of the season. He has at least two hits in five of his last six games, and has seen his average climb 57 points during that stretch.

• CONFERENCE LEADERS ... Following their series victory over TCU, the Lobos lead the MWC in 10 individual offensive categories, with DJ Peterson leading the way in six: batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, home runs, and total bases. As a team they lead the league in five categories: batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, triples, stolen bases, and steal attempts.

• BRING OUT THE BROOMS ... The Lobos swept their second consecutive series when they swept MWC foe San Diego State March 16-18. It was the first time the Lobos swept back-to-back series since they defeated Binghamton and UNLV over five games from March 22-27, 2011.

• SPEAKING OF SWEEPS ... UNM swept the MWC Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for the second straight week as they went 3-1 with a loss to New Mexico St. and a sweep of SDSU. First baseman DJ Peterson and right-hander Austiner House were honored. Peterson won for the second-straight week. He went 10-15 (.667) over four games with five walks, two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and six runs scored. House earned his first victory of the season over the Aztecs in an 11-2 victory. He pitched seven innings and allowed only two unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. He has not allowed an earned run spanning the last 21 1/3 innings over his last three starts.

• PETERSON ENTERS BEAST MODE ... the sophomore from Gilbert, Ariz., earned MW and College Baseball Inside Player of the Week Awards after batting .667 (10-15) for the week (March 12-18) as the Lobos went 3-1, including a three-game series sweep of San Diego State to begin Conference play. In Tuesday's 6-2 loss to New Mexico State, Peterson was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. Against SDSU in Friday's series opener, Peterson was a perfect 5-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBI and two home runs in the 11-9 win. In four games during the previous week, Peterson and the Lobos went 3-1 including a three-game sweep of 22nd ranked and previously undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs. Peterson went 10 for 16 (.625 average) with two doubles, a HR, seven singles, five runs, six RBI's, .632 OBP, and an astounding .875 slugging percentage. Peterson played a crucial role in the sweep for the Lobos. Against New Mexico State alone, Peterson had 5 RBI's in that one game. He earned three weekly awards for his efforts: College Baseball 360 Prime Time Performer, MW Player of the Week and College Sports Madness MW Player of the Week.

• FLEET OF FOOT ... After stealing two bases against New Mexico St. on March 13, senior Ben Woodchick has set a new personal career-high with six. He only had four career steals coming into this season.

• TAKE TWO ... Josh Melendez stole home against NMSU for his second swipe of home this season. He also stole home against UTSA on Feb. 25.