Lobos visit Las Cruces to Battle New Mexico State

April 2, 2012

Game Notes: Lobos at NMSU Get Acrobat Reader

Lobo Baseball - at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M.
Tuesday 6:05 p.m. (MT)
New Mexico St. Aggies
Gametracker, recap and stats
Radio: ESPN 101.7 The Team will broadcast the game live
TV: The game is being televised by AggieVision Productions. It will be broadcast live on Altitude Sports, ESPN3, and Comcast channel 77 in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos travel south to visit their intrastate rivals for the third of four games this season in the Rio Grande Rivalry. The Aggies are currently on a 13-game winning streak. They have not lost since dropping a 10-9 decision to Kent State on Mar. 10. The Lobos are coming off a series win last weekend agaisnt Fresno St. It was the fourth consecutive weekend series win for the Lobos.

Against New Mexico State: NMSU won the previous two meetings this season, 16-12 in Las Cruces on Mar. 6, and 6-2 in Albuquerque on Mar. 13. The last game between the teams this season will take place May 15 in Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.

Series Record: 150-77

Home: 71-28; Away: 59-43; 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 released its seventh weekly attendance report of the season and the New Mexico Lobos have come in at No. 36 after hosting Stephen F. Austin for two midweek games last week.

• 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.

• Four and counting... Following their series victory over Fresno St., the Lobos have now won four-consecutive weekend series. They swept #22 and previously undefeated Gonzaga from Mar. 9-11, they swept San Diego St. to open Mountain West play from Mar. 16-18, they took two games from TCU to win their first ever home series against the Horned Frogs from Mar. 23-25, and took two of three from the 2008 national champions, Fresno St., for their first road series win of the season from Mar. 30 - Apr. 1.

• K MACHINES ... Austin House and Gera Sanchez combined to strike out 16 batters against Fresno St. in the first game of a doubleheader on April 1. It was the first time UNM pitchers had struck out more than 15 batters in one game since doing so against UTSA on Apr. 4, 2004.

• SITUATIONAL HITTING ... The Lobos are hitting an astonishing .600 (39-65) with a runner on third and less than two outs. They are also hitting .464 (13-28) with the bases loaded, and .354 (120-339) with two outs.

• 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 cat- egories, 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.

• 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, sev- en singles, five runs, six RBI’s, .632 OBP, and an astounding .875 slugging percent- age. 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 bas- es against New Mexico St. on March 13, senior Ben Woodchick has set a new per- sonal 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.