On the Road Again

April 11, 2012

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Lobo Baseball - at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Friday 7:00 p.m. (MT), Saturday 7:00 p.m. (MT), Sunday 2:00 p.m. (MT)
San Diego State Aztecs
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TV: The Mtn. will broadcast each game live

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team is back on the road as it travels to San Diego, Calif., to resume Mountain West play against San Diego State. The Lobos are coming off a split of a two-game early-week series against No. 21 Arizona State. They snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Sun Devils by winning game one 15-6, but their bats fell silent in game two and they lost 3-1.

Against San Diego State: UNM opened conference play earlier this season with a sweep at home against the Aztecs. The Lobos won the first game 11-9, the second 11-2, and then rallied from a six-run deficit to capture game three by a score of 8-6. The Lobos are looking to hold off both the Aztecs and TCU to remain in sole-possession of first place in the Mountain West. Both teams sit one game back in the standings with 6-3 records.

Series Record: 58-97

Home: 32-32; Away: 23-60; Neutral: 3-5


• 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 eighth weekly attendance report of the season and the New Mexico Lobos have come in at No. 37.

• 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.

• Five and counting... Following their series victory over Air Force, the Lobos have now won five-consecutive weekend series. They swept No. 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; they 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; and last weekend defeated Air Force in two of three games Apr. 5-7. This is the longest consecutive weekend series wins for the Lobos since they won six-straight during the 2010 season.

• Scouting San Diego State ... The Aztecs are balanced offensively with six regulars batting better than .310. Matt Munoz leads the way with a .374 average. Chris Wilson is their main power threat with six home runs in only 87 at bats. Justin Hepner is the anchor in the Aztecs’ bullpen. He has a team-low 2.66 ERA and 26 strikeouts in only 23.2 innings. He six saves lead the Mountain West. Michael Cederoth, SDSU’s Friday night starter, has yet to lose this season in nine appearances. He leads the team with 38 strikeouts.

• 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.

• Mountain West Honors ... DJ Peterson and Austin House have been named Co-Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week respectively in the Mountain West. This is the third time Peterson has won the award this season, and is House’s second win. Peterson, a sophomore, hit .474 (9-19) during the Lobos’ four games last week. Since Feb. 25, he is batting .505 (51-101) and is now hitting .466 on the season. He entered last week fourth in the nation in batting. House, a junior, pitched his first career shutout during UNM’s 19-0 win over Air Force. He struck out a career-high 10 batters and lowered his ERA to 2.75. He leads the conference with 48 strikeouts and 52.1 innings pitched.

• ‘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 consecutive 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 Howard 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 Major 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.

• Fight, scratch, claw ... Your way to Omaha. It is a motto for the Lobos, and they are currently projected to make the NCAA tournament as the Mountain West cham- pions by PerfectGame.org. It is the fourth-straight year they have been projected to make the postseason. If UNM does indeed make the field of 64, it would be the third consecutive year the school has accomplished that feat, which would extend the school record.