Bulldogs to Battle Lobos in Albuquerque
April 11, 2013
Games 29-31 Fresno State (8-20, 3-7 MW) at New Mexico (17-16, 8-4 MW)
April 12-14, 2013 --- Lobo Field (Albuquerque, N.M.) 2:00 p.m. PT/Noon PT/11 a.m. PT
Radio: 790 AM (Friday & Saturday) & 940 AM (Sunday) -- Paul Loeffler & Ray O'Canto
Live Audio: www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess (subscription required)
Fresno State is set to visit New Mexico in a Mountain West series at Lobo Field this weekend.
Lefty Tyler Linehan and right-hander Derick Velazquez have earned Mountain West Pitchers of the Week. The two enter this weekend as the No. 1 and No. 2 team leaders in strikeouts tossed.
Fresno State's Aaron Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby and entered the 2013 season with three Preseason All-American honors.
Fresno State Visits New Mexico for Mountain West Series
Fresno State visits New Mexico in a Mountain West series from April 12-14. Friday's game will begin at 2 p.m. PT and Saturday's contest will start at noon PT. Meanwhile, Sunday's game will get started at 11 a.m. PT. All three games will be broadcast on 940 AM ESPN Radio with veteran Bulldog Baseball play-by-play announcer Paul Loeffler joining Ray O'Canto throughout the series. A live audio feed can be heard at www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (subscription required).
About the New Mexico Lobos
The Lobos enter the weekend series against the 'Dogs tied atop the Mountain West standings with San Diego State owning an 8-4 record in conference play and a 17-16 overall record. New Mexico returns home to host the Fresno State after splitting a midweek doubleheader on the road against No. 10 Arkansas. UNM blanked Arkansas 3-0 in the afternoon matchup and fell 4-3 in the nightcap to a walk-off single with bases-loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. New Mexico last hosted a game on April 2 versus Texas Tech and picked up a 10-3 win, at Lobo Field UNM is 11-7 this season. Leading the way for the Lobos is junior infielder D.J. Peterson, the Gilbert Ariz. native leads the Mountain West in batting average (.412), home runs (12), RBIs (43), runs scored (38) and doubles (14). As a team the Lobos lead the MW in each category Peterson leads - batting average (318), home runs (23), RBIs (234), runs scored (255) and doubles (76). The Lobos are coached by Ray Birmingham who is in his sixth season. Peterson returned 17 letterman from last season's squad that finished first in the MW (37-24, 18-6 MW).
Here Comes The Judge!
Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge has been ruling pitchers throughout his career and stepped onto the national stage last July when he won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby in Omaha. This season, Judge leads the Bulldogs with a .330 batting average, a .405 on base percentage, a .545 slugging percentage, 37 hits, five home runs, 17 total runs scored, 14 walks, seven doubles, one triple and 61 total bases. He is also 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
Seniors Provide Veteran Leadership, Significant Impact
Fresno State seniors Trent Garrison and Austin Wynns both are batting over .275 with a combined total of 55 hits, 26 runs batted in, 24 runs scored, ten doubles, one triple, and 14 walks. Garrison alone has successfully stolen two bases this year in three attempts.
Velazquez Stepping into Key Role on the Mound
In his first season as a Bulldog, Fresno State sophomore right-hander Derick Velazquez has frustrated opposing batters and already earned a Mountain West weekly accolade for his complete game win over USC. Velazquez, a sophomore from Los Banos, Calif., didn't allow an earned run over nine strong innings of work in the win over the Trojans. Velazquez had a shutout going until the final out of the contest when an unearned run crossed the plate on a walk. In the last week of March, he started both of Fresno State's victories, including a 4-0 shutout of MW foe Nevada. This season, Velazquez has posted a 4.57 earned run average, started in eight games, and completed one game. While giving up just 21 earned runs, he has held opponents to .295 batting.
2013 Mountain West Baseball Tournament Tickets on Sale Now
Fresno State will host the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Tournament from May 22-26. All session tickets are available for $30 for upper reserved (college student, senior citizens, and youth), $40 for upper reserved (adult) and $50 for lower box reserved. Tickets include all games of the tournament. All six Mountain West teams will be participating in the tournament.