Lobos Look to Continue Win Streak Against Visiting Texas Tech

April 23, 2012

Series Notes: Lobos vs. Texas Get Acrobat Reader

Lobo Baseball - at Isotopes Park
When: Tuesday 6:00 p.m. (MT), Wednesday 1:00 p.m. (MT)
Who: Texas Tech Red Raiders
GoLobos.com: Gametracker, recap and stats
Radio: ESPN 101.7 The Team will be picking up the coverage of both games. Voice of the Lobos, Scott Galetti, will be providing the play-by-play.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos are playing some of their hottest baseball of the season. The team has won a season-high five games in a row and seven of eight. Last weekend the Lobos set a new school record by winning their seventh consecutive weekend series as they swept Florida Gulf Coast. The Lobos welcome Texas Tech for a two-game mid-week series before returning to Mountain West play this weekend when UNLV comes to town.

Against Texas Tech: The teams met last week in Lubbock, Texas, with the Lobos taking both games by scores of 10- and 6-4. The Lobos have now won three-straight games against the Red Raiders dating back to last season.

Series Record: 39-62-1

Home: 20-20-1; Away: 19-42; Neutral: 0-0


• Scouting Texas Tech ... The Red Raiders are currently in the midst of a five- game losing streak, which began with two games last week against the Lobos. The team has a respectable 22-20 record, but only two of those wins have come on the road as the team has a 2-10 record away from Lubbock, Texas. Leadoff speedster Jamodrick McGruder leads the team with a .371 average and is 30-35 on stolen base attempts. Barrett Barnes is the top power threat for the Red Raiders. He leads the team with 14 doubles, six home runs, and 40 RBIs to go along with his .342 average that is second behind McGruder. The team is hitting .298 as a whole. Tuesday’s probable starting pitcher, Rusty Shellhorn is 4-2 with a 4.58 ERA. He has 35 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. He is holding batters to a .268 batting average and has allowed only two home runs in 149 at bats.

• 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 10th weekly attendance report of the season and the New Mexico Lobos have come in at No. 37 following their home series against Florida Gulf Coast.

• Record setters ... The Lobos set a new school record when they defeated Florida Gulf Coast 12-6 on Apr. 21. It guaranteed the Lobos their seventh straight weekend series victory, which broke the record of six straight set by the 2010 team. The Lobos have defeated No. 22 Gonzaga, San Diego St. (home and away), No. 19 TCU, Air Force, 2008 national champion Fresno St., and Florida Gulf Coast during the streak.

• New Mexico pitching ... On April 14 and 15 against San Diego State, the Lobos trotted out three starting pitchers, each of whom is from New Mexico: Austin House, Albuquerque; Josh Walker, Rio Rancho; Gera Sanchez, Mayfield. This is believed to be the first time in UNM history that the team has started three pitchers from the state of New Mexico in a single weekend series. It is a great testament to the talent to be found in the Land of Enchantment. Each pitcher had an ERA under 4.00 at the time of his start, and the trio have the three lowest ERAs on the team.

• Pitching as a team ... As of April 23 the Lobos’ team ERA stands at 4.39, which would be the lowest team ERA UNM has had since producing a 4.13 mark in 1977. The staff is also on pace for 447 strikeouts, which would be the second-most in program history behind only 469 Ks in 1968. Gera Sanchez is leading the way by averaging 13.3 K/9.

• Honors for Garver ... Junior Mitchell Garver has earned his second Mountain West Player of the Week award this season. Over five games from Apr. 9-15 he hit .450 (9-20), scored seven runs, drove in eight, had three doubles, hit his fourth home run of the season, and had a stolen base. He also slugged .850 on the week. It is the third time in his career he has been honored as MW Player of the Week. He was also honored by CollegeBaseballInsider.com as the West Region’s Player of the Week for his play against Arizona State and San Diego State.

• Hits, hits, hits ... The Lobos reached double-digit hit totals in six consecutive games, a season-high, from Apr. 14 to Apr. 21.UNM has at least 10 hits in 22 of its 40 games this season. Last season they had 26 (out of 61) 10+ hit games.

• Situational hitting ... The Lobos are hitting an astonishing .676 (75-111) with a runner on third and less than two outs. They are also hitting .422 (19-45) with the bases loaded, and .398 (174-513) with two outs.

• Conference leaders... Following their series against Florida Gulf Coast, the Lobos lead the Mountain West in 11 individual offensive categories, with sophomore first baseman DJ Peterson leading the way in six: batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, home runs, and total bases. Junior Mitchell Garver leads the conference in doubles and at bats. Josh Melendez leads in three categories: triples, steals and steal attempts. As a team they lead the league in eight categories: batting average, slugging percentage, hits, triples, home runs, total bases, sacrifice flies, and stolen bases. Their pitching staff leads the conference in both total strikeouts and batters struck out looking Austin House leads the league in innings pitched and batters struck out looking. Gera Sanchez leads the league in total strikeouts and K/9. Sanchez has also allowed the fewest hits, runs, and earned runs among all qualified pitchers. The Lobos also lead the conference with a .968 fielding percentage and have committed the fewest errors in the Mountain West with only 50 in 40 games. They are also tied with UNLV and San Diego State for the most double plays turned with 34. Alex Allbritton has been involved in 30 of those, which also leads the MW.

• Follow my lead ... The Lobos have had their leadoff man reach in 141 of the 353 innings they’ve played so far this season. That is an on-base percentage of .399.

• Running wild ... The Lobos have totaled 42 stolen bases in 40 games this year compared to 29 stolen bases in 61 games in 2011. Newcomer Josh Melendez leads the way with 15, which would have lead the team last year. He is stealing at an impressive clip as well, converting on 15 of 16 at- tempts.