No. 16 Lobos Hit the Road to Close Regular Season

May 15, 2013

Series Notes: No. 16 Lobos at San Diego St. Get Acrobat Reader

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Lobo Baseball - Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
When: Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (MT), Friday, 7:00 p.m. (MT), Saturday, 3:00 p.m. (MT)
Who: San Diego St. Aztecs
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Radio: ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team will broadcast all three games live with Robert Portnoy, the voice of the Lobos, providing the play-by-play. 

Mountain West Standings

PlaceSchoolMW Overall 
1 New Mexico 22-5 32-18
2 UNLV 16-11 34-17
3 San Diego St. 15-12 26-25
4 (tie) Nevada 11-16 24-27
4 (tie) Fresno St. 11-16 18-31
6 Air Force 6-21 14-35

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament already locked up, the Lobos travel to face San Diego St. for three games to close out the regular season. The Lobos are looking to stay hot while the Aztecs have a chance to claim the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They trail second-place UNLV by only one game.

If UNM wins the series vs. the Aztecs then that means the Lobos will have won every series during the conference season, a mightily impressive feat. Also, the Lobos know there are no guarantees regarding the NCAA Tournament. They are looking to win every game just in case they slip up in the conference tournament and don't receive the league's automatic bid.

This series will be strength against strength as the Lobos bring their NCAA-leading .340 batting average and No. 2 scoring offense (8.5 runs per game) to San Diego to face the Aztecs and their MW-leading pitching staff. SDSU's staff has a 3.78 ERA and has not allowed more than four runs in its last six games. UNM, meanwhile, has scored four or more runs in 40 of its 50 games this season.


• SCOUTING SAN DIEGO ST. ... The Aztecs have a chance to move up to second in the MW and claim a first-round bye in the conference tournament. They’re currently one game behind UNLV after only going 2-1 against Air Force last weekend. Offensively they are hitting only .265 as a team, but they are led by sophomore first baseman Ryan Muno. Despite missing 19 games he leads the team with 14 doubles, four home runs and is tied for the lead with 35 RBI. At .524, he is the only Aztec slugging above .400. The team’s strength lies in its pitching staff, as it sports a Mountani-West leading ERA of 3.78. Thursday’s starter, Michael Cederoth (3-6, 3.49) leads the team with 92 strikeouts in 80.0 innings. Ryan Doran, Friday’s starter, is 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA and has pitched a team-high 86.0 innings. Mike RoBards (3-1, 2.89 in 15 games and six starts) rounds out the weekend rotation. The bullpen is anchored by freshman Bubba Derby, a member of the Stopper of the Year Mid-season Watch List. He has 10 saves and a 3.45 ERA. The Aztecs also lead the conference in defense, as they have a team fielding percentage of .976. They’ve committed just 46 errors, 10 of which have come from freshman third baseman Tyler France.

• WALKER IS JUST A NAME ... In his complete-game shutout of Fresno St. on May 10, Josh Walker became the first Lobo in over three years to throw a complete game and not walk a single batter. Wily Kesler last accomplished the feat on April 25, 2010, at Air Force.

 GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ ... Following his solid performance against Fresno St. May 10-12 (4-11, 3B, three HR, five runs, five RBI), DJ Peterson has crept up the all-time UNM leaderboards. He now ranks second in doubles (75), third in total bases (469), fourth in both home runs (39) and slugging (.692), and fifth in RBI (189).

• WALKER EARNS WEEKLY HONOR ... Thanks to his dominating three-hit shutout over Fresno St. on Friday, May 10, Josh Walker was named MW Co-Pitcher of the Week. It was his first career weekly honor and he shared the award with Air Force’s Cameron White. Walker did not walk a batter, struck out six, faced just two over the minimum, retired the last 16 hitters he faced, and threw 80 of his 103 pitches for strikes. And that was all in his first start of the season.

• HIT PARADE (TAKE TWO) ... Josh Melendez matched Mitch Garver’s team-high 26-game hitting streak from March 24 through May 5. During that time he went 42-100 (.420) with 24 runs, 20 RBI, nine doubles, three triples, three home runs and 15 walks. He slugged .660 and reached base in half his plate appearances. The streak raised his average from .253 to .344. It tied for the sixth longest in school history.

• DOUBLE TROUBLE ... DJ Peterson is closing in on the school’s all-time doubles list with 75 after knocking two against Air Force May 3-5. He is only three shy of the school record, held by Daniel Stovall who hit 78 during his career from 2004-07. Peterson is also now third in Mountain West history behind only Stovall and UNLV’s Brent Johnson, who hit 90 from 2001-2004.

 CLINCHED ... Despite being only 80 percent of the way through the conference season, the Lobos clinched the Mountain West regular-season title on Sunday, May 5. Their 14-7 win over Air Force, coupled with losses by UNLV and San Diego St., gave UNM a seven-game lead with only six games remaining.

• MOUNTAIN WEST RECORD ... The Lobos extended their MW record winng streak in conference play to 14 games with wins against Fresno St. on May 10 & 11. The streak came to an end with a 9-8 loss to the Bulldogs on May 12. During the streak the Lobos outscored their opponents 142-61 during the streak and hit an astounding .382. They slugged .603 and held their opponents to a .273 batting average. TCU had 10-game MW winning streaks in 2011, 2010 and 2007, which were tied for the longest prior to UNM’s.

 HOTTER THAN SOUP ... On a team full of hot players, nobody is hotter than Luke Campbell. He had a streak of nine straight multi-hit games snapped Saturday at Fresno St.. Over that span he went 19-for-38 (.500) with 14 runs, 10 RBI, seven doubles, two triples and a homer. He slugged .868 during that stretch and raised his batting average from .328 to .368.

• WOLFF ON FIRE ... Senior Sam Wolff has been seeing a lot of zeroes lately. Dating back to April 20 against Nevada, he has allowed only three runs, two earned, in his last 26.0 innings pitched. Included in this stretch was a career-best 14.2-inning scoreless streak. He lowered his ERA from 4.91 to 3.34 during that time while striking out 18 and walking just seven.

• W IS FOR “WALKER” AND “WIN” ... Last season Josh Walker was part of UNM’s excellent weekend rotation and went 8-3. This season he was moved to the back of the bullpen and was been an anchor as the Lobos’ closer. Then he moved back into the rotation May 10 against Fresno St. and threw a shutout in his first start. He is now 9-0 with seven saves on the season. He is one of only nine pitchers in the nation to be undefeated with nine or more wins. His career record of 17-3 gives him a winning percentage of .850, which is the highest in school history (min. 15 decisions). Also his seven saves this season are tied for third most in school history.

• IF YOU WANT TO WIN PUT AGUILAR IN ... Senior left-handed pitcher Gabe Aguilar is in his fifth season at UNM because he redshirted the 2011 season, and now he is has enjoyed more wins as a Lobo than any other player. When he was on the active roster in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, the Lobos have won 144 games. That breaks the school record of 141 held by Walt Arnold and Mike Foote, who both played from 1977-80. Aguilar also has 61 appearances in his career, which is only one shy of sixth place at UNM.

 FRIDAY, FRIDAY ... One of the reasons the Lobos have been able to win seven straight Mountain West series is their success on Fridays. Typically teams throw their best pitcher the first game of the series, and UNM is an astounding 11-1 on Fridays this season. In fact, the Lobos have won their past 11 games on Friday. Their first game of the season was a 4-2 defeat to Oklahoma St. on Friday, Feb. 15, but since then they have literally been unbeatable.

• NO REST? NO PROBLEM ... Senior catcher Mitch Garver doesn’t take days off. You can always pencil him into the lineup no matter what. Need proof? He has started 172 straight games over the past three seasons, including all 50 so far in 2013. That is believed to be the third longest active streak in the country.

• 200 233 AND COUNTING ... Senior catcher Mitch Garver reached a milestone against Nebraska on Saturday, March 2, by recording his 200th career hit. He is only the second player in UNM history whose primary position was catcher to reach that plateau. Former All-American Rafael Neda used to hold the record for career hits for backstops at UNM with 233, until Garver passed him in his first at-bat against Air Force on April 6. He singled through the left side in the first inning and added two more hits that game. He now has 272 career hits as he adds to his lead with every hit he collects. He has a chance to reach the Top 5 for career hits at UNM by the team the season ends. Dusty Young is currently fifth in school history with 286.

• FOLLOW MY LEAD ... The Lobos have had their leadoff man reach in 189 of 458 innings this season for an OBP of .425. That is actually lower than the team’s overall OBP of .427, but is still a big reason the team is second in the country averaging 8.5 runs per game.

• EXPECT RUNS EARLY ... Both the Lobos and their opponents are scoring early and often this season. In the first inning of games the Lobos (42 runs) and their opponents (41) have combined to score 83 runs.

 ... AND EXPECT RUNS LATE ... The highest scoring inning for UNM this season has been the eighth. The Lobos (69) and their opponents (42) have combined for 111 runs in the second-to-last frame. So beware if you’re a reliever coming in to protect a lead late in the game.


Lobos statistics Top 25 national rankings
(as of May 13)

Team

Batting average (.340) 1st
Slugging (.513) 1st
OBP (.427) 1st
Hits (629) 1st
Doubles (132) 1st
Doubles per game (2.64) 1st
Runs (426) 2nd
Triples (29) 2nd
Runs per game (8.5) 2nd
Triples per game (.58) 2nd
Walks (240) 13th
Home runs (43) 17th
Home runs per game (.86) 17th

Individual

Batting average
DJ Peterson (.408) 8th
Mitch Garver (.398) 17th

Doubles
DJ Peterson (22) 5th
Mitch Garver (19) 23rd

Doubles per game
DJ Peterson (.48) 4th

Games started
Sam Wolff (13) 17th

HBP per game
Jared Holley (.37) 25th

Hits
Mitch Garver (84) 5th

Home runs
DJ Peterson (16) 3rd

Home runs per game
DJ Peterson (.35) 3rd

OBP
DJ Peterson (.522) 2nd

RBI
DJ Peterson (63) 5th
Mitch Garver (57) 18th

RBI per game
DJ Peterson (1.37) 2nd
Mitch Garver (1.14) 16th

Runs
DJ Peterson (62) 4th

Runs per game
DJ Peterson (1.35) 2nd

Sacrifice bunts
Sam Haggerty (14) 17th

Sacrifice flies
Alex Allbritton (8) 10th

Slugging
DJ Peterson (.832) 2nd

Total bases
DJ Peterson (153) 2nd
Mitch Garver (125) 18th

Walks
Sam Haggerty (42) 14th
DJ Peterson (40) 19th

Walks per game
DJ Peterson (.87) 11th

Wins
Josh Walker (9) 17th