State Notes 05-26-11

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Lobos stun Horned Frogs in MWC second round

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of New Mexico Lobos pulled the upset of the Mountain West Conference baseball tournament Wednesday with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the No. 7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs.
The Lobos scratched out three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 4-3 lead over the tournament top-seed Horned Frogs.
The Frogs loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the ninth, but UNM used a fly out and a bang-bang 4-6-3 double play to end the game and send the Frogs into the losers’ bracket.
The upset win puts the Lobos into the finals of the winners’ bracket where they will meet Utah tonight. TCU drops into the elimination bracket to play Brigham Young.
“How about those Lobos?” said UNM manager Ray Birmingham.  “These young kids have played this kind of team all year long.  It’s just do the simple things and we’ll get this thing done.”
The young Lobos had some jitters in the bottom of the ninth. The first TCU runner reached base after the third strike went to the backstop.  TCU then bunted back to UNM reliever Bobby Mares, who had time to make the throw to second, but the ball was knocked out of shortstop Alex Allbritton’s glove.  
TCU bunted again and DJ Peterson launched a throw to first that was high and wide, but UNM’s defense righted itself to get out of the inning and seal the win.
The Lobos were swept in the regular season by the hard-hitting Utes, but the No. 6 seed Lobos only need two more victories to nab the MWC crown and make the NCAA tournament field.

Former Aggie Castillo to play pro hoops in Mexico

LAS CRUCES — Many athletes dream of professional careers, but Las Cruces native Gordo Castillo is making it a reality.
After a four-year career with the New Mexico State University men’s basketball team, Castillo has signed a contract to play for Fuerza Regia in Monterrey, Mexico.
The 6-5 shooting guard joins a pair of former Aggies, including head coach Reggie Jordan (1989-91) and point guard Mike Mitchell (2004-06) on the Fuerza Regia squad.
Castillo finished his Aggie career as No. 5 on NMSU’s all-time career 3-point field goals made list (161) and No. 6 for career 3-point field goals attempted (396).
He averaged 9.1 points per game, which ranked third on the team in 2010-11. Castillo shot 40.0 percent from the 3-point line (66-of-165) and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line (42-of-49), both marks were team highs.