• Isotopes shut out at Fresno
    The road has been plenty bumpy for the Albuquerque Isotopes. The Isotopes dropped their sixth straight contest in seven outings on their California road trip Monday. The Isotopes were shut out by the Fresno Grizzlies 2-0 in Fresno. This disastrous trip for Albuquerque will come to an end tonight when it finishes off the series against Fresno. Albuquerque returns home to the friendly confines of Isotopes Park Thursday for the start of an eight-game homestand. The six-game skid dropped Albuquerque (63-54) four games off the pace for the PCL American Southern division lead. Oklahoma City (67-50) is on top of the standings and Round Rock (62-55) is just a game behind the Isotopes. On this trip, the Isotopes have not scored more than two runs in any game, including Monday night’s shutout and a 2-1 loss Sunday night to the Grizzlies. Red Patterson was the hard-luck loser Monday, giving up just one earned run and three hits in 5-2/3 innings. Patterson (6-4) didn’t get much offensive support, save lead-off batter Matt Angle. Angle went 3-for-3 with a double, but the next four spots in the Albuquerque batting order went a combined 1-for-14 in the game.
  • NMSU eyes beer sales at Pan Am
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers is voicing support for the possibility of selling beer and wine during sports events at the Las Cruces school’s Pan American Center. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the possibility is expected to be up for discussion this fall. Carruthers says selling beer and wine at the center would be a good revenue-maker for NMSU and shouldn’t have a downside if handled appropriately. On the other hand, Carruthers said he’d oppose alcohol sales at Aggie Memorial Stadium. He says that’s because the university would be liable if people who drink while tailgating before the game purchase a single drink inside the stadium. The Pan American Center is the venue for NMSU home basketball and volleyball games as well as special events.
  • Isotopes manage just 1 run in second straight loss
    Runs have been at a premium in recent Albuquerque Isotopes contests. For the second consecutive night Thursday, the Isotopes were held to a lone run against the Sacramento River Cats, those two games coming on the heels of two consecutive shutout victories by the Isotopes. Albuquerque (63-50) collected seven hits, nearly double its output of the previous night, but managed just a single tally in the fourth inning as it fell to Sacramento 4-1 on the road. Justin Sellers drove in Nick Buss in the top of the fourth, but the Isotopes wouldn’t be able to string any hits together against the River Cats (59-54) for the remainder of the night. A trio of River Cats pitchers, led by Arnold Leon, kept the Isotopes largely in check, with Leon (2-2) earning the victory and allowing just the one unearned run. Isotopes starter Angel Castro (6-3) got off to a rocky start, giving up six hits and three walks in 3-2/3 innings. Reliever Sean White wasn’t any more effective, allowing a pair of earned runs in 2-1/3 innings. The loss put the Isotopes in a tie with Oklahoma City for first place in the PCL American Southern division. Round Rock, which has slumped of late, has fallen one game off the pace in the division standings.
  • Isotopes downed by River Cats
    Following two straight shutout victories for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Isotopes themselves had a quiet offensive outing. Sacramento’s Travis Banwart (7-5) and two other River Cat pitchers held the Isotopes to just four hits as the River Cats prevailed 5-1 in Sacramento. The Isotopes were limited to four singles in the game, with right fielder Nick Buss driving in the team’s only run in the sixth. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Albuquerque had won two straight games via shutout, including Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the River Cats — behind Matt Magill’s six scoreless innings — in the opener of the current four-game series. The third game of the series is scheduled for tonight. Albuquerque returns to Isotopes Park Aug. 8. Sacramento (58-54) scored a pair of runs in the first inning and pushed three more runs across in the fifth. Albuquerque starter Rob Rasmussen allowed three solo home runs in the fifth inning which knocked him out of the game. Rasmussen (0-5) gave up seven hits and issued four walks in 4-1/3 innings before giving way to Red Patterson. Buss’ infield single drove in Tony Gwynn Jr. after Gwynn led off the inning for a walk. The RBI was Buss’ 81st of the season. Van Slyke rejoins Dodgers
  • Isotopes pound Zephyrs, take series
    The Albuquerque Isotopes took three out of four home games to keep pace with the Round Rock Express in the division standings. Albuquerque capped off its home series against New Orleans’ Zephyrs with a big 8-0 win Monday afternoon. The Isotopes scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to start to pull away from the Zephyrs, then tacked on three more runs in the seventh. Meanwhile, pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (4-1) allowed just three hits in five innings. He and Sean White, Kelvin De La Cruz and Steve Smith combined for the shutout. Sanchez struck out six batters in five innings, but also issued five walks. White and De La Cruz didn’t allow a baserunner, but Smith had to labor through two innings of work to preserve the Isotopes’ fourth shutout victory of the year. Currently, Albuquerque (62-48) is knotted with Round Rock for the lead in the PCL American Southern division. Oklahoma City (60-50) is just two games back of both teams. Albuquerque won both ends of an unscheduled doubleheader Saturday — Friday’s game was postponed due to heavy rain in the area — but lost 3-2 Sunday before bouncing back to win Monday to take the series.
  • Lobo women’s track earns academic honors for 2013 season
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico women’s track and field squad was named Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Meanwhile, seven women were awarded individual All-Academic honors. The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, recognizes teams that registered a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher during the academic year. The UNM women, with a team GPA of 3.47, were one of five Mountain West Schools to earn the honor, and were tops in the conference. The women also tied for the 12th-best GPA out of the 187 Division I institutions that were recognized. Individually, the Lobos also produced stellar academic results, with seven student-athletes earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined efforts. The individual award is awarded to student-athlete who attain a 3.25 GPA and either finished the regular season indoors ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event (as per the official NCAA proof-of-performance list) or participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
  • Isotopes stymied by Sounds
    Nashville pitcher Johnny Hellweg stymied the Albuquerque Isotopes for the second time this season Thursday. Hellweg allowed just one unearned run in six innings on the mound as the Sounds nipped the Isotopes 3-2 in their series finale. Hellweg (9-4) has a PCL-best 2.44 ERA and has given up just two runs in 12 innings against the Isotopes this season. Albuquerque returns home tonight for the opener of a series against New Orleans. Albuquerque split the four road games with the Sounds, in which the Isotopes had an uneven offensive showing. Rob Rasmussen of Albuquerque is winless in five decisions this year and was the hard-luck loser Thursday, giving up three runs in six innings. Despite the loss, the Isotopes (59-47) are still tied with the Round Rock Express for first place in the PCL American Southern division standings. Albuquerque’s Nick Buss drove in both runs, pushing Scott Van Slyke home on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, then just beating a potential double-play ball in the eighth, on which Tony Gwynn Jr. scored to put the Isotopes within one run. The series with the Zephyrs is the Isotopes’ Breast Cancer Awareness homestand. There will also be a fireworks display following Saturday’s night’s game. Herrera back up with the Dodgers
  • Isotopes blow out Sounds Wednesday
    Matt Magill had a dominating performance and got plenty of run support as the Albuquerque Isotopes thumped the Nashville Sounds 9-1 Wednesday. Magill allowed just one run on three hits in 5-1/3 innings of work, striking out 10 batters as he improved to 3-0 on the season. Magill fanned six Sounds batters in a row at one point. Meanwhile, the Isotopes, who have been reeling of late, got their offense going. Nick Buss went 2-for-4 and hit his 14th home run of the season, while Brian Barden went 2-for-5 and had a RBI. Dee Gordon had a pair of hits and swiped his PCL-leading 37th base. There was even more good news for Albuquerque Wednesday, as Round Rock’s Express dropped their contest. Albuquerque and Round Rock are again tied for the American Southern division’s lead. Rob Rasmussen is scheduled to start for the Isotopes (59-46) tonight in the fourth and final game of the series between the two teams. Albuquerque has won 8 of 10 contests over Nashville in 2013. The Isotopes return to Albuquerque Friday to face New Orleans.
  • Broncos, Bulldogs picked to top MW this year
     LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boise State and Fresno State are projected to finish on top of the two new football divisions of the Mountain West Conference this season. The Broncos are picked to finish first in the Mountain Division, while the Bulldogs are the favorites in the West Division among members of the media who cover the league's teams. It is the league's first season of divisional play. The two division leaders will meet in the inaugural Mountain West championship game, set for Dec. 7. The league also announced its preseason all-conference team on Monday as part of the Mountain West's annual media days in Las Vegas. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was named preseason offensive player of the year, while fellow Bulldog Derron Smith, a defensive back, earned defensive honors and New Mexico kick returner Chase Clayton was selected top special teams player. The Broncos are coming off an 11-2 season and were supposed to join the Big East this year. But the school backed out of those plans, opting instead to remain in the Mountain West Conference. Boise State beat Washington 28-26 last year in the Las Vegas Bowl.
  • Isotopes drop 3 of 4 at home
    After checking in as one of the hottest teams in the PCL, the Albuquerque Isotopes have cooled considerably. The Isotopes dropped three of four home contests this weekend to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Their luck didn’t improve on the start of their road trip Monday, either, as they fell in the opening game of a series at Nashville. Albuquerque (57-46), which had won 9 of 11 contests heading into a festive home series against Omaha Thursday, managed just one victory at Isotopes Park, that being Friday. Saturday was a big day for Albuquerque, which not only hosted “Retro Night,” where it took the field in the uniforms of the Albuquerque Dukes, but inducted new members into its Hall of Fame and held a post-game fireworks show. None of that helped the Isotopes secure a victory, however, as they fell to Omaha 4-2. Omaha (47-55) has been a bugaboo for Albuquerque all season, having won 10 of the teams’ 16 meetings. Against Nashville’s Sounds (37-66) Monday, the Isotopes scored three runs in the top of the seventh to go up 4-3, but the Sounds came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good. Albuquerque relief pitcher Matt Palmer (5-4) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in 3-1/3 innings of work.