• Teams will play a ‘friendly’
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and Mexican first division club Santos Laguna have scheduled a game in Albuquerque. The Rapids announced Friday that the two clubs will play an international friendly at University Stadium on July 12. The move is part of efforts by MLS and La Liga MX to expand to new markets. Interest in soccer has grown in Albuquerque, partly because of the success of the New Mexico’s men’s soccer team. The city also is home to a sizeable Mexican immigrant population. Colorado won the MLS Cup for the first time in 2010. Club Santos Laguna is one of the most popular soccer teams in Mexico.
  • Isotopes win in extras Thursday
    Tony Gwynn Jr. came through with a two-run double in the 11th inning and Jeremy Moore’s two-run homer later in the inning boosted the Albuquerque Isotopes to a win Thursday. Albuquerque earned a split on the road in its four-game series against Round Rock, scoring five runs in the 11th to win 9-4. Albuquerque returns to Isotopes Park for a four-game series against Memphis starting tonight. Thursday’s game was about as even as it could be through 10 innings, with both teams recording 4 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors and had left 9 runners on base. The big hits in the 11th by Gwynn and Moore were the only hits the two had Thursday. They had gone a combined 0-for-9 prior to that. The Isotopes (35-32), who have now alternated wins and losses for 13 games, used six pitchers against Round Rock (37-31). Steve Ames (2-2), who threw the bottom of the 10th, earned the victory.  
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  • Express double-up Isotopes Wednesday
    The Albuquerque Isotopes banged out 13 hits Wednesday night at Round Rock, Texas, but those hits didn’t equate to many runs. Albuquerque managed just one run through eight innings Wednesday. It tried to mount a rally in the top of the ninth, but scored just one more run to lose 4-2 against the Express. The teams have just one more meeting in this series, that coming tonight, before the Isotopes return home for a quick four-game set against Memphis that opens Friday. Against Round Rock, Eilan Herrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate from the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in the batting order and six of the other eight hitters to go up to the plate for the Isotopes had a hit but the Isotopes (34-32) couldn’t manage to string any of those hits together. Meanwhile, Round Rock (37-30) scored a pair of runs in the first and tacked on single scores in the third and seventh to win. Albuquerque pitcher Aaron Laffey (2-3) took the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits.  
  • State Notes 06-13-13
    Aggies’ Olive nominated for Woman of Year award New Mexico State University softball standout Amber Olive was nominated for a prestigious award by the NCAA. Olive is up for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award following a big 2013 season and her role in areas of community service, leadership and academics. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee takes the top 10 candidates from Divisions I-III and from that pool the winner will be selected. Olive, a senior left fielder originally from Simi Valley, Calif., graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication studies, earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.91. Olive is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and was a four-time All-WAC Academic selection. For the Aggie softball team, she was an All-WAC first team player and led the conference in hits (79), runs (41) and was second in batting average (.393). She was also co-chair of Drive HOPE (Helping Other People Eat), an organization that collected more than 2,500 pounds of food for the underprivileged in Doña Ana County. NMSU announces soccer schedule for 2013 season
  • Johnson leads Isotopes to a win
    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ Blake Johnson continued his recent hot streak on the mound, helping the Isotopes to just their second shutout victory of the season Tuesday. Johnson, who is fifth in the Pacific Coast League in ERA, gave up just three hits in five innings at Round Rock. His counterpart, the Round Rock Express’ Brad Mills, who had the eighth-best ERA coming in, didn’t fare as well, although he gave up just two earned runs in six innings. But with Tuesday’s game still tight, the Isotopes rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Round Rock 6-0. Johnson (6-3) improved his season ERA to 3.10. He allowed only one walk and struck out five as the Isotopes (34-31) continued their string of alternating wins and losses to 11 games. Mills took his first loss of the season Tuesday, going to 6-1. Johnson has allowed just four runs in his last 30 innings of work. The Isotopes will return to Albuquerque Friday night. Dodgers, Isotopes swap players
  • Isotopes lose 3-2 to Zephyrs on late HR
    Bryan Peterson of the New Orleans Zephyrs belted a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to drop the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-2 Thursday. Albuquerque fell in the opener of its eight-game road trip which runs through June 14. The two teams were tied at 2-2 from the top of the third inning through the bottom of the eighth before Peterson’s home run. Isotopes starting pitcher Blake Johnson threw six strong innings (6 hits, 2 earned runs, 7 strikeouts) and reliever Sean White set down all three batters he faced in the seventh before Javy Guerra (0-3) gave up the solo shot in the eighth. But the Isotopes offense managed just one hit off three New Orleans relievers who took over for starter Doug Mathis. The loss dropped the Isotopes (31-29) to three games back of Round Rock, their next opponent following this series, in this PCL American Southern standings.
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  • 'Topes Notes 06-05-13
    Isotopes win series finale, 10-2 The Albuquerque Isotopes collected a season-high eight extra-base hits as they routed the Oklahoma City RedHawks in the finale of their series Tuesday. Right fielder Matt Angle homered twice, the first multi-home run outing of his career for Albuquerque as it cruised to a 10-2 victory at Isotopes Park. The win for the Isotopes (31-28) gave them a series split with Oklahoma City. The Isotopes have a travel day today before eight road games against New Orleans and Round Rock. They will return to Albuquerque June 14. Albuquerque scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open the contest. Oklahoma City scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut the Albuquerque advantage to 4-2 but Dee Gordon came through with a two-run triple and Nick Buss drove in two runs with a ground-rule double later in the inning. Red Patterson, who started Tuesday’s game, was added to the Isotopes’ roster earlier in the day. He had been dropped to rookie-level Ogden June 1 but right-hander Angel Castro was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, necessitating the move. Oklahoma City (32-25), which won on Saturday and Monday, is tied with Round Rock in the PCL American Southern standings and those teams lead Albuquerque by 2 games. Isotopes hit 6-million fan mark
  • Game and Fish to host clinics
    Saturday is National Free Fishing Day across the country, meaning no licenses will be required to fish in public waters across New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced it will also host several fishing instructional courses for kids around the state. Those courses will be in the following locations: • Riverwalk Pond (Grants), 8 a.m. • Eagle Rock Lake (Questa), 9 a.m. • Roswell Walmart Super Center, 7 a.m. • Alumni Pond (Las Cruces), 8 a.m. • Tingley Beach (Albuquerque), 9 a.m.