• Three-run ninth lifts Isotopes past Zephyrs
    A three-run ninth inning lifted the Albuquerque Isotopes (19-30) past the New Orleans Zephyrs (23-22) in a 4-2 victory at Zephyr Field, Thursday night. Tim Smalling and Jose Rivera each reached to leadoff the top of the ninth via an error. Roger Bernadina sacrificed both runners into scoring position, and Angelys Nina picked up an RBI single that scored Smalling. The hero of the night, Kyle Parker, then stepped in a roped a two-RBI single into left, scoring Rivera and Nina. Parker turned in a 2-for-5 evening that included a home run, a run scored and three RBI. It was his second-straight multi-hit game, and he now has hits in 14 of his last 15 games. During that stretch, he is hitting .373 (22-for-59) during that stretch with eight runs scored, three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. HALE YEAH: Right-hander David Hale made his first start for the Isotopes since a spot start with the Colorado Rockies last week. He tossed seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. Hale did not walk a batter, while striking out two. In his last three starts between Triple-A and the Majors, Hale has tossed 19.2 innings, allowing just six earned runs and striking out 10.
  • Wright punches ticket to NCAA championships
    One day in, one athlete to nationals. University of New Mexico track and field athlete Alice Wright punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships Thursday as she placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition. Wright, who will move on to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., was just one UNM athlete to enjoy success Thursday, as four other Lobos advanced to the next round at the West Preliminaries. Peter Callahan, Tamara Armoush, Sophie Connor and Alex Herring all moved on to the quarterfinal round of their respective events, which will be held over the next two days at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. But Wright was the headliner of the opening day of the meet, as she became the first Lobo in three years to make the national finals in the 10,000. After sitting back in the front a largely compacted group through 10 laps, Wright took control of the latter half of the 25-lap race. She led for a number of the final laps, conceding first place on the home straight of the bell lap to Air Force's Hannah Everson. However, her time of 34 minutes, 25.04 seconds was good for second place in the event and easily secured the requisite top-12 finish needed to advance to the NCAA finals.
  • Isotopes' late rally falls short
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (18-30) scored a combined three runs in the sixth and seventh innings against the New Orleans Zephyrs (23-21) Wednesday night but eventually fell 4-3 after surrendering an eighth inning run at Zephyr Field. Pitchers dominated the early innings Wednesday evening, putting up four straight scoreless frames. The Zephyrs struck for two in the fifth and one in the sixth to jump out to a 3-1 lead. The Isotopes managed a two-run seventh to tie the game at three, but an eighth inning single gave New Orleans the 4-3 lead and eventual win. MORE MCBRIDE: A day after having his 12-game hitting streak snapped, Matt McBride returned to form with a 2-for-5 day. He now has hits in 17 of his last 19 games, 10 of which have been multi-hit performances. During that stretch, McBride is hitting .421 (32-for-76) with 16 runs scored, eight doubles, four homers, 11 RBI and two walks. PEAKING PARKER: Kyle Parker also had his 12-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday evening and responded with a 2-for-5 evening that included an RBI and a run scored. He now has hits in 13 of his last 14 games and is hitting .370 (20-for-54) during that stretch with seven runs scored, three doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
  • Gladiators destroy Bandits
    The Duke City Gladiators are on a mission. In a third, and final, regular season bout versus the San Angelo Bandits, the Gladiators made a statement to the league that they are here to play. Monday in San Angelo, Texas, the Gladiators played a strong and commanding game, dominating the matchup, 47-10. The Bandits scored first in the first quarter, but Duke City’s Jayson Serda answered right back with a 52-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Possessions for both teams were back-and-forth without any change in the score the rest of the quarter. In the second quarter, however, the Gladiators got the momentum and couldn’t be stopped afterwards. A huge play made by Serda on a missed San Angelo field goal was one piece of the winning puzzle. He returned the missed attempt for a 50-yard touchdown. Quarterback Kasey Peters connected with receivers Roland Bruno and James Cleveland on multiple occasions for touchdowns. Peters finished 17-for-33 with 166 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Cleveland and Bruno both finished with two touchdown receptions while Serda had quite the game with six solo tackles, two interceptions and two touchdowns. The Gladiators are now 6-3 overall and 4-3 in league play. The team’s last away game of is Friday in Allen, Texas against the Texas Revolution.
  • Isotopes shut out twice in one day
    The New Orleans Zephyrs (22-21) shutout the Albuquerque Isotopes (18-29) 3-0 and 4-0 during Tuesday evening’s doubleheader at Zephyr Field.The Isotopes have now been held scoreless for 22 straight innings. The Zephyrs wasted no time jumping on the board in both games. New Orleans put up single runs in the first and second innings of game one before adding an insurance run in the third. Game two saw the Zephyrs score one run in the first and two in the second to take control on the contest. Former Isotopes infielder Miguel Rojas turned in a 3-for-5 night with a home run, a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Entering the day, two Isotopes players held 11-game hitting streaks. Matt McBride and Kyle Parker both got hits in first game, but couldn’t continue their streaks in the second contest.  
  • UNM fighting for national bids at west prelims
    New Mexico track and field is sending 22 individuals and a relay team to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships competition this weekend in Austin, Texas. UNM’s 11 men, 11 women and men’s relay team are all eyeing a top-12 finish in their respective events at Mike A. Myers Stadium. A top-12 finish at the preliminary rounds — which are split between the West region in Austin and the East region in Jacksonville, Fla. — advances a competitor to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Qualifying for the preliminary championships competition is based on the descending-order list for the season, segregated by east and west sites. For each individual event contested at each of the prelim competitions, the top 48 declared student-athletes were accepted. On the men’s side, 11 Lobos and a relay will compete in Austin, with Allan Hamilton leading the pack in two events. Hamilton, the Mountain West champion in the long jump and triple jump, qualified in both events. He is seeded ninth in the long jump and 27th in the triple jump. Also qualifying in the jumps are Logan Pflibsen in the pole vault (seeded 17th), Yannick Roggatz in the long jump (32nd) and Django Lovett in the high jump (44th).
  • UNM’s season ends in MW championship
    The University of New Mexico baseball team saw its season come to a heartbreaking end Sunday as it fell to San Diego State 6-4 in the Mountain West Tournament championship game. The Lobos had the potential go-ahead run at the plate with two outs in the ninth in the form of Jack Zoellner, who had already homered and doubled in the game, but he flew out to left-center to end it. Zoellner was one of four Lobos, all of whom is either a freshman or sophomore, to earn All-Tournament honors. He was joined by Carl Stajduhar, Lane Milligan and Carson Schneider. The Lobos (32-27) had plenty of chances in the championship, but the crucial game-changing hit eluded them in the late innings. Outside of the ninth, perhaps their best chance came down one in the eighth. Jared Holley doubled with two outs, but Sam Haggerty’s looping stroke to center was snagged on a nice sliding catch. SDSU (40-21) got on board with a run in the first off freshman Tyler Stevens, who was starting on just three days’ rest, but the Lobos responded in the second. Stajduhar doubled to and Zoellner followed with a two-run shot off the scoreboard in right-center to give the Lobos a 2-1 lead.
  • Gray leads Isotopes past Express in series opener
    Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24) right-handed pitcher Jon Gray dominated the Round Rock Express (25-14) for nearly seven innings as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Gray allowed just one unearned run through his 6.2 innings of work. THE TURNING POINT: The key to Gray’s starts all season has been limiting first inning runs, and he managed to work around trouble in the opening frame Thursday night. He was spotted a two-run cushion thanks to a Ryan Casteel RBI single in the top of the first. After opening the bottom half of the frame with a strikeout, Gray walked Tomas Tellis on five pitches and Josh Hamilton doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The 23-year-old righty then induced back-to-back groundouts to strand a pair of runners and keep Round Rock off the board in the first. MR. McBRIDE: The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Thursday. He turned in a 2-for-4 evening with a double and two runs scored. He now has eight straight multi-hit games. During that stretch, McBride is batting .563 (18-for-32) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games overall.
  • UNM upsets Nevada at MW tournament
    The University of New Mexico baseball team was not happy with the way the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrated their Mountain West regular-season title on Lobo Field a few weeks ago. The Lobos wanted a chance for revenge with Nevada in the conference tournament. They got Nevada. They routed Nevada. The Lobos (31-25) used the 10-run rule for the second time in as many games in the Mountain West Tournament as they defeated the host and top-seeded Wolf Pack 14-4 in seven innings on a rainy night. It was the most runs scored against Nevada at home all season. “We’re a young team with lots of injuries and lots of things to deal with, but these guys are battling,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. Lane Milligan drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, while three Lobos recorded three hits. Every UNM starter had at least one, and all nine reached base safely at least twice. The offense backed a tremendous start by Toller Boardman, who moved to 9-3 on the season by pitching 6.2 innings and falling just one batter short of a complete game. It only took the Lobos just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Haggerty smacked a 1-0 pitched past Nevada’s third baseman for a double, and Milligan knocked an 0-1 pitch over the first-base bag for another double that brought in Haggerty.
  • Gladiators score 86 in loss
    As the Duke City Gladiators traveled to Amarillo last Saturday night, it’s only fitting the game turned into an old-fashioned western shootout. With both offenses firing on all cylinders, every defensive stop made a difference. But when it came down to it, the Amarillo Venom (6-3 Champions Indoor Football) defeated the Duke City Gladiators (3-3 CIF) in an 89-86 four-overtime indoor football clash. It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the game as neither team led by much more than a touchdown. Coupled by a trio of field goal misses from Amarillo’s Jacob Fetzon, Duke City extended their lead to as much as 60-49 with 11:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Venom went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter, which sent the game to overtime. Gladiators’ quarterback Kasey Peters, wide receiver Dexter Manley, and running back Seth Smith each scored their own touchdowns in extra time. But similar to regulation, the Venom answered back to the Gladiator’s scores and the wild, wild West matchup was finally decided in the fourth overtime. Peters finished 31-for-45 in passing attempts with 390 passing yards, and eight touchdowns. Manley added 12 receptions, 126 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Roland Bruno ended with 11 receptions, 122 yards and two touchdowns.