• Lobos sweep Aussies, Kirk has big series
    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team made it a clean sweep in its three-game tour of Australia. The Lobos held on, stiffening their defense with about 30 seconds remaining to top the Gold Coast All-Stars 82-80 Sunday in their final exhibition contest Down Under. Lobo Arthur Edwards forced Gold Coast’s Willie Farley to put up two long-distance desperation shots with time running out. In their three-game sweep, former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk averaged 21.0 points per game. Against Gold Coast, Kirk scored 18 points and 13 rebounds. He also had a 26-point performance against Kilsyth, the second game of the series. Also for the Lobos Sunday, Hugh Greenwood finished with 16 points and Kendall Williams added 15 points.
  • Isotopes blow out Bees, 13-2
    What had been a slumbering Albuquerque Isotopes offense woke up as it returned to Isotopes Park, particularly on Sunday and Monday. Albuquerque, which had some low offensive output during a California road swing last week, got its groove back at home against the Tacoma Rainiers and the Salt Lake Bees. Monday, Albuquerque scored 7 runs in the fifth inning as it blasted Salt Lake 13-2 at Isotopes Park. Elian Herrera, Brian Barden and Justin Sellers all went yard in the fifth, with Barden and Sellers blasting 2-run shots. The big bats by the Isotopes came one night after they thumped the Rainiers 12-5, blowing that game open with a 3-run sixth inning and a 6-run seventh. After losing six of eight at Sacramento and Fresno last week, Albuquerque (67-56) has won three of five in this current homestand, splitting with Tacoma and taking Monday’s series opener with Salt Lake. Albuquerque will host Salt Lake three more times in this series – all start times, including tonight’s ballgame, are at 6:35 p.m. – before it opens a five-game set at Oklahoma City Friday. The Isotopes are hoping their offense remains hot throughout the week, as they and Oklahoma City (69-54) are separated by just two games at the top of the PCL American Southern standings.
  • Lobos will host Fan Photo Day Saturday
    The University of New Mexico football team will host Lobo Football Fan Photo Day Saturday at University Stadium in Albuquerque. The event will start at noon at the football stadium. A press release from UNM said the event will feature an intrasquad scrimmage along with kid’s activities, such as face painting and bouncy houses in the stadium’s west parking lot. Hot dogs and small sodas can be purchased for $1. Anyone interested in purchasing Lobo season tickets will also have the opportunity to select their seat for the 2013 season. Following the scrimmage, fans can go down to the field to meet with coaches and players to get autographs and photos. The Lobos finished 4-9 in 2012. They open 2013 Aug. 31 at home.
  • Fishing Report 08-10-13
  • Isotopes fall 6-2 in series opener
    Even a change of scenery didn’t turn the Albuquerque Isotopes’ fortunes around Thursday. The Isotopes returned to Albuquerque for the start of an 8-game homestand Thursday, hoping to get back on the right track after a poor showing on the road. Instead, the Isotopes fell to the Tacoma Rainiers 6-2. The series continues tonight. Entertainer Myron Noodleman and post-game fireworks are scheduled. Albuquerque (64-55) looked like it might break out of its offensive funk, scoring runs in the first and second innings, but that would be all the scoring the team could muster against Tacoma. Tacoma pitcher Andrew Carraway settled down after the second inning and held Albuquerque scoreless for the next three innings before giving way to Josh Kinney (2-2). Kinney struck out two batters in the sixth, his only inning of work. In the top of the seventh, the Rainiers (63-56) rallied for four runs to put the game away. Isotopes reliever Rob Rasmussen (0-7) gave up four earned runs and four hits in 1-2/3 innings, upping his season ERA to 6.46.
  • Kirk scores 26 in exhibition game
    MELBOURNE, Australia — Alex Kirk thundered down under to the tune of 26 points as the University of New Mexico Lobos earned their second come-from-behind victory. Kirk put in 9 points in the final quarter as the Lobos, who trailed going into the fourth quarter topped the Kilsyth Cobras 78-66. The Lobos are on a three-game swing in Australia. Their final exhibition game is set for Sunday. UNM led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but a Kilsyth 20-4 run starting late in the second quarter and extending into the third quarter gave the Cobras a 48-43 lead. But UNM countered with a 13-3 spurt of its own to take the lead for good. Kirk had 19 points in the Lobos’ previous outing Tuesday, an 87-85 win over the Sydney Kings. Kirk also had 9 rebounds against Kilsyth.  
  • Lobos win first Aussie contest
    SYDNEY, Australia – In the first game of its Australian tour, the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team rallied from 11 points back to win at Bankstown Basketball Stadium. UNM trailed the Sydney Kings by a double-digit margin in the second half, but pulled off a big 87-85 win. Both teams shot the ball well, and both teams pulled out the stops for a win. Down eight at the break, the Lobos came roaring back. UNM’s rally started with a Kendall Williams 3-point play, the first of 12 fouls called on Sydney in the third quarter, which worked to UNM’s advantage. In international rules – which were used in this game – after the fifth foul in the quarter, all fouls are two shot fouls. UNM which was just 19-for-33 from the stripe, nonetheless came back to tie the game at 70-70 on two Williams free throws with 24 seconds to go. The Kings’ Jason Harvey eventually pushed Sydney back on top with his fourth 3-pointer of the evening making it 81-76 with 4:27 left, but UNM answered with a 9-0 run to take an 85-81 lead. It started when Cameron Bairstow found Alex Kirk for a dunk, which became a 3-point play. Bairstow, who played for the Australian collegiate team against Kirk during the World University Games last month, then tied it up with an 18-foot jumper.
  • 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.