• 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.
  • Younger Bhullar will join NM State
    exico State University men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has added Tanveer Bhullar to the 2013 class of signees. The 7-3 center will join the Aggies for the 2013-14 season. A Toronto, Ontario native, Bhullar joins not only the Aggies but also his older brother, Sim, in Las Cruces after graduating from Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School in Ontario. Bhullar led the Crusaders to a 38-2 record and averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists per game. “Obviously signing Tanveer is a big get for us both literally and figuratively speaking,” Menzies said. “In the NCAA today quality size is rare, so to land Tanveer to complement our current roster is significant. Tanveer is a very talented center with a bright future. We welcome him to the Aggie Nation.” Bhullar played at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W. Va., under coach Rob Fulford in 2011-12. He guided Huntington to a 24-2 record and a No. 43 ranking. Huntington Prep is the same school that Sim and incoming freshman guard Travon Landry attended. Bhullar joins DK Eldridge, a 6-2 guard from Dallas, and Landry, a 6-0 point guard from San Antonio, Texas, in the 2013 signee class. In 2012-13, the Aggies finished with a 24-11 record and won their second consecutive WAC tournament title.  
  • Isotopes drop opener vs. Omaha
    The Omaha Storm Chasers doubled-up on the Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday. The Isotopes and the Storm Chasers opened up a four-game set at Isotopes Park. The Storm Chasers scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 6-3 victory. The series continues through Sunday in Albuquerque. Jonathan Sanchez (2-1) got roughed up in his 4-1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits. For the game, the Storm Chasers (45-53) pounded out 13 hits, but Albuquerque was fortunate the Storm Chasers managed just 2 hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Albuquerque (56-43) managed just single tallies in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings.
  • Lobos will take on Kansas, Marquette in 2013-14 season
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Craig Neal era of Lobo basketball now has a firm date for its official debut.   The University of New Mexico opens with Alabama A&M, the first of 12 non-conference games that were officially released by the university on Wednesday. The schedule features six home games, two road games and four neutral site games. The Lobos are guaranteed to face five NCAA tournament teams (Kansas, Marquette, Cincinnati, New Mexico State University twice) and one NIT team (Charleston Southern) during its non-conference schedule. “It’s a good schedule, maybe the toughest one ever here,” said Neal of a schedule that could feature up to nine postseason teams and seven teams in the 2012-13 top 60 in the RPI.  “We tried to bring in opponents that if they aren’t in a major conference will do well in their leagues, because that has helped us in the past.” The Lobos will host exhibition games against Eastern New Mexico and Jamestown Nov. 2 and 6 before the official season opener against Alabama A&M on Nov. 9.  
  • Isotopes open homestand Thursday
    The Albuquerque Isotopes will come back from the PCL All-Star break with a four-game homestand. The Isotopes will take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a four-game set starting Thursday. During this homestand, the Isotopes will host the Albuquerque Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday. Saturday is a big day for the Isotopes, who will also host “Retro Night,” taking the field in the uniforms of the Albuquerque Dukes — the city’s former PCL club which moved to Portland following the 2000 season. The event also features post-game fireworks. Also on tap for the Isotopes’ homestand is a rally towel giveaway Thursday, a youth replica jersey giveaway Friday and an Isotopes hat giveaway Sunday. Albuquerque (56-42) is currently in first place in the PCL American Southern division standings. It is two games ahead of Round Rock and has won six of its last seven outings, including taking three of four on the road at Iowa prior to the All-Star break. The Isotopes haven’t fared particularly well this season against the Storm Chasers (44-53), however, going 5-6 in their games, although the Isotopes won three of their most recent four meetings. Buss playing for PCL All-Star team
  • Isotopes top Cubs in 18 innings
    The Albuquerque Isotopes and Iowa Cubs played a pair of games Sunday, although they meant to play just one. The two teams were knotted at 1 apiece until the top of the 18th inning when the Isotopes scored four times, winning Sunday’s contest 5-1 in Des Moines. The two teams combined to use 17 pitchers in the marathon outing. Albuquerque’s Peter Moylan (4-1) who threw the 15th, 16th and 17th innings, was credited with the win. Both teams were relatively punchless on offense, but the Cubs (48-50) were particularly so. The Cubs managed just seven hits off the 10 Isotopes pitchers who threw. In regulation, both teams managed single tallies in the sixth inning. In extras, neither team even put together much of a threat to score until the 18th. In the top of the 18th, Elevys Gonzalez led off with a walk, moved to second on a bunt by Dee Gordon, and scored on a throwing error by pitcher Casey Coleman for what would ultimately be the game-winning run. Nick Buss, who will represent Albuquerque (56-42) in the PCL-International League All-Star Game Wednesday, tripled in two runs later in the inning. Buss, who is near the top of the league in many offensive categories, was elected to start in the outfield for the PCL. The PCL is on its All-Star break until Thursday.
  • Isotopes win their 4th straight
    The Albuquerque Isotopes posted their fourth straight win Thursday, knocking off the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines. Albuquerque’s Angel Castro threw 7 innings of four-hit ball as the Isotopes downed the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of their road series. The win comes on the heels of a three-game Isotopes sweep of Nashville. Castro improved his record to 6-2 with the performance. He allowed just the one earned run in the seventh inning. Peter Moylan and Javy Guerra threw the eighth and ninth, with Guerra earning his third save. Albuquerque scored twice in the top of the first, all the runs it would need, then added single tallies in the third and fifth. Third baseman Ian Stewart, batting in the clean-up spot, drove in a pair of runs, including hitting a solo home run in the third. The Isotopes (54-41) are currently sitting atop the PCL American Southern division standings, two games ahead of Round Rock and three games ahead of Oklahoma City.