The New Mexico baseball team will play its home opener as the road team. A weather-induced rescheduling will have the Lobos and Air Force Falcons playing in Albuquerque this weekend instead of Colorado Springs.
With some nasty weather bearing down on the Academy, the coaching staffs were able to negotiate moving the entire three-game series to Lobo Field this Friday through Sunday. Air Force will still act as the home team, batting in the bottom of the inning and such.
“With the weather situation looking like it is, this makes the most sense for all involved,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said in a press release. The Lobos and Falcons will still play their series in April at Lobo Field with UNM as the home team.
The games are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Due to the Lobos-UNLV basketball game at The Pit on Saturday, fans are asked to park in the dirt lot south of the stadium for that game only.
UNM (3-1) bounced back from an opening 9-3 loss to Michigan State last Friday at the Surprise (Ariz.) Tournament, defeating Northwestern 5-3 on Saturday and then taking two games (7-4, 5-2) from Oregon State on Sunday and Monday. Air Force (0-4) had a less memorable opening weekend, losing three games to The Citadel and one to Savannah State.
Junior lefty Toller Boardman (1-0, 2.57 ERA) will start Friday’s game, opposed by Falcons right-hander Griffin Jax, who allowed just one run in 14 innings against UNM last season. Senior lefty Colton Thomson (0-0, 5.06) will start Saturday against Air Force’s Steven Trojan.
The Falcons will send lefty Jacob DeVries to the mound on Sunday after he struck out eight batters in five innings last week. The Lobos have yet to name a starter for the series finale, with junior right-hander Drew Bridges (0-0, 3.00) and sophomore lefty Carson Schneider (0-0, 4.91) the top candidates after both started in Arizona.
Offensively at the Surprise Tournament, UNM was led by the young duo of sophomore designated hitter Chris DeVito (6-for-14, HR, 2 RBI) and freshman first baseman Carl Stajduhar (6-for-17, HR, 5 RBI). Out of the bullpen, freshmen Tyler Stevens and Luis Gonzalez combined for seven scoreless innings and two victories.
The only positional questions for the Lobos to answer this weekend is who will catch and who will play right field. Gonzalez (3-for-8, RBI) and sophomore Andre Vigil (2-for-6, 2 RBI) each started two games in right, while freshman Cory Voss (2-for-7, RBI) and junior Scottie Graham (0-for-5) split the starts behind the plate.
Saturday and Sunday’s games can be heard on 101.7 FM. All games are available with box score updates and live streaming on GoLobos.com.
Following this series, UNM will still host the Lobo Invite from Feb. 27 through March 1. San Francisco (0-5 entering this weekend) and Utah Valley (0-4) will play the Lobos twice apiece.