“Jackson Weller was one of the classiest kids I’ve ever coached,” Lobo Baseball Head Coach Ray Birmingham said as he held back tears. “This was the first time in 42 years I’ve lost one of the players on my watch.” Birmingham, Athletics Director Eddie Nuñez and outfielder Brayden Merritt spoke with members of the media about Weller, who was shot and killed outside of a Nob Hill nightclub early Saturday morning. During the press conference, Birmingham and Merritt reflected on how Weller came to play for the Lobos and what he meant to the team, despite never throwing a pitch in a series game.
Jackson Weller, 23 years old and a University of New Mexico Baseball Player, is dead after a shooting outside Imbibe Nightclub in Nob Hill early Saturday morning. Weller was a transfer from Gateway Community College in Arizona. He had not yet appeared for the Lobos after joining the program in the fall of 2018 and was sitting out this season due to injury. He had plans to rejoin the program next fall, according to an Albuquerque Journal story.
Mike Bradbury wasted no time filling his two newly vacated scholarships, replacing guards Madi Washington and Quincy Noble with graduate transfer Ciani Cryor and freshman Celine Dupont. Cryor will wear her third Division I jersey when she suits up for the Lobos in the fall, joining the program after a season at Georgia Tech and the last two at Rutgers. Last year for Rutgers she averaged 8.1 points, 5.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Cryor will provide the Lobos with extra insurance at point guard with Aisia Robertson expected to miss at least the first half of the season recovering from a torn ACL she suffered in the regular season final.
Anthony Mathis will return for one more season. The sharpshooter has been granted a season of competition waiver by the NCAA, which Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal reports is due to his usage by former head coach Craig Neal during the 2016-17 season. "I’m incredibly blessed and fortunate to be able to play another year of college basketball and continue my academic journey," Mathis said in a tweet. "I look forward to getting back on the court and starting graduate school."
The University of New Mexico Softball team barely avoided being no-hit by the UTEP Miners on Tuesday in a midweek non-conference matchup, losing 7-1. UTEP got on the board immediately off of Lobos starter Kiana Spencer, as Kacey Duffield double to bring home leadoff hitter Ariel Blair to put the Miners up 1-0. They would add two more runs to their total to take a 3-0 lead before the Lobos ever came up to bat.
Elliot Soto has never hit more than two home runs in a season as a professional baseball player. In Monday's series finale against the Salt Lake Bees he equaled that total in one afternoon in the Isotopes 9-4 victory. "Definitely haven't done it in pro ball before," Soto said. "I can't remember ...
The University of New Mexico Softball team will return to home turf Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., as they welcome the UTEP Miners (10-26) to town for a non-conference matchup prior to an off weekend. The two teams met earlier this year, with the Lobos claiming a 15-6 victory in the first game of ...
After a 0-for-5 start on Opening Day, Sam Hilliard was able to shake off the jitters and put together a 1-for-2 day at the plate, but the real value in his performance doesn't show in the at-bats. He walked three times and added a double in addition to scoring three runs in a 7-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees.
In the series opener on Friday night, the Lobos were finally able to put some runs on the board, but they just couldn't quite find enough in a 7-6 loss to Utah State. They outhit Utah State nine to six, but four USU homers, which accounted for all seven of their runs, proved to be the difference. Kianna Spencer started in the circle for the Lobos, pitching three innings and giving up five runs on four hits, as well as a walk and three strikeouts. UNM struck first, as a Cameryn O'Grady double in the top of the first drove home Aleyah Wilbon to give the Lobos a 1-0 lead. The Aggies answered right back, however, with a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning tying the game at one. Utah State took the lead in the second with a two-run home run from Bailey Lewis and never looked back.
Freshman guard Quincy Noble will transfer from the University of New Mexico after being granted her release from the Women's Basketball team, she announced on Twitter on Friday. "I would like to thank Coach Bradbury, the assistant coaches, my academic advisors and the Lobo fans at the University of New Mexico for being a special part of my freshman year," Noble said in her post. "... After a lot of prayers and conversations with my family I have decided to ask for my release from UNM. I am excited for my next journey God has planned for me. #notdoneyet"