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UA baseball returns home to face New Mexico

By Dan Rosen
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 4, 1999
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The Arizona baseball team has returned to the mainland and will begin an eight game homestand, starting at 3 this afternoon against the New Mexico Lobos.

Arizona (6-0) holds a 144-29 advantage in the series against the Lobos (1-2).

The Wildcats are coming off of a three-game sweep of Hawaii-Hilo, which included a 16-inning, marathon 6-4 Arizona win.

The Lobos return to Arizona after playing Grand Canyon in Phoenix last weekend. UNM lost 7-5, won 20-11 and lost 11-9.

Junior Mike Crawford (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start today for UA.

UNM head coach Rick Alday, the founder of the baseball program at Pima College, returns seven of eight starters in the field and two starting ptichers from a 27-31 team.

UA sophomore shortstop Keoni DeRenne said this could be the first real test for Arizona this season.

"From what I hear they are a pretty good team. They are going to come in and put up a good fight," he said. "UH-Hilo and St. Mary's were not real strong. This is just another step that we have to overcome as we continue to get better and closer together as a team."