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Two Lobos Earn Preseason All-MW; Lobos Tied for Third in Preseason Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of New Mexico baseball team claimed two spots on the 2021 Mountain West Baseball Preseason All-Conference team. The Lobos are tied with UNLV for third place in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The two players representing the Lobos in the Preseason All-Conference team are seniors Justin Armbruester and Kyle Landers.

Armbruester saw action in four games, all starts, in the 2020 season, and led the team with a 1.14 ERA. In his first collegiate start against Gonzaga, Armbruester threw six innings of five-hit baseball, allowing just one run and striking out five. He played six shutout innings and had a career-best nine strikeouts in the team’s 7-6 win over Northern Colorado.

In 2020, Landers led the Mountain West with a .417 average, going 25-60 from the plate with six doubles and a home run. Landers also led the Mountain West in runs batted in (18), on-base percentage (.532) and ended the season with five straight multi-hit games, going 13-for-22 with five runs, 11 runs batted in, and four doubles. Because of his efforts in 2020, Landers was named All-Mountain West and was named by DI Baseball as the Mountain West’s “Most Impressive Hitter.”

After an impressive 14-4 start to the 2020 season, the team is looking to pick up right where they left off. Before the cancelation of the season due to COVID-19, the Lobos were on a six-game win streak.  UNM is tied with UNLV in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 23 points each. Last season, UNLV was 6-11 overall prior to the cancellation of the season.

The Lobos will start the 2021 season at the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The team will first face Gonzaga at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19.

See below where the rest of the Mountain West teams landed in the Preseason Polls.


Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. San Diego State (6) 36
2. Fresno State (1) 29
5. Nevada 16
6. Air Force 11
7. San José State 9




Name                       Class     Position   Institution

Cole Blatchford            Sr.        3B        Air Force

Ryan Higgins                Jr.        INF/OF  Fresno State

Nikoh Mitchell              Sr.        LHP      Fresno State

Zach Presno                  Sr.        C          Fresno State

Owen Sharts                 Jr.        RHP     Nevada

Joshua Zamora              Sr.        3B        Nevada

Justin Armbruester        Sr.        RHP     New Mexico

Kyle Landers                 Sr.        1B        New Mexico

Jaden Fein                    So.       RF        San Diego State

Troy Melton                  So.       RHP     San Diego State

Matt Rudick                  Jr.        CF        San Diego State

Eric Bigani                    Jr.        C          UNLV

Edarian Williams           So.       2B        UNLV