July 10, 2013
2013 Season By the Numbers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 2013 was another superb season for the Lobo baseball team. Head coach Ray Birmingham and his squad set numerous conference records on their way to leading the nation in batting for the second time in five years. Here is a season recap by the numbers: one for each of the team’s 37 wins, plus a few extra.
1. The Lobos were ranked first in the nation in six offensive categories: batting average, runs per game, on base percentage, hits, slugging and doubles per game.
3. Peterson became the first Lobo to be a three-time All-American. He was a first teamer the past two seasons and a freshman All-American in 2011.
4. The Lobos made their fourth straight NCAA regional under Birmingham after having gone 48 years since their last (and only) postseason appearance.
5. Sam Haggerty wore No. 5 and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, which is the third straight year a Lobo has earned that honor.
6. Garver finished his career with 284 hits, good for sixth all-time at UNM.
7. The Lobos had a program-record seven players selected in the MLB Draft: Peterson in the first round, Sam Wolff in the sixth, Garver in the ninth, Alex Allbritton in the 21st, Will Mathis in the 25th, Jake McCasland in the 26th and Josh Melendez in the 37th.
8. John Pustay recorded hits in eight straight at bats from April 21 to April 30.
9. The Lobos had nine All-Mountain West performers (six first team and three second team) as well as nine Player/Pitcher of the Week Award winners.
10. The Lobos won all 10 Mountain West series on their way to winning the conference’s regular-season title.
11. Josh Walker finished the season with 11 wins, the second most a Lobo has had in a single season.
12. Peterson became UNM’s highest ever draft pick when he was taking No. 12 overall by the Seattle Mariners.
13. The Lobos were ranked No. 13 by Baseball America on May 19, the highest they have ever been ranked by that publication.
14. The Lobos won 14 road games, which is tied for 15th most in a season in school history.
15. Jared Holley, all 5’6 of him, led the team with 15 hit by pitches. It was the third straight year a freshman led the team in that category.
16. Peterson and Alex Real each recorded 16 putouts in a game this season. Real collected 16 against Oklahoma St. on Feb. 17 in the opening series of the season, while Peterson had 16 at Nevada on April 20.
17. Haggerty finished 17th in the nation in sacrifice bunts as he set a new UNM record with 16.
18. UNM is one of only 18 programs in the nation to make each of the last four NCAA regionals.
19. The Lobos scored a season-high 19 runs against Air Force in a 19-5 victory on April 6. It was also Coach Birmingham’s 1,000th career win.
20. Between April 12 and May 24 the Lobos won 20 of 22 games to secure an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
21. Lobo pitchers tossed 21 straight scoreless innings from Feb. 17 to Feb. 23. It was the longest scoreless stretch for UNM pitchers since at least 1981.
22. Luke Campbell hit .385 this season to finish 22nd in the nation in hitting. The Lobos had a trio of players in the Top 25 as both Peterson (.408, fourth) and Garver (.390, 14th) joined Campbell near the top of the leaderboards.
23. Walker now has 23 career decisions and owns a record of 19-4. His .826 winning percentage is the best in the history of Lobo baseball among pitchers with at least 15 career decisions.
24. On March 24 the Lobos played their first games at the newly renovated Lobo Field. UNM split a doubleheader with Nevada on its way to a 14-2 record at Lobo Field.
25. The Lobos won a Mountain West-record 25 conference games, breaking the old record of 24 set by UNLV in 2003.
26. Both Garver and Melendez recorded 26-game hitting streaks during the season, good for sixth longest at UNM. Garver hit .411 (44-for-107) during his streak with 11 multi-hit games, 23 runs and 24 RBI. Melendez hit .420 (42-for-100) with 12 multi-hit games, 24 runs and 20 RBI.
27. The Lobos earned 27 wins vs. right-handed starters over the course of the season.
28. Junior A.J. Carman wore No. 28 and was second on the team with 14 starts and third on the team with 58.0 innings pitched.
29. Both Gabe Aguilar and Walker appeared in 29 games, tied for fourth most in a single season at UNM.
30. Garver was one of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
31. Allbritton finished his career with 31 sacrifice bunts, the most in recorded Lobo history.
32. The school record for appearances in a season is 32 set by Joe Coleman in 1987. Hobie McClain came within one of tying that mark in 2013 as he finished with 31.
33. The Lobos hit at least one home run in 33 games. They went 24-9 when doing so.
34. The UNM bullpen earned 34 decisions on the season and went 21-13.
35. The Lobos scored first in 35 of their 59 games and went 25-10 when taking the first lead of a ballgame.
36. Real finished with 36 RBI and enjoyed a very solid sophomore campaign. His RBI total, though, was only seventh on the team.
37. The Lobos’ 37 wins matched their total from 2012 and tied for the fourth most in a single season at UNM.
66. Garver finished his career with 66 doubles, tied for fifth most all-time at UNM.
78. Peterson finished his career with 78 doubles, tied with Daniel Stovall for the most ever in a UNM uniform.
149. Aguilar finished his five-year career as part of more team wins (141) than any other player in school history.
181. Garver finished his career by starting 181 straight games, which set a new UNM record for most consecutive starts.
198. Peterson finished his career with 198 RBI, tied for fourth most in school history.
224. Allbritton finished his career with 224 games played, fourth most as a Lobo.
492. Peterson’s 492 career total bases were third most by a Lobo.
565. Allbritton had 565 defensive assists in his four-year career as a Lobo, which is good for sixth most at UNM.
724. The Lobos pounded out 724 hits this season to lead the nation.
809. Garver finished his career with the ninth most at bats as a Lobo with 809.
813. Allbritton’s 813 career at bats put him eighth all-time at UNM.
1136. Garver finished his illustrious career with 1,136 putouts, the third most a Lobo has ever recorded.