March 5, 2009
Up Next For Lobo Baseball
Games #12-15 vs. Binghamton
Friday, March 6 6 p.m. (MST)
Saturday, March 7 2 p.m. (DH; MST)
Sunday, March 8 12 p.m. (MST)
Isotopes Park Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Webcast: Link available on GoLobos.com.
Radio: KDEF 1150 AM (Henry Tafoya, play-by-play; Drew McDonald, color)
Against Binghamton: This will be the first meeting between the two schools in baseball. The Bearcats are 1-2 on the season after starting the season two weeks ago at Dallas Baptist. Last week's games in Virginia were cancelled due to weather. Head coach Tim Sinicki is in his 17th season at BU. The Bearcats have won back-to-back America East Conference regular season titles and won a school record 29 games in 2008.
Up Next: The Lobos host the second half of the Rio Grande Rivalry against New Mexico State on Tuesday, March 10. Game time at Isotopes Park is set for 3 p.m.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Lobos Off To Best Start Since 1985 ... New Mexico is currently 9-2 on the season, the best start to a season since 1985 when the Lobos began the season 12-2.
Freshmen Earn Wins ... Gabe Aguilar and Rudy Jaramillo earned their first collegiate wins last week. Aguilar, a lefty from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, picked up two wins in relief appearances at Texas Tech (Feb. 24; 13-10) and against Northern Colorado (Feb. 28; 13-5). Jaramillo, also a lefty but from Marcos de Niza High School in Chandler, Ariz., earn his first win in relief on March 1 vs. Northern Colorado (10-8).
Seniors Not Doing So Bad Either ... John Hesketh and Bobby Moore, both lefties, each picked up their second wins of the season over the weekend in their second starts. Hesketh started Friday night against Northern Colorado, not giving up a run in the 10-1 win. The senior from British Columbia threw for seven innings, giving up three hits and one walk, while striking out a career-high eight batters. Moore started the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Northern Colorado, going six innings in the 23-3 win. The senior out of Moriarty High School gave up three runs on eight hits, one and six strikeouts.
Quick Notes About The Lobos (9-2) ... While the outfield has seen a variety of lineups in the Lobos first 11 games, the infield has remained a constant. Kevin Atkinson (1B), Mike Brownstein (2B), Daniel Gonzalez (SS), and Dane Hamilton (3B) have started every game in the infield. So far, Gonzalez is the only Lobo to play every inning of defense for UNM ... UNM will play in the friendly confines of Isotopes Park for 25 of its first 30 games of the 2009 season, that includes six consecutive weekends ... After April 1, the Lobos will only be in Albuquerque for 6 of their last 25 regular season games.
10 Or Better ... Well UNM picked up right where they left off in 2008. Lobo fans will be watching the scoreboard, not just for the score, but for the hits column as well. Why? In the Ray Birmingham era, UNM is 38-8 when they get at least 10 hits in a game. Just 5-19 when they don't get to 10. The Lobos' season-high is 22 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the second game of the Feb. 21 doubleheader. The high under Ray Birmingham is 28 hits against Air Force on April 12, 2008 in Farmington. If the Lobos also reach 10 runs in a 10+ hits game, they are 22-1.
Relief You Can Count On ... sounds like an upset stomach or pain relief commercial. But it also describes the Lobos bullpen, in particular set-up man Cole White and closers Daniel Grubbs and Clinton Cox. White has made five appearances in the Lobos first 11 games and is one of five Lobos holding onto a 0.00 ERA. The junior from Blossom, Texas, has not given up a run in 9.2 innings of work, giving up only two hits and eight walks, while striking out 15.
Seniors Grubbs and Cox are keeping the Lobos' four saves all at one address. The roommates have combined for a 0.00 ERA over 9.1 innings, giving up just five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Cox is a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.
Patience Is A Virtue ... and it pays at the plate. Senior Dane Hamilton has 11 walks through the first 11 games of the season. Hamilton's season-high in his three previous years as a Lobo is 14 in 2008 and his career total was 33. The Grand Junction, Colo., native should reach 33 walks this season by April at his 1 walk per game pace.
New Mexico (9-2, 0-0 MWC)
1B - Kevin Atkinson
2B - Mike Brownstein
SS - Daniel Gonzalez
3B - Dane Hamilton
LF - Ryan Honeycutt
CF - Max Willett
RF - Brian Cavazos-Galvez
C - Rafael Neda
DH - Justin Howard
Binghamton (1-2) Pitchers
Friday - Jeff Dennis (L)
Saturday G1 - Murphy Smith (R)
Saturday G2 - James Guiletti (L)
Sunday - Mike Augliera (R)