Lobos Host No. 15 San Diego State On Pack The Park Night
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/16/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 16, 2009

  • Lobo Baseball vs. San Diego State Game Notes

    Lobo Baseball (28-10, 8-4)
    Games #39-41 • PACK The Park
    vs. #15 San Diego State
    Friday, April 17 • 6 p.m. (MDT)
    Saturday, April 18 • 6 p.m. (MDT)
    Sunday, April 19 • 12 p.m. (MDT) - Please Note Time Change
    Isotopes Park • Albuquerque, N.M.

    Live Stats and All Access: Links available on GoLobos.com

    Radio: KDEF 1150 AM - Henry Tafoya, play-by-play

    Against San Diego State (25-13, 8-4 MWC): San Diego State leads the series , 92-47. The Aztecs are currently tied for first place with the Lobos at 8-4. SDSU lost to UCLA on Tuesday, 7-3.

    Pack The Park Night: Friday, April 17, 6 p.m. ... All tickets are $2 ... Razzle Dazzle will perform at the seventh inning stretch ... Free Lobo hats to first 500 fans ... Free Lobo tattoos to first 250 kids ... Game sponsored by the Clear Channel radio family - 100.3 the Peak, 94 Rock, Big I 107.9; Comcast and Farmers Insurance.

    Up Next: The Lobos are at BYU for a three-game series, April 23-25. All three games will be broadcast on BYU-TV.

    • Step 1 - National Recognition (Check) ... The Lobos are still on the radar of the national college baseball polls, receiving votes in several this week. The Lobos were as high as No. 18 in the March 30 Baseball America poll. In 1985, the last time the Lobos cracked the Top 25 in the Baseball America, they climbed as high as No. 14.

    • No. 100 ... Head coach Ray Birmingham is scheduled to coach his 100th game as a Lobo on Sunday, April 19.

    • Starting Against San Diego State ... The Lobos will start senior John Hesketh, junior Edwin Carl and freshman Rudy Jaramillo against SDSU this weekend. San Diego State will start Stephen Strasburg, Jon Berger, and Tyler Lavigne. Strasburg will attract a larger crowd of major league scouts to Isotopes Park, as the junior is projected to be a first round pick in the June MLB Draft. He did not throw against UNM in 2008 and threw 4 games of relief against UNM in 2007.

    Current 2009 RPI (Final 2008 UNM NCAA RPI - 66, up from 167)
    2009 NCAA - 60 (April 15)
    Boyd's World - 74 (MWC - 8)
    WarrenNolan.com - 78 (MWC - 10)
    Ping Baseball - first release in April

    Relief You Can Count On ... sounds like an upset stomach or pain relief commercial. But it also describes the Lobos bullpen, in particular relief pitchers Cole White, Daniel Grubbs and Clinton Cox.

    White has made 18 appearances and was the last Lobo holding onto a 0.00 ERA. The junior from Blossom, Texas, gave up his first earned runs of the season on April 1 on his way to his third save in three attempts in a five-game span. White now holds an 0.99 ERA in 27.1 innings of work, giving up 11 hits and 20 walks, while striking out 30. He picked up his first two saves of the season in the BYU series. White earned his second win of the season and his fourth save in the Utah series.

    Senior roommates Grubbs and Cox have five of the Lobos' other six saves. Grubbs, from Reno, Nev., holds a 1.96 ERA with a 2-0 record and a save. He has only walked three batters and struck out 19 in 18.0 innings. Cox, a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, leads the team with 4 saves in 12 appearances.

    Patience Is A Virtue ... and it pays at the plate. Senior Dane Hamilton has had 25 free passes by virtue of 15 walks, a new career season-high, and 10 hit by pitch this season. Hamilton's season-high for walks in his three previous years as a Lobo was 14 in 2008 and his career total was 33 coming into the 2009 season. Prior to this season, he had only been hit by a pitch four times in his Lobo career.

    Sophomore Rafael Neda is starting to catch up with 15 walks and 7 hit by pitch this season, while junior Max Willett is at the same point with 17 walks and 5 hit by pitch. So is senior Mike Brownstein who leads the team in walks with 20 and has been hit by a pitch twice.

    10 Or Better ... Well UNM picked up right where they left off in 2008. Lobo fans are watching the scoreboard, not just for the score, but for the hits column as well. Why? In the Ray Birmingham era, UNM is 56-12 when they get at least 10 hits in a game. Just 6-23 when they don't get to 10. The Lobos' season-high is 31 against Binghamton in the first game of the March 7 doubleheader. The 2008 game-high was 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 33-2.

    Leftymania ... The Lobos left-handed pitchers are having a field day starting and coming in from the bullpen. The sextet of Gabe Aguilar (Fr.), Bobby Moore (Sr.), Kenny Toves (So.), John Hesketh (Sr.), Jason Oatman (Jr.), and Rudy Jaramillo (Fr.) are a combined 17-4 with 22 starts and a 4.84 ERA. They have 127 strikeouts and 60 walks in 66 appearances.

    Triple-palooza ... It is a triple-fest for the Lobos this season. During the first weekend of action, UNM posted 11 in the first four games of the season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Two weeks later, UNM added 10 triples in the four-game series against Binghamton. The Lobos currently have 37 triples on the season. The UNM record for team triples in a season is 62 in 1980. Keith Hagman holds the UNM individual record of 17 in 1980, which is also an NCAA record. Currently, Mike Brownstein leads the Lobos and the nation with 9. Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Dane Hamilton have seven each. All three have hit two in a game once this season, tying the school record for triples in a game.

    Hesketh Becomes Weekend Mainstay ... John Hesketh has made a start in every weekend series for the Lobos in 2009. Until the Utah series, Hesketh was starting the first game of every series. Hesketh threw the second game of the Utah series, a Friday night start, after throwing 147 pitches against TCU the previous weekend. The senior from British Columbia threw his longest outing as a Lobo on March 26 vs. BYU, 7 innings for a 7-5 win, giving up one earned run on seven hits and two walk, while striking out a career-high 9 batters.

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