Lobos Travel To NMSU For Rio Grande Rivalry Game
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/02/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 2, 2009

  • Lobo Baseball at New Mexico State Game Notes

    Up Next For Lobo Baseball
    Game #11 • at New Mexico State
    Rio Grande Rivalry - UNM Leads, 13.5-4.5
    Tuesday, March 3 • 6:05 p.m. (MST)
    Presley Askew Field • Las Cruces, N.M.

    Live Stats: Link available on GoLobos.com.

    Against New Mexico State: The Lobos hold a 147-74 lead in the series. New Mexico has a slight edge in Las Cruces at 57-42. Last season, UNM took three games of the four-game series with the Aggies, including a doubleheader sweep in Las Cruces that led to Dane Hamilton's first Mountain West Conference Player of the Week selection. The Aggies make the return trip on Tuesday, March 10. Game time at Isotopes Park is set for 3 p.m.

    Up Next: The Lobos host Binghamton in a four-game series at Isotopes Park, March 6-8.


    • 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.

    • Playing In Front Of The Hometown Crowd ... Tuesday's rivalry game in Las Cruces marks the return of Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan Honeycutt to their hometown. Gonzalez and Honeycutt are Las Cruces High School grads and are making their marks in their first seasons in a Lobo uniform. Gonzalez has started every game at shortstop and is hitting .333 while leading the team with 14 RBI. Honeycutt, playing outfield or designated hitter, forced his way into the Lobo lineup after the first weekend of the season and currently leads the team with a . 583 batting average and two home runs.

    Quick Notes About The Lobos (8-2) ... While the outfield has seen a variety of lineups in the Lobos first 10 games, the infield have 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 ... Will UNM pick up where they left off? Absolutely! 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 37-8 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 Feb. 21's 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 four appearances in the Lobos first 10 games and is one of five Lobos holding onto a 0.00 ERA. The junior from Paris, Texas, has not given up a run in 8.2 innings of work, giving up only two hits and seven walks, while striking out 13.

    Seniors Grubbs and Cox are keeping the Lobos' four saves all at one address. The roommates have combined for a 0.00 ERA over 8.1 innings, giving up just four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

    Patience Is A Virtue ... and it pays at the plate. Senior Dane Hamilton has 10 walks through the first 10 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.

    Grand Slam Comes Early In Season ... Senior Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit a grand slam in the second game against Northern Colorado on Feb. 28. The shot over the center field wall gave the Lobos an 11-2 lead in the fourth inning. Ironically, the last Lobo to hit a grand slam was the game's starting pitcher, Bobby Moore, on March 22, 2008 at TCU.

    Probable Starters

    New Mexico (8-2, 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

    Pitching Rotation
    Tuesday - Ryan Escarcega (R)

    New Mexico State (7-0) Pitcher
    Tuesday - TBA

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