Lobos Land Eight On All-MWC Teams
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/19/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 19, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico baseball team landed eight players on the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference teams on Monday night at the pre-tournament banquet held at River Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. Catcher Rafael Neda was named Freshman of the Year and was one of seven Lobos named to the All-MWC Second Team. Junior outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez was the only Lobo named to the First Team. Eight players ties for the most Lobos ever named all-conference in one season and the most since the Lobos won the MWC title in 2000.

The Lobos swept the infield spots on the second team with Neda, first baseman Kevin Atkinson, second baseman Mike Brownstein, shortstop Scott Gracey, and third baseman Ian Hollick receiving the honor. Starting pitcher Bobby LaFromboise and closer Clinton Cox were also named to the second team. Hollick (2006) and LaFromboise (2007) are repeat All-MWC performers for the Lobos.

The Lobos receive a bye in the first round of the 2008 Phillips 66 Mountain West Conference Tournament. UNM will face the highest remaining seed of the first round on Wednesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. (MDT).

2008 All-Mountain West Conference Teams

Position - Name, Team
Catcher - Brian Holaday, TCU
First Base - Xavier Scruggs, UNLV
Second Base - Ben Carruthers, TCU
Shortstop - Troy Hanzawa*, San Diego State
Third Base - Nick Romero!*, San Diego State
Outfield - Sean McNaughton, BYU
Outfield - Brian Cavazos-Galvez, New Mexico
Outfield - Clint Arnold*, TCU
Designated Hitter - Cody Guymon, Utah
Pitcher - Stephen Strasburg*, San Diego State
Pitcher - Tyler Lockwood, TCU
Pitcher - Stephen Fife, Utah
Relief Pitcher - Andrew Cashner, TCU

Position - Name, Team
Catcher - Rafael Neda, New Mexico
First Base - Kevin Atkinson, New Mexico
Second Base - Mike Brownstein, New Mexico
Shortstop - Scott Gracey, New Mexico
Third Base - Ian Hollick !, New Mexico
Third Base - Matt Carpenter!, TCU
Outfield - Kent Walton, BYU
Outfield - Pat Colwell, San Diego State
Outfield - Chris Ellington, TCU
Pitcher - Bobby LaFromboise *, New Mexico
Pitcher - Shane Kaufman, San Diego State
Pitcher - Sean Hoelscher, TCU
Relief Pitcher - Clinton Cox, New Mexico

Player of the Year - Xavier Scruggs, UNLV
Pitcher of the Year - Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State
Freshman of the Year - Rafael Neda, New Mexico
Coach of the Year - Jim Schlossnagle, TCU

*2007 All-MWC Selection
!2006 All-MWC Selection