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Baseball Prepares For Eventful Weekend At Isotopes Park
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/19/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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May 19, 2004

NEXT IN LOBO BASEBALL

UNLV (32-20, 19-8 MWC) at New Mexico (22-26-1, 18-9)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE -- ALL GAMES AT ISOTOPES PARK (11,124):

Thursday, May 20 - 12 p.m.
Friday, May 21 - 12 p.m.
Saturday, May 22 - 12 p.m.

The New Mexico baseball team looks to end the regular season with a conference championship as it hosts first-place UNLV Thursday-Saturday (May 20-22) at Isotopes Park. All games begin at noon.

The Lobos (18-9) are just one game back of UNLV (19-8) in the league standings. If the Lobos sweep the Rebels or take two of three games and San Diego State loses once at Utah, UNM would win its second Mountain West regular season championship and sixth league title in school history.

Plenty of events are scheduled for the final home series of the season. All youth tickets (18 and under) for Thursday's and Friday's games will be only $1. Adult tickets are $6 and seniors are $4.

The annual Ambrose Alday Dugout Cookout is set for Saturday, and all tickets are only $2. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ambrose Alday Scholarship Fund. Fans can enjoy a cookout before the game with 50-cent hot dogs and sodas. There will be inflatable games outside the stadium, and a silent auction for NCAA, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball items during the game.

For more ticket information for this weekend, please call 925-LOBO or visit www.GoLobos.com. Tickets will be available at the gate for all games.

MEDIA COVERAGE:

RADIO: All games will be broadcast on KDEF 1150 AM and www.GoLobos.com with Henry Tafoya, Dan Rivera and Mike Foote calling the action.

LIVE STATS: Gametracker of all games available at www.GoLobos.com

SERIES INFORMATION: UNLV leads, 57-36. The Lobos took two of three games in Las Vegas April 23-25.

PROMOTIONS/TICKETS:

-- All youth tickets for Thursday and Friday are $1.

-- Annual Ambrose Alday Dugout Cookout set for Saturday - all tickets $2. All proceeds will benefit the Ambrose Alday Scholarship Fund. Cookout before the game will have 50-cent hot dogs and sodas as well as inflatables outside the stadium. There will also be a silent auction on Major and Minor League Baseball and NCAA items.

PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION:

Thursday: UNLV: #24 Sr. RH David Seccombe (8-2, 5.10 ERA) vs. UNM: #28 Jr. RH Jason Fernandez (7-5, 4.57 ERA)

Friday: UNLV: #2 Sr. LH Jake Vose (9-3, 4.17 ERA) vs. UNM: #2 Fr. LH Danny Ray Herrera (3-6, 4.88 ERA)

Saturday: UNLV: #26 So. RH Matt Luca (6-5, 6.68 ERA) vs. UNM: #20 Jr. RH Cooper Eddy (5-4, 6.11 ERA)

QUICK LOOK AT THE LOBOS (22-26-1, 18-9 MWC):

-- The Lobos have won seven of their last eight at Isotopes Park...their seven-game home winning streak was snapped Tuesday night with a 22-4 loss to No. 13 Arizona State...they are 12-8-1 at home overall this season...UNM is 19-14 in its last 33 games after starting 3-12-1...senior Sean Murray, who has started in 46 games, will miss the final five games of the regular season - he was awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship earlier this year, and the Truman leadership conference is being held this week in Liberty, Mo. He will be back for the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.

QUICK LOOK AT THE REBELS (32-20, 19-8 MWC):

-- UNLV won three of four games at home last weekend vs. Utah...the Rebels are 10-7 away from Vegas this season...UNLV is the top hitting team in the Mountain West, leading the league in hitting (.331), runs (516), hits (648), slugging (.511), on-base percentage (.422), RBI (451) and home runs (64)...Eric Nielsen leads the MWC in batting (.405), hits (87), runs (69), RBI (76) and homers (14).

A GLANCE AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST RACE: With one weekend to go, UNLV (19-8) leads the Mountain West by one game over New Mexico (18-9). San Diego State still has a shot at the title, sitting two games back at 16-9. BYU is in fourth (12-12), Utah is in fifth (11-16) and Air Force (0-22) is in sixth.

The Lobos need to win two of three games over the weekend and a San Diego State loss to claim the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and to own a share of the MWC title. The Lobos and Rebels would each own a 20-10 record, but UNM would get the tiebreaker based on the season series; UNM won two of three in Las Vegas April 23-25. San Diego State plays at Utah this week (May 20-22) in Salt Lake City. New Mexico can claim the outright title if it sweeps the Rebels; if it wins two out of three, it can clinch at least a No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the tournament regardless of the SDSU series.

SDSU can win the title if it sweeps Utah and UNM takes two of three from UNLV. The Aztecs would have a 19-9 league record, percentage points ahead of the Lobos and Rebels (20-10). For the Rebels to win the MWC crown, they need to beat UNM at least twice.

The top two teams in the standings will receive a bye in the first round of the conference tournament held May 26-29 in Las Vegas. The No. 3 seed will play No. 6, and the No. 4 seed will play No. 5. The No. 1 team plays the winner of 4/5, and the No. 2 team plays the winner of 3/6 in the second round. The tournament is double elimination.

CONFERENCE TITLE SCENARIOS:

The Lobos win, if: -- They sweep UNLV (outright title) -- They win two of three over UNLV and San Diego State loses at least once (tie and No. 1 seed)

The Rebels win, if: -- They sweep or take two of three games at New Mexico

The Aztecs win, if: -- They sweep Utah and New Mexico beats UNLV two out of three

DON'T LEAVE FOR THE BALLPARK WITHOUT THEM - CAN'T MISS NOTES:

-- In conference action, the Lobos lead the league in batting (.353) and ERA (5.13)

-- Thirty of the Lobos' 49 games have come against teams with a winning record, and 17 of those games were against teams either ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes in the national polls

-- The Lobos have won five conference championships in their history (1953 - Skyline Eastern Division; 1958 - Skyline Eastern Division; 1962 - Skyline Eastern Division; 1985 - WAC Southern Division; 2000 - Mountain West)

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