March 9, 2009
Next For Lobo Baseball (13-2)
Game #16 vs. New Mexico State
RIO GRANDE RIVALRY - UNM, 15.75-4.5
Tuesday, March 10 3 p.m. (MDT)
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 New Mexico State (11-1): The Lobos hold a 148-74 lead in the series. New Mexico holds a 70-26 advantage in Albuquerque. UNM beat the Aggies last week in Las Cruces, 7-2 to take the first game of the 2009 series. The last time the teams only played twice in a season was 2004.
The Aggies are currently 11-1 on the season, after sweeping Hartford in a four-game series over the weekend.
Up Next: The Lobos begin Mountain West Conference action this weekend when Air Force comes to town. Game times at Isotopes Park are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Lobos Off To Best Start Since 1985 ... New Mexico is currently 13-2 on the season, the best start to a season since 1985 when the Lobos began the season 18-2.
Hamilton Has Record Game ... Senior third baseman Dane Hamilton had a record game on Saturday, March 7, in the Lobos' 30-2 win over Binghamton in the first game of the doubleheader. Hamilton went 6-for-7 at the plate with 6 runs scored and 6 RBI. He hit for the cycle with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples and a home run. His 6 hits and 6 runs in the game tied the UNM single game record held by several Lobos and last set by Brian Cavazos-Galvez on April 12, 2008 vs. Air Force in Farmington. Hamilton became the 44th Lobo to hit two triples in a game and the second this season.
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 11-1 with 9 starts and a 3.13 ERA. They have 55 strikeouts and 18 walks in 21 appearances.
Quick Notes About The Lobos (13-2) ... While the outfield has seen a variety of lineups in the Lobos first 15 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 was the last Lobo to play every inning of defense for UNM. Gonzalez got his first break on March 6 in the 8th inning against Binghamton ... 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 are watching the scoreboard, not just for the score, but for the hits column as well. Why? In the Ray Birmingham era, UNM is 42-8 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 31 against Binghamton in the first game of the March 7 doubleheader. The old game-high under Ray Birmingham 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 25-1.
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 six appearances and is one of five Lobos holding onto a 0.00 ERA. The junior from Blossom, Texas, has not given up a run in 11.2 innings of work, giving up only two hits and nine walks, while striking out 17.
Seniors Grubbs and Cox are keeping the Lobos' four saves all at one address. The roommates have combined for a 0.00 ERA over 11.1 innings, giving up just six hits with one walk and 10 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 had 16 free passes by virtue of 12 walks and 4 hit by pitch through the first 15 games of the season. Hamilton's season-high for walks 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 current per game pace.
Freshmen Earn Wins ... Gabe Aguilar and Rudy Jaramillo earned their first collegiate wins in the second week of the season. 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., earned 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 third wins of the season over the weekend in their third starts. Hesketh has started every Friday night so far this season. The senior from British Columbia threw his longest outing as a Lobo on March 6 vs. Binghamton, eight innings for a 15-3 win, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five batters. Moore started his third game of the season in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Binghamton, going six innings in the 8-1 win. The senior out of Moriarty High School gave up just one run on seven hits, no walks and three strikeouts.