March 6, 2008
Up Next For Lobo Baseball
at Metrodome Tournament
Fri., March 7 6:30 p.m. Minnesota
Sat., March 8 1 p.m. Northern Iowa
Sun., March 9 12 p.m. - #18/#26 Cal
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis, Minn.
Live Stats: Links available on GoLobos.com
Against The Tournament Field: The Lobos have only faced one team in this weekend's Metrodome Tournament field. UNM is 0-1 against nationally-ranked Cal, a 10-9 loss in 1987 in Riverside, Calif. This will be the first meeting for the Lobos against Minnesota and Northern Iowa.
Up Next: The Lobos return to Albuquerque for a four-game homestand. The Texas Tech Red Raiders return on Tuesday, March 11 at 3 p.m., while UNLV comes to Isotopes Park to begin Mountain West Conference action, March 14-16.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos will face their second nationally-ranked opponent in a week on Sunday, March 9 when they take on #18/#26 California at the Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. UNM is 0-2 on the season against nationally-ranked opponents after losing two to #4/#1 Arizona State on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Hit Parade ... The Lobos are averaging 12.50 hits per game over the first 10 games of the season. 11 Lobos have recorded at least one multi-hit game this season, led by senior Matt Hibbitts and true freshman Rafael Neda with seven multi-hit games.
Hollick Back ... Senior third baseman Ian Hollick made his first start of the season on Tuesday, March 4. Hollick played sparingly over five games while recovering from wrist surgery. After two starts against Arizona State this week, Hollick has started 162 games in a Lobo uniform and played in 172.
LAST TIME OUT ... at Arizona State, 0-2 series ... The Lobos struggled to get any offense going as the No. 1-ranked Sun Devils held UNM to single digit hits for the first time this season. Max Willett had all three Lobo hits on March 4, as UNM lost 18-1. Matt Hibbitts found contact with the ball after a two-game drought in the Lobos 10-1 loss on March 5.
OFFENSE IN MULTIPLES ... When Ray Birmingham was hired, the expectation was that the Lobos would be a stong hitting team. So far so good as the Lobos lead the Mountain West Conference in just about every major hitting category.
Top 5 Multiple Hit Games Player Total Game-High Rafael Neda 7 3 - twice, last at Texas State (3/2/08) Matt Hibbitts 7 3 - at Texas State (3/1/08) Max Willett 6 3 - at Arizona State (3/4/08) Drew McDonald 5 3 - vs. Eastern Michigan (2/22/08) Mike Brownstein 4 4 - vs. Eastern Michigan (2/22/08) Kevin Atkinson 4 3 - at Texas State (2/29/08)BEST START IN A WHILE ... The Lobos got the 2008 season off to a great start, going 7-0. It is the first time since 1973 that New Mexico started the season better than 3-0. The 1973 squad started the season 17-0. But don't let the starting records of the previous 35 teams fool you. 2008 marked only the eighth time the Lobos have started the season in the friendly confines of home since 1973 and several season opening trips were spent on the road at nationally-ranked programs.
Top 5 Multiple RBI Games Player Total Game-High Drew McDonald 5 5 - vs. Eastern Michigan (2/22/08) Rafael Neda 4 2 - 4x, last at Texas State (3/1/08) Brian Cavazos-Galvez 3 3 - vs. Texas Tech (2/27/08) Max Willett 3 3 - at Texas State (2/29/08) Three players 2
Top Hitting Streaks of Season Player Current Season-Long Rafael Neda 1 8 Kevin Atkinson 1 8 Mike Brownstein -- 8 Drew McDonald -- 7 Matt Hibbitts 1 7 (+13 coming into `08 = 20) Brian Cavazos-Galvez -- 6