Lobos Head To BYU For Three
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/30/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 30, 2008

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Up Next For Lobo Baseball
Games #47-49 • at BYU
Thursday, May 1 • 7 p.m.
Friday, May 2 • 7 p.m. (BYU-TV; replay on The Mtn.)
Saturday, May 3 • 1 p.m. (BYU-TV; replay on The Mtn.)
Miller Park • Provo, Utah

Live Stats, Television: Link available on GoLobos.com. Jay Monson, Gary Sheide, and Jarom Jordan will call the television action on BYU-TV (Comcast Channel 289/Direct TV 374). Friday and Saturday's games will be replayed the next day on Th Mtn. (Comcast Channel 276).

Against BYU: The Cougars hold the series lead at 72-44-1 ... The series began in 1958 ... The Lobos first win against BYU was in the 1962 NCAA Tournament on May 31, 9-2, in Greeley, Colo.

Up Next: The Lobos stay on the road with a three-game MWC series at UNLV, May 9-11.


• LOBOS IN FIRST PLACE ... New Mexico is currently in first place in the Mountain West Conference with an 11-4 record, thanks to back-to-back series sweeps of Air Force and Utah. MWC series remaining on the schedule - at BYU (May 1-3), at UNLV (May 9-11), vs. TCU (May 15-17).

• LOBOS IN COACHES POLL FOR THIRD TIME ... UNM is getting some recognition from the coaches who vote on the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. For a third time this season, the Lobos are receiving votes at 27-14 on April 21. UNM received votes in the poll on March 3 after a quick 7-1 start, then again on April 7, at 20-11.

• THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 10 ... Lobo fans aren't just watching the scoreboard for the score. Fans are watching for the Lobos to reach10 hits in a game. Why? The Lobos are 24-4 on the season when they get at least 10 hits in a game. Just 3-15 when they don't get to 10. The Lobos' season-high is 28 hits against Air Force on April 12 in Farmington. The season-low is 3 against then-No. 1 Arizona State on March 4. If the Lobos also reach 10 runs, they are 13-0 on the season.

NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE (27-19, 11-4 MWC) ... The Lobos are currently in first place in the Mountain West Conference and will spend the last three weeks of the regular season fighting for a conference championship and a stronger RPI ... The Lobos remaining schedule is against Mountain West Conference competition (9 games) ... UNM received votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the third time this season on April 21 and holds an official NCAA RPI of 66 going into the BYU series ... The Lobos have put together two seven-game winning streaks this season ... UNM leads the MWC in several offensive categories: runs scored, hits, RBI, total bases and doubles, to name a few ... In league games, the Lobos are leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and home runs ... Junior Brian Cavazos-Galvez leads the team in batting with a .368 average ... The right side of the infield, first baseman Kevin Atkinson and second baseman Mike Brownstein, has started every game for the Lobos in 2008 ... True freshman Rafael Neda is having a solid season, hitting .321 and starting 39 games for UNM, primarily at catcher ... The weekend pitching has stabilized with seniors Bobby LaFromboise, Jacob Norton and Stephen Smith leading the way ... Norton became the Lobos first 5-game winner on April 19 against Utah ... LaFromboise leads the team in strikeouts with 47, followed closely by Smith with 45 ... Closer Clinton Cox leads the Lobo pitching staff with 19 appearances ... John Hesketh and Will Kerr have been solid mid-week starters against some of the toughest teams in the country.

BYU AT A GLANCE (18-26, 6-9 MWC) ... The Cougars picked up two wins during the mid-week at Northern Colorado to improve to 18-26 overall ... Sophomore outfielder Sean McNaughton leads the team in hitting at a .345 clip and is one of three position players to play and start every game this season for BYU ... Jared Miller has been successful for BYU out of the bullpen with a 4-1 record and team-leading 5.93 ERA in 18 appearances and just one start.

Probable Starters

New Mexico (27-19, 11-4 MWC)
1B Kevin Atkinson
2B Mike Brownstein
SS Scott Gracey
3B Ian Hollick
LF Matt Hibbitts
CF Adam Courcha
RF Brian Cavazos-Galvez
C Rafael Neda

Pitching Rotation
Thursday - Bobby LaFromboise (L)
Friday - Jacob Norton (L)
Saturday - Stephen Smith (R)

BYU (18-26, 6-9 MWC)
1B Kasey Ko
2B Brandon Relf
SS Dan Vargas
3B Steve Parker
LF Sean McNaughton
CF Kent Walton
RF Jonathan Cluff
C J.T. Musso or Bryce Ayoso

Pitching Rotation
Thursday - Jordan Muir (R)
Friday - Jake Wortham (L)
Saturday - Blake Torgerson (R)

2008 NCAA National Stats Rankings
(through games on April 27)

UNM Team Top 50 rankings
1. Double Plays 59
2. Double Plays per game 1.28
13. Hits 516
15. Fielding Percentage .973
20. Doubles 102
23. Triples 18
28. Sacrifice Bunts 40
28. Triples per game 0.39
40. Runs 334
48. Doubles per game 2.22

UNM Individual Top 100 rankings
33. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, toughest to K 17.2
50. Adam Courcha, sac bunts per game 0.22
57. Adam Courcha, sac bunts 8
74. Mike Brownstein, hits 65
77. Kevin Atkinson, total bases 107
84. Bobby LaFromboise, hits per 9 IP 7.49

Current RPI (Final 2007 UNM NCAA RPI - 167)
Boyd's World (April 30) - 71 (MWC - 12)
WarrenNolan.com (April 30) - 67 (MWC - 12)
Ping Baseball (April 27) - 65
2008 NCAA (April 28) - 66

TURNING TWO ... The Lobos currently lead the nation in double plays turned with 59 after the UC Irvine series ... First baseman Kevin Atkinson leads the way, having a part in 48, while shortstop Scott Gracey and second baseman Mike Brownstein have turned 37.

PLAYING THE BEST TO BE THE BEST ... The Lobos have a tough non-conference schedule to go along with a solid Mountain West Conference schedule. UNM faced four Top 25 teams during the 2008 season, including Arizona State, Arizona, California, and UC Irvine. All four teams have NCAA RPI in the top 30.