April 22, 2009
Lobo Baseball (30-11, 10-5)
Games #42-44 at BYU
Thursday, April 23 7 p.m. (MDT)
Friday, April 24 7 p.m. (MDT)
Saturday, April 25 1 p.m. (MDT)
Miller Park Provo, Utah
Live Stats: Links available on GoLobos.com.
Television: BYU-TV - Thursday and Friday only
Against BYU (23-15, 10-5 MWC): BYU leads the series 73-49-1. The Cougars and Lobos are tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference. Earlier this season, New Mexico took two of three from BYU in Albuquerque.
Up Next: The Lobos travel to Nebraska for two mid-week games on April 28 and 29, then return to Albuquerque for the final home series of the season, May 1-3 against UNLV. Senior Day will be Saturday, May 2.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Step 1 - National Recognition (Check) ... The Lobos are still on the radar of the national college baseball polls, receiving votes in several this week. The Lobos were as high as No. 18 in the March 30 Baseball America poll. In 1985, the last time the Lobos cracked the Top 25 in the Baseball America, they climbed as high as No. 14.
No. 100 ... Head coach Ray Birmingham coached his 100th game as a Lobo on Sunday, April 19.
Academically Speaking ... Six Lobos have been nominated for the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Team - Mike Brownstein, Clinton Cox, Daniel Grubbs, Dane Hamilton, John Hesketh, Bobby Moore. Candidates carry a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average.
Step 2 ... Win A Conference Championship (Work In Progress) ... Quick Notes About The Lobos (30-11, 10-5 MWC) ... The Lobos are off to one of the best starts in program history at 30-11 ... For the first time since 1985, the University of New Mexico baseball team cracked the national polls on March 23, entering the Baseball America poll at No. 21 ... New Mexico was featured in March 19th's Baseball America Weekend Preview for the Stat of the Week - 1.29 triples per game. A big jump from 0.42 in 2008 ... The starting infield of Kevin Atkinson (1B), Mike Brownstein (2B), Daniel Gonzalez (SS), and Dane Hamilton (3B) started every game in the infield for 38 consecutive games to begin the season. The streak ended on April 17 when Atkinson missed his first game as a Lobo with a hamstring injury, 97 consecutive starts. Brownstein has made 100 consecutive starts as the Lobo second baseman ... UNM played in the friendly confines of Isotopes Park for 25 of its first 30 games of the 2009 season, that included six consecutive weekends ... After April 1, the Lobos will only be in Albuquerque for 6 of their last 26 regular season games ... Head coach Ray Birmingham coached his 100th game as a Lobo on Sunday, April 19.
Step 3 ... Earn Bid To NCAA Tournament (Work In Progress) ... There are several components involved with earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament, something the Lobos are trying to do for the first time since 1962 ... First, wins are important. There isn't a conversation about the NCAAs if the W's are not starting to pile up. UNM is doing well there at 30-11, Top-20 in the nation in winning percentage ... Next, strength of schedule. According to nationally-recognized baseball website, Boydsworld.com, the Lobos were sitting at 93 on the old SOS ranking, their highest ranking of the season. That is about to pick up as the Lobos head deeper into MWC play (BYU - 38) and have non-conference series remaining with Nebraska (30), Stanford (10) and St. Mary's (56) ... And don't forget about that pesky RPI ranking. The NCAA's official RPI on April 22 has the Lobos sitting at 66. Boyd's World continues to be one of the closest RPI to what the NCAA will release. Going into Wednesday, April 22, the Lobos are sitting at 63 after being as high as 28 going into the Northwestern series.
Current 2009 RPI (Final 2008 UNM NCAA RPI - 66, up from 167)
2009 NCAA - 66 (April 21)
Boyd's World - 63 (MWC - 9)
WarrenNolan.com - 64 (MWC - 10)
Ping Baseball - 53