March 16, 2009
Next For Lobo Baseball (16-3)
Games #20-21 at Texas A&M
Tuesday, March 17 5:30 p.m. (MDT)
Wednesday, March 18 5:30 p.m. (MDT)
C.E. "Pat" Olsen Field
College Station, Texas
Live Stats, Webcast: Link available on GoLobos.com.
Against #3 Texas A&M (13-4): The Aggies hold a 5-1 lead over the Lobos in the series that began in 1995. Every game has been played in College Station with the Lobos winning the first game of the series, 4-3 on March 11, 1995. Texas A&M will wrap up its Big XII series with Baylor on Monday night before the Lobos come to town. A&M has won back-to-back Big XII championships and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional in 2008.
Up Next: The Lobos host Big Ten foe Northwestern in a four-game series from March 20-22. UNM returns to MWC action on March 26 when BYU comes to Albuquerque for a three-game series.
BROWNSTEIN NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ... Mike Brownstein earned his second career Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honor on March 16 for his four-game performance against New Mexico State and Air Force. Brownstein, from Tucson, Ariz., batted .579 (11-for-19) from the plate, with one home run, one triple, on double, six RBI and three runs scored, as the Lobos went 3-1 last week, including a three-game sweep of conference foe Air Force. In a 5-4 loss to non-conference rival New Mexico State, Brownstein went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. In a 6-3 win in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. Air Force, he went 2-for-4 with one RBI. In the Lobos' 12-5 win in the second game of the doubleheader, Brownstein went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. In the final game of the series, Brownstein went 3-for-5 with a triple, one RBI and one run scored as UNLV completed the sweep with a 17-2 win. Defensively, Brownstein had nine putouts and 17 assists from his second base position.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Honeycutt Among Tops In Nation, Unofficially ... The official NCAA statistical rankings won't come out for a couple of weeks, but the college baseball website Boyd's World has compiled an unofficial listing of the top players in the country. Lobo sophomore outfielder Ryan Honeycutt is second in the nation in hitting at a .571 clip and gets on base at .615. Senior Dane Hamilton leads in hits with 35, doubles with 13. Mike Brownstein is atop the triples list with 6.
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 45-9 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 2008 game-high 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 27-1.
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 12-1 with 11 starts and a 2.93 ERA. They have 66 strikeouts and 26 walks in 28 appearances.
Quick Notes About The Lobos (16-3, 3-0 MWC) ... The Lobos are receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll ... While the outfield has seen a variety of lineups in the Lobos first 19 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. Gonzalez was the last Lobo to play every inning of defense at the same position 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.
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 eight appearances and is one of three Lobos holding onto a 0.00 ERA. The junior from Blossom, Texas, has not given up an earned run in 14.1 innings of work, giving up only three hits and 12 walks, while striking out 20.
Seniors Grubbs and Cox are keeping the Lobos' five saves all at one address. The roommates have combined for a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings, giving up just 14 hits and four runs with one walk and 18 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 18 free passes by virtue of 13 walks and 5 hit by pitch through the first 19 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.