March 12, 2009
Next For Lobo Baseball (13-3)
Games #17-19 vs. Air Force
Mountain West Conference Series
Saturday, March 14 2 p.m. (MDT; DH)
Sunday, March 15 12 p.m. (MDT)
Isotopes Park Albuquerque, N.M.
Lobos vs. Air Force - March 13 game postponed to March 14 (DH) due to expected inclement weather.
Live Stats, Webcast: Link available on GoLobos.com.
Radio: KDEF 1150 AM (Henry Tafoya, play-by-play; Drew McDonald, color)
Against Air Force (5-6): The Lobos hold a 100-40 lead in the series, with a 60-14 advantage in Albuquerque. Last season, the teams faced off in a 3-game series at Ricketts Park in Farmington with the Lobos sweeping the series. Air Force currently is 5-6 on the season, following Wednesday's 10-inning, 15-12 win at Northern Colorado.
Up Next: The Lobos travel to College Station, Texas, to face nationally-ranked Texas A&M, March 17-18. UNM returns home March 20-22 for a four-game series against Big Ten foe Northwestern.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
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 3.23 ERA. They have 57 strikeouts and 19 walks in 22 appearances.
Quick Notes About The Lobos (13-3) ... While the outfield has seen a variety of lineups in the Lobos first 16 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.
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 42-9 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 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 seven appearances and is one of four Lobos holding onto a 0.00 ERA. The junior from Blossom, Texas, has not given up a run in 13.0 innings of work, giving up only two hits and 12 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 1.32 ERA over 13.2 innings, giving up just 10 hits and two runs with one walk and 16 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 16 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.
Honeycutt Leads 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 leads the nation in hitting at a .643 clip and gets on base at .686. Senior Dane Hamilton leads in doubles with 11 and is joined by Mike Brownstein and Brian Cavazos-Galvez atop the triples list with 5 each.
Lobo at World Baseball Classic ... Former Lobo Chris Cooper (2000-01) has been participating in the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Team Italy. Cooper pitched in two games for the Italian team, including the game that eliminated host Canada. Cooper spent 2001-06 playing in the minor leagues and the 2008 season playing for Grosseto in the Italian League.