April 30, 2009
Lobo Baseball (31-14, 11-6)
Games #46-48 vs. UNLV
Friday, May 1 12 p.m. (MDT)
Saturday, May 2 1:30 p.m. (MDT)
Isotopes Park Albuquerque, N.M.
Sunday, May 3 12 p.m. (MDT)
Lobo Field Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats and All Access: Links available on GoLobos.com.
Radio (Friday and Saturday): KDEF 1150 AM
Against UNLV (23-22, 7-8 MWC): UNLV leads the series, 70-48, but the Lobos hold a 23-17 lead in Albuquerque. UNLV split a mid-week series with Cal State Northridge earlier this week. The Rebels are currently in fifth place in the MWC at 7-8.
This Weekend's Festivities:
** Saturday's game, Senior Day, has been moved up to 1:30 p.m. This is the final home weekend for 10 Lobo seniors - Kevin Atkinson, Mike Brownstein, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Clinton Cox, Daniel Grubbs, Dane Hamilton, John Hesketh, Brandon Hewett, Will Kerr and Bobby Moore.
** Sunday is Youth Day at Lobo Field. All youth tickets are $1 and younger Lobo fans can hang out in the Hoots Ultimate Party Zone.
Up Next: The Lobos will finish the regular season with a seven-game road swing to Stanford, St. Mary's and Air Force.
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.
Starting vs. UNLV ... The Lobos will start freshman Rudy Jaramillo on Friday and senior John Hesketh on Sunday. Saturday's starter is yet to be determined. UNLV will start Tanner Peters, Andrew Beresford and Jeff Urlaub against New Mexico.
Saturday Is Senior Day ... The Lobos will honor 10 seniors who will be playing their final home series in Albuquerque this weekend. Brandon Hewett and Bobby Moore have been Lobos for five seasons, while Dane Hamilton is completing his fourth season in a UNM uniform. Kevin Atkinson, Mike Brownstein, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Clinton Cox, Daniel Grubbs, John Hesketh and Will Kerr are in their second seasons at UNM after spending the first two years of their collegiate careers with other programs.
Step 2 ... Win A Conference Championship (Work In Progress) ... Quick Notes About The Lobos (31-14, 11-6 MWC) ... The Lobos are off to one of the best starts in program history at 31-14 ... 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 104 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 31-14, Top-25 in the nation in winning percentage ... Next, strength of schedule. According to nationally-recognized baseball website, Boydsworld.com, the Lobos were sitting at 81 on the old SOS ranking, with a recent 77 being their highest ranking of the season. The Lobos have non-conference series remaining with Stanford (17) and St. Mary's (55) ... And don't forget about that pesky RPI ranking. The NCAA's official RPI on April 28 has the Lobos sitting at 52. Boyd's World continues to be one of the closest RPI to what the NCAA will release. Going into Monday, April 27, the Lobos are sitting at 63 after being as high as 28 going into the Northwestern series.