March 19, 2009
Next For Lobo Baseball (18-3)
Games #22-25 Northwestern
Friday, March 20 6 p.m. (MDT)
Saturday, March 21 2 p.m. (MDT; DH)
Sunday, March 22 12 p.m. (MDT)
Isotopes Park Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Webcast: Link available on GoLobos.com.
Radio: KDEF 1150 AM (Henry Tafoya, play-by-play)
Against Northwestern (4-10): The Lobos own a 4-1-1 record against Northwestern. The last meeting between the teams ended up in a 3-3 tie on Feb. 22, 2004 in Albuquerque. Northwestern will play its first home game on March 27 when the Wildcats host Purdue for a three-game Big Ten series.
Up Next: UNM returns to MWC action on March 26 when BYU comes to Albuquerque for a three-game series.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Play the Best, Beat the Best, To Be The Best ... New Mexico pulled off a two-game sweep of No. 3 Texas A&M earlier this week in College Station, 10-6 and 9-6. It is the highest-ranked team that the Lobos have beaten since edging No. 3 Rice, 11-9, on March 21, 1997. The highest-ranked team UNM has ever beaten in No. 2 Arizona, 10-4, on Jan. 30, 1993.
Lobos Getting Votes ... For the first time this season the Lobos are receiving votes in one of the six national collegiate baseball polls. UNM is sitting at No. 41 (others receiving votes) in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The last time the Lobos cracked the Top 25 in the Baseball America poll was in 1985, climbing as high as No. 14.
Neda Named to Johnny Bench Watch List ... The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced the official watch list for the 2009 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John's Pizza. Forty-four catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches, including New Mexico sophomore Rafael Neda. The award is given annually to the top NCAA Division I collegiate catcher.
Quick Notes About The Lobos (18-3, 3-0 MWC) ... The Lobos are receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll ... New Mexico is featured in Thursday's Baseball America Weekend Preview for the Stat of the Week - 1.29 triples per game. A big jump from 0.42 in 2008 ... 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.