March 25, 2004
NEXT IN LOBO BASEBALL
San Diego State (13-17, 3-0 MWC) at New Mexico (5-14-1, 2-1)
ALL GAMES AT ISOTOPES PARK (11,124) * ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
Friday, March 26 * 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27 * 6 p.m.. Sunday, March 28 * 12 p.m.
RADIO: All games broadcast on KDEF 1150 AM and www.GoLobos.com with Henry Tafoya and Dan Rivera calling the action.
LIVE STATS: Live stats available at www.GoLobos.com
SERIES INFORMATION: SDSU leads the all-time series, 77-33. The Aztecs won four of six games from the Lobos last year and are riding a three-game winning streak after sweeping UNM in San Diego in 2003.
Saturday, March 27 * "Pack the Park" Night *All tickets $2
The Lobos are looking to set the UNM baseball single-game attendance mark, which currently stands at 5,430 (set on April 28, 2001, vs. Air Force)
* Premium giveaway items and post-game fireworks show *
Individual game tickets will be on sale prior to each game:
Friday/Sunday: Adults - $6; Seniors - $4; Youth - $3.
Saturday: All tickets $2
For more information, call 925-LOBO or check www.GoLobos.com.
PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION:
Friday: SDSU: #34 RH Sr. Scott Shoemaker (3-5, 4.18 ERA, 65 K, 56.0 IP, OBA - .255) vs. UNM: #28 RH Jr. Jason Fernandez (2-2, 4.56 ERA, 17 K, 25.2 IP, OBA - .255)
Saturday: SDSU: #32 LH Sr. Daryl Harang (1-3, 2.53 ERA, 30 K, 42.2 IP, OBA - .300) vs. UNM: #2 LH Fr. Danny Ray Herrera (0-4, 5.02 ERA, 17 K, 28.2 IP, OBA - .292)
Sunday: SDSU: #32 RH Sr. Chris Hartshorn (4-3, 4.24 ERA, 32 K, 51.0 IP, OBA - .253) vs. UNM: #20 RH Jr. Cooper Eddy (2-2, 4.26 ERA, 23 K, 31.2 IP, OBA - .294)
STORYLINE: The Lobos jump back into conference play this weekend (March 26-28) after falling 16-9 on Wednesday at New Mexico State. UNM will host San Diego State (13-17, 3-0 MWC) for an early season matchup of teams in the upper half of the Mountain West standings. The Aztecs are tied for first in the MWC with UNLV with a 3-0 mark after sweeping Air Force last weekend, while the Lobos enter the series with a 2-1 record after taking two of three from Utah at home in the conference opening series.
Friday and Saturday's games will start at 6 p.m., and Sunday's finale will be at 12 p.m. On Saturday night, the Lobos will look to "Pack the Park" in trying to set the single-game attendance record for a UNM baseball game. The current record is 5,430 set on April 28, 2001 vs. Air Force.
PACK THE PARK NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 27: The New Mexico baseball program is looking to "Pack the Park" on March 27 vs. the San Diego State Aztecs, beginning at 6 p.m. All tickets for the event are only $2, and there will be a fireworks extravaganza after the game.
The Lobos are looking to break the single-game attendance mark for the program, which is currently 5,430, set on April 28, 2001, vs. Air Force. UNM is hoping the lure of the Aztecs will help them in its quest - earlier this season, SDSU set an NCAA baseball record with 40,106 fans attending the March 11 game against Houston in the city's brand new PETCO Park.
DON'T LEAVE FOR THE BALLPARK WITHOUT THEM - CAN'T MISS NOTES:
* The Lobos have won three of their last five games...UNM upset Texas Tech, who had an RPI of 20, 4-1 on March 16, and took two of three games from Utah to open the MWC with a 2-1 record before falling at New Mexico State on Wednesday, March 24, 16-9
* Fifteen of the Lobos' first 19 games have come against teams with a winning record, and eight of those games were against teams either ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes in the national polls. Texas A&M is ranked No. 10 in the country, while Nebraska is ranked 20th. Arkansas and Texas Tech are receiving votes. UNM's schedule is currently rated the 25th-toughest in the nation.
*The Lobos have won four of their last five games at Isotopes Park. After getting off to a tough start at "The Reactor" with a 0-7-1 record in the first eight games, UNM is now 4-8-1 all-time in its new home.
* The Lobos' first 12 conference games are at home...11 of UNM's 15 games in March are at home...UNM will play only four of 17 games at home in April.
*The Lobos are batting .331 in their last four games with 32 runs and 48 hits...in Wednesday's loss at NMSU, they set season high's with three homers and nine RBI.
GET OUT THOSE BINOCULARS - LOBOS TO WATCH:
* Junior centerfielder and leadoff hitter Matt Young is the team's offensive spark. Young leads the team in batting (.351), hits (27) and runs (23). He is batting .500 (8-for-16) with seven runs scored in the last four games, including a 3-for-5 performance with three runs at New Mexico State. His four triples already establishes a career high for a single-season and is tied for tops in the Mountain West.
* Junior right-hander Cooper Eddy is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his last three starts (21.2 innings). He leads the team in innings (31.2) and strikeouts (23). He was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season on March 22.
* Junior left fielder Garrick Haymore leads the team with a .451 on-base percentage (sixth in the MWC) and is batting .291 with eight RBI. Haymore batted .333 last week and had an on-base percentage of .556. He currently has a five-game hitting streak.
* Junior shortstop Josh Mader tied a career high with four hits to go along with three runs at New Mexico State. He leads the team with 13 RBI and is batting .500 (9-for-18) with eight RBI in his last four games.
NOTES FROM THE NEW MEXICO STATE GAME
The Lobos outhit the Aggies, 15-13...UNM hit a season-high three homers (Joe Salas, Tim Grady, Brandon Bingham) and nine RBI...Josh Mader tied a career high with four hits to go along with three RBI...Matt Young tied a season high with three runs and also had three hits...Chris Dabbs collected a season-high three hits...NMSU's Mark Aranda went 4-for-4 with two homers and eight RBI...the Aggies hit four homers...National Player of the Year candidate Billy Becher of NMSU struck out three times but also hit a three-run homer...UNM led 9-7 going into the bottom of the fifth before losing 16-9.