Atkinson Picks Up West Region POW Honor; Lobos Host Utah
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/17/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 17, 2008

  • Lobo Baseball vs. Utah Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    Up Next For Lobo Baseball
    Games #39-41 • vs. Utah
    Friday, April 18 • 6 p.m.
    Saturday, April 19 • 12 p.m.
    Sunday, April 20 • 12 p.m. (Lobo Field)
    Isotopes Park • Albuquerque, N.M.

    Live Stats, Video and Audio: Link available on GoLobos.com. UNM Media Relations Assistant Daniel Archuleta will call the action on Friday and Saturday. Webstreaming will not be available on Sunday.

    Against Utah: The Lobos hold a 73-44 lead in the Utah series, including 43-23 in Albuquerque. Utah has won 4 of the last 5 games overall.

    Up Next: The Lobos head to Tucson to wrap-up the 2008 series with Arizona. Game time on Tuesday, April 22, is 7 p.m. (MDT) and Wednesday, April 23, is 1 p.m. (MDT).


    • PACK THE PARK ... Saturday, April 19 is PACK THE PARK at Isotopes Park with the Lobos hosting Utah at 12 p.m. Tickets are $2 for the game.

    • LOBOS GETTING NOTICED ... UNM is getting some recognition from the coaches who vote on the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. UNM received votes in the poll on March 3 after a quick 7-1 start, then again on April 7, at 20-11. Brian Cavazos-Galvez' record-setting performance against Air Force on April 12 is one of this week's Ping!Baseball.com Spotlight Performances of the Week.

    Kevin Atkinson NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND COLLEGEBASEBALLINSIDER.COM WEST REGION PLAYER OF THE WEEK ... Atkinson led UNM to a 4-1 record on the week, including a sweep of Air Force. On the week, he batted .550 (11-for-20) with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. In the second game of a series vs. Texas Tech, Atkinson went 2-for-3 with 2 runs in UNM's 7-2 victory. In game one vs. Air Force, he hit a 2-run homer, helping the Lobos to a 7-1 win. In a 26-9 game two win, Atkinson went 4-for-5 at the plate with 2 home runs, a triple, 4 RBI and 4 runs. In the series finale, he turned in another 4-for-5 performance, smashing his fourth home run of the week, while also contributing 2 doubles, 5 RBI and 2 runs scored in UNM's 13-3 victory. Defensively, Atkinson had 51 putouts and three assists from the first base position.

    BIG HOME WEEKEND FOR LOBOS ... With a big home seris this weekend, the Lobos are pumping up the promotions at each game.

    *Friday vs. Utah - The Razzle Dazzle Cheerleaders will be in attendance for a special performance around the seventh inning.

    *Saturday vs. Utah - PACK THE PARK - All tickets are $2 as the Lobos work to break their home attendance record. Following the Lobos game, the Isotopes will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at the ballpark.

    *Sunday vs. Utah - Dugout Cookout/Fiesta Day - The Lobos will be playing at Lobo Field - baseball and softball. The two teams are holding a cookout for fans between the two fields located on the south side of The Pit. Tickets are $2 to attend both games and the teams will host youth clinics following the games. A portion of the proceeds from the games will be donated to the Ambrose Alday Scholarship Fund. Hoots' inflatable jumpers, games, and face painters, will be available in-between both fields.

    ABOUT NEW MEXICO (24-14, 8-4 MWC) ... The Lobos will spend the last five weeks of the regular season fighting for a conference championship and a stronger RPI ... The majority of the Lobos remaining schedule is against Mountain West Conference competition (12 games) ... Next week, UNM will play five non-conference games against Top 5 team UC Irvine and Pac-10 power Arizona for good measure ... UNM received votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the second time this season on April 7 and hold an unofficial RPI of 56 going into the Utah series ... The Lobos have put together two seven-game winning streaks this season ... Junior Brian Cavazos-Galvez leads the team in batting with a .355 average ... The right side of the infield, first baseman Kevin Atkinson and second baseman Mike Brownstein, have started every game for the Lobos in 2008 ... The weekend pitching has stabilized with seniors Bobby LaFromboise, Jacob Norton and Stephen Smith leading the way.

    ABOUT UTAH (13-17, 3-5 MWC) ... The Utes had their mid-week game against Utah Valley State cancelled because of snow ... Outfielder Corey Shimada leads the team in hitting with a .373 average ... Reliever Tyler Andersen has a 1.93 ERA in nine appearances, while starters Brian Budrow and Stephen Fife are both 4-3 in 8 appearances each ... Utah was on the wrong end of San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg's 23 strikeout, 1-0 win, last weekend ... Utah has played only seven home games in 2008.

    Probable Starters

    New Mexico (24-14, 8-4 MWC)
    1B Kevin Atkinson
    2B Mike Brownstein
    SS Scott Gracey
    3B Ian Hollick
    LF Matt Hibbitts
    CF Adam Courcha
    RF Brian Cavazos-Galvez
    C Rafael Neda or Drew McDonald
    DH Coty Wilson

    Pitching Rotation
    Friday - Bobby LaFromboise (L)
    Saturday - Jacob Norton (L)
    Sunday - Stephen Smith (R)

    Utah (13-17, 3-5 MWC)
    1B Austin Jones
    2B Corey Shimada
    SS Michael Beltran
    3B D.C. Legg
    LF Dustin Hennis
    CF Cooper Blanc
    RF Tyler Relf
    C Jesse Shriner
    DH Cody Guymon

    Pitching Rotation
    Friday - Stephen Fife (R)
    Saturday - Brian Budrow (R)
    Sunday - John James (R)

    2008 NCAA National Stats Rankings
    (through games on April 13)

    UNM Team Top 50 rankings
    1. Double Plays 49
    2. Double Plays per game 1.36
    12. Hits 415
    17. Fielding Percentage .973
    22. Doubles 80
    24. Hit By Pitch 52
    30. Runs 278
    37. Batting Average .320
    37. Sacrifice Flies 18
    42. Sacrifice Bunts 28
    43. Runs per game 7.7
    44. Win-Loss Percentage .667

    UNM Individual Top 100 rankings
    31. Bobby LaFromboise, fewest hits/9IP 6.38
    39. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, toughest to K 16.6
    58. Kevin Atkinson, total bases 88
    69. Matt Hibbitts, hits 52
    70. Mike Brownstein, stolen bases 14
    71. Adam Courcha, sacrifice bunts 6
    87. Kevin Atkinson, hits 50
    87. Matt Hibbitts, toughest to K 12.8
    90. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, slugging percentage .672
    95. Kevin Atkinson, home runs 8
    95. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, home runs 8

    Current RPI (Final 2007 UNM NCAA RPI - 167)
    Boyd's World (April 17) - 56 (MWC - 11)
    WarrenNolan.com (April 17) - 58 (MWC - 11)
    Ping Baseball (April 15) - 43
    2008 NCAA - coming soon

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