May 17, 2004
NEXT IN LOBO BASEBALL
No. 17 Arizona State (35-13) at New Mexico (22-25-1)
TUESDAY, MAY 18 -- 7 P.M. -- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- ISOTOPES PARK (11,124)
LIVE STATS: Gametracker available at www.GoLobos.com
SERIES INFORMATION: Arizona State leads 111-28. New Mexico defeated ASU in Tempe last season, 11-7.
TICKETS: All tickets for the game are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youth. For more information, call 925-LOBO. Tickets will be available at the gate.
PROJECTED PITCHING MATCHUP: ASU: TBA vs. UNM: #21 RH So. Darren Coltrinari (1-2, 11.65 ERA)
STORYLINE: The Lobos, fresh off a sweep of Air Force last weekend, will take a break from Mountain West action Tuesday night for a non-conference game against No. 17 Arizona State. UNM returns to MWC play Thursday-Saturday (May 20-22) at Isotopes Park against league-leading UNLV. The Lobos (18-9 MWC) are one game back of the Rebels (19-8) heading into the last regular season series of the year. If the Lobos win two of three over UNLV and San Diego State loses at least once at Utah this weekend, UNM will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament; if the Lobos sweep, they will claim the title outright (more scenarios later in the notes).
Arizona State has dominated the all-time series against UNM, 111-28, but New Mexico upset seventh-ranked ASU in Tempe last season, 11-7. The Lobos have not hosted the Sun Devils since April 29, 1978, when ASU visited Albuquerque for a three-game series; ASU took two of the three games at Lobo Field.
QUICK LOOK AT THE LOBOS (22-25-1, 18-9 MWC): The Lobos have won seven straight and 12 of their last 15 at Isotopes Park after sweeping Air Force last weekend...they are 12-7-1 at home overall this season...UNM is 19-13 in its last 32 games after starting 3-12-1...the Lobos are 0-6 against ranked opponents this season...senior Sean Murray, who has started in 46 games, will miss the final four games of the regular season - he was awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship earlier this year, and the Truman leadership conference is being held this week in Liberty, Mo.
QUICK LOOK AT THE SUN DEVILS (35-13, 10-8 PAC-10): Arizona State swept Oregon State at home last weekend...the Sun Devils are riding a seven-game winning streak and have won 12 of their last 14...they will play at New Mexico State Wednesday night in Las Cruces...Player of the Year candidate Dustin Pedroia is batting .411 with eight homers and 43 RBI.
A GLANCE AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST RACE: With one weekend to go, UNLV (19-8) leads the Mountain West by one game over New Mexico (18-9). San Diego State still has a shot at the title, sitting two games back at 16-9. BYU is in fourth (12-12), Utah is in fifth (11-16) and Air Force (0-22) is in sixth.
The Lobos need to win two of three games over the weekend and a San Diego State loss to claim the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and to own a share of the MWC title. The Lobos and Rebels would each own a 20-10 record, but UNM would get the tiebreaker based on the season series; UNM won two of three in Las Vegas April 23-25. San Diego State plays at Utah this week (May 20-22) in Salt Lake City. New Mexico can claim the outright title if it sweeps the Rebels; if it wins two out of three, it can clinch at least a No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the tournament regardless of the SDSU series.
SDSU can win the title if it sweeps Utah and UNM takes two of three from UNLV. The Aztecs would have a 19-9 league record, percentage points ahead of the Lobos and Rebels (20-10). For the Rebels to win the MWC crown, they need to beat UNM at least twice.
The top two teams in the standings will receive a bye in the first round of the conference tournament held May 26-29 in Las Vegas. The No. 3 seed will play No. 6, and the No. 4 seed will play No. 5. The No. 1 team plays the winner of 4/5, and the No. 2 team plays the winner of 3/6 in the second round. The tournament is double elimination.
CONFERENCE TITLE SCENARIOS:
The Lobos win, if:
-- They sweep UNLV
-- They win two of three over UNLV and San Diego State loses at least once
The Rebels win, if:
-- They sweep or take two of three games at New Mexico
The Aztecs win, if:
-- They sweep Utah and New Mexico beats UNLV two out of three
DON'T LEAVE FOR THE BALLPARK WITHOUT THEM - CAN'T MISS NOTES:
-- In conference action, the Lobos lead the league in batting (.353) and ERA (5.13)
-- Twenty-two of the Lobos' 48 games have come against teams with a winning record, and 16 of those games were against teams either ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes in the national polls.
-- The Lobos have won seven in a row and 12 of their last 15 at Isotopes Park
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 runs (53) and on-base percentage (.444), and is sixth in the MWC in batting (.354). His nine triples rank sixth in the nation and lead the MWC. Young is also hitting a phenomenal .479 with runners in scoring position, which leads the Mountain West.
-- Senior Joe Salas leads the team with 11 homers and 51 RBI after going 8-for-12 with two homers, two triples and two doubles last weekend against Air Force.
-- Freshman Matt Foote went 7-for-10 with six RBI and three runs vs. the Falcons. Foote started all three games at third base last weekend and is hitting .647 (11-for-17) with runners in scoring position in Mountain West games.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEKEND'S AIR FORCE SERIES: The Lobos hit .442 during the series and averaged 14.7 runs a game and 16.7 hits a game...Joe Salas went 8-for-12 (.667) with two homers, two triples and two doubles - good for a 1.667 slugging percentage...Daniel Stovall blasted three homers and collected six RBI while batting .545 (6-for-11)...senior co-captain Sean Murray, playing in his last home game as a Lobo, tied a school record with six runs in Saturday's game in addition to going 5-for-5...Ryan Barba stole home in Friday's win...the Lobos hit into a bizarre run-scoring triple play in Sunday's win.