May 8, 2008
Up Next For Lobo Baseball
Games #50-52 at UNLV
Friday, May 9 7:30 p.m. (MDT)
Saturday, May 10 3 p.m. (MDT)
Sunday, May 11 2 p.m. (MDT)
Wilson Stadium Las Vegas, Nev.
Live Stats: Link available on GoLobos.com.
Against UNLV: UNLV holds a 71-44 series lead, including a 2-1 series win from earlier this season, March 14-16. The Rebels are one of two MWC teams the Lobos will face twice in 2008.
Up Next: The Lobos will host TCU for the final MWC series of the regular season, May 15-17. All three games will begin at 12 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Saturday, May 17, is Little League Day and will be telecast live on The Mtn. (Comcast Channel 276). It is also Senior Day for nine Lobos - Quentin Andes, Matt Hibbitts, Ian Hollick, Chad Itokazu, Bobby LaFromboise, Drew McDonald, Jacob Norton, Adam Skelton, and Stephen Smith.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
LOBOS FIGHTING FOR FIRST PLACE ... New Mexico is in the hunt for the 2008 Mountain West Conference title with a 13-5 record. The Lobos are even in the loss column with TCU, but the Frogs have three more wins (16-5). San Diego State is in third at 14-7. TCU will play a non-conference series with Texas-Pan American before heading to Albuquerque next week, while SDSU wraps up MWC action this week at BYU. The last Lobo conference title was in 2000, the first season of MWC competition.
BROWNSTEIN NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ... Mike Brownstein became the Lobos' fifth player to receive conference weekly honors this season. Brownstein led the Lobos offensively, as UNM took two-of-three games from BYU last week. From the leadoff position, he hit .533 (8-for-15) from the plate with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and four runs scored. In the first game of the series, Brownstein went 3-for-6, with two RBI and one run scored in the Lobos' 9-7 victory. In game two, he was a home run short of hitting for the cycle on the way to a 3-for-4, two run scored performance in a 13-5 loss. In the series finale, Brownstein went 2-for-5 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in New Mexico's 15-6 win.
MOORE NAMED TO ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM ... Designated hitter Bobby Moore was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VI Second Team on Thursday, May 8, by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ... The junior Finance major from Edgewood, N.M. holds a 3.33 cumulative grade point average ... Moore has played in 31 games this season, starting 20 at DH, outfield and pitcher.
NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE (29-20, 13-5 MWC) ... The Lobos are currently just percentage points out of first place in the Mountain West Conference and will face UNLV and TCU in the last two weeks of the regular season ... UNM received votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the third time this season on April 21 and holds an official NCAA RPI of 66 going into the BYU series ... The Lobos have put together two seven-game winning streaks this season - Feb. 22-March 1 and March 26-April 5 ... UNM leads the MWC in several offensive categories: batting average, on-base percentage, hits, RBI, and at-bats, to name a few ... In league games, the Lobos are leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and home runs ... Junior Brian Cavazos-Galvez leads the team in batting with a .375 average ... The right side of the infield, first baseman Kevin Atkinson and second baseman Mike Brownstein, has started every game for the Lobos in 2008 ... True freshman Rafael Neda is having a solid season, hitting .321 and starting 41 games for UNM, 31 starts at catcher ... The pitching rotation has stabilized with seniors Bobby LaFromboise, Jacob Norton and Stephen Smith leading the way ... Norton became the Lobos first 5-game winner on April 19 against Utah, while LaFromboise earned win No. 5 on May 1 at BYU ... LaFromboise leads the team in strikeouts with 51, followed closely by Smith with 45 ... Closer Clinton Cox leads the Lobo pitching staff with 21 appearances and 3 saves ... John Hesketh and Will Kerr have been solid mid-week starters against some of the toughest teams in the country ... With the end of mid-week games, Hesketh and Kerr have moved back to the bullpen and may see some spot starts ... Kerr and Daniel Grubbs have provided solid middle relief to set-up Cox.
UNLV AT A GLANCE (20-29, 8-10 MWC) ... The Rebels have played out of conference over the past seven games - Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly, losing six of the last seven ... First baseman Xavier Scruggs leads the team offensively with a .415 batting average with 56 runs, 78 hits, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 18 home runs and 60 RBI ... Scruggs is also the only Rebel to play and start every game for UNLV this season ... UNLV has three pitchers with double-digit starts - Corey Hales (12), Matt Hutchison (11) and Thomas Whitsett (10) ... Adam Moser has made 28 appearances, all in relief, earning a 6-4 record with 5 saves.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 10 ... Lobo fans aren't just watching the scoreboard for the score. Fans are watching for the Lobos to reach 10 hits in a game. Why? The Lobos are 26-5 on the season when they get at least 10 hits in a game. Just 3-15 when they don't get to 10. The Lobos' season-high is 28 hits against Air Force on April 12 in Farmington. The season-low is 3 against then-No. 1 Arizona State on March 4. If the Lobos also reach 10 runs, they are 14-0 on the season.
30 WINS ON THE HORIZON ... The Lobos are one win away from earning 30 wins for the second time in the last three seasons ... The most wins in a season by the Lobos is 42 in 1985.
Most Wins in a Season
1. 42 1985 (41-17-2)
2. 41 1980 (41-22-0)
3. 37 1968 (37-13-0)
37 1979 (37-23-1)
5. 35 1993 (35-21-0)
35 2000 (35-21-0)
7. 34 1992 (34-25-1)
34 2003 (34-26-0)
9. 33 1982 (33-29-0)
10. 32 1977 (32-20-0)
32 1994 (32-24-0)
12. 31 1978 (31-24-0)
31 1984 (31-26-1)
14. 30 1969 (30-17-1)
30 2006 (30-29-0)
PLAYING FOR THE BOOTS ... The New Mexico baseball team is dedicating the 2008 season to the men and women serving in the United States military with the theme "Playing for the Boots". The Lobos received a pair of Army boots from a serviceman who is serving in Iraq.
The boots have been in the UNM dugout for every home and road game during the 2008 season. Team manager Coby Shields, a junior from Hobbs, N.M., is responsible for the boots throughout the season. So far the boots have been at 26 home games, including a 3-game series in Farmington, N.M., and road games in San Marcos, Texas, Tempe, Ariz., Minneapolis, Minn., Las Cruces, N.M., Fort Worth, Texas, San Diego, Calif., Lubbock, Texas, Tucson, Ariz., and Provo, Utah. This week the boots head to Las Vegas for a three-game series with UNLV. The mileage so far - 11,014 miles with 2,400 to go.
"We have a great appreciation for our men and women serving in the Armed Forces who put their lives on the line each day," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "Our young men can at least give all they have every day in appreciation for the freedom we have to play baseball in this great country of ours. Our soldiers, over the entire history of America, have given this to us. Lobos appreciate and respect that sacrifice."
LEADING OFF AND PLAYING SECOND ... Second baseman Mike Brownstein has quietly made his way to the top of several New Mexico offensive categories ... The junior from Tucson, Ariz., has been the leadoff hitter in all 49 games for UNM this season ... Brownstein leads the team in at-bats (210), runs (43), hits (74), triples (3), walks (24), and stolen bases (16) ...He is currently second on the team in batting average(.352) and holds the longest hit streak for the Lobos this season at 17 games ... On defense, he is second on the team in assists (138) and has been a part of 39 of the Lobos nation-leading 62 double plays.
2008 NCAA National Stats Rankings
(through games on May 4)
UNM Team Top 50 rankings
1. Double Plays 62
4. Double Plays per game 1.27
12. Hits 557
13. Fielding Percentage .974
22. Triples 19
25. Doubles 111
28. Sacrifice Bunts 43
31. Triples per game 0.39
37. Runs 363
40. Doubles per game 2.27
50. Batting Average .315
UNM Individual Top 100 rankings
32. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, toughest to K 16.8
44. Mike Brownstein, hits 74
56. Adam Courcha, sacrifice hits per game 0.21
74. Adam Courcha, sacrifice hits 8
75. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, slugging pct. .673
Current RPI (Final 2007 UNM NCAA RPI - 167)
Boyd's World (May 8) - 82 (MWC - 12)
WarrenNolan.com (May 8) - 78 (MWC - 12)
Ping Baseball (April 27) - 65
2008 NCAA (May 6) - 81