Feb. 23, 2009
Up Next For Lobo Baseball
Games #5-6 at Texas Tech
Tuesday, Feb. 24 3 p.m. (MST)
Wednesday, Feb. 25 1 p.m. (MST)
Dan Law Field Lubbock, Texas
Live Stats: Links available on GoLobos.com.
Against Texas Tech: The Lobos travel to Lubbock, Texas for the first half of a four-game series with Texas Tech on Tuesday and Wednesday. Texas Tech leads the series 57-33-1, but in 2008 the teams split the series with each winning one in the other's home park.
Up Next: The Lobos host a four-game series with Northern Colorado on Feb. 27-March 1 at Isotopes Park. New Mexico will be home for the next five weekends, including the first two Mountain West Conference series of the season.
LOBO BASEBALL QUICK HITS
Lobos Set NCAA Triples Record ... The Lobos set an NCAA record for triples in an inning on Saturday in the second game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Mike Brownstein, Dane Hamilton and Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit back-to-back-to-back triples for the first three. Kevin Atkinson added the fourth two batters later in the 8-run fourth inning. The last time an NCAA Division I team set that mark was May 3, 1983 when Wichita State did it against Missouri S&T (formerly Missouri-Rolla). Washington did it twice - in 1974 and 1966.
Triple-palooza ... It was a triple-fest all weekend for the Lobos. UNM has 11 on the season in just four games. In 2008, UNM had 25 triples all season, 11 over 35 non-conference games.
Getting Things Under Control ... After a rough first inning of the 2009 season (9 runs), Lobo pitchers got things under control and only allowed 10 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi runs over the next 35 innings. UNM's Saturday and Sunday starters - Travis Dirk, John Hesketh and Bobby Moore - combined for a 1.69 ERA with 3 ER over 16 innings of beginning work.
Homegrown Talent ... The Lobos have 10 players on the roster from the state of New Mexico. The representatives from Las Cruces High School and Moriarty High School put on a strong showing over the weekend. LCHS product Daniel Gonzalez was solid on defense at shortstop, while outfielder Ryan Honeycutt, also an LCHS grad, found his stroke at the plate. Senior Bobby Moore out of Moriarty got it done on the mound on Sunday with a 14-4 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Find Out What You Have ... and do it early. For a team that emphasized the need for improved pitching during the off-season, the Lobos found out quickly what they have to work with in 2009. Every pitcher on the roster threw during one of the four games against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, even true freshmen Gabe Aguilar and Rudy Jaramillo got their turn for one inning. The 16 Lobo pitchers compiled a team ERA of 4.00 and 31-11 strikout to walk ratio for the series. Not too shabby out of the gate.
The only two pitchers on the roster not to see the mound during the series were sophomore Ryan Honeycutt and redshirt junior Willy Kesler. Honeycutt found his way into the Lobo lineup at left field and designated hitter, hitting .625 for the weekend. Kesler has yet to be cleared for competition by doctors following Tommy John surgery in May 2008, but is expected to get back on the mound this season.
10 Or Better ... Will UNM pick up where they left off? Absolutely! Lobo fans will be watching the scoreboard, not just for the score, but for the hits column as well. Why? In the Ray Birmingham era, UNM is 32-8 when they get at least 10 hits in a game. Just 5-18 when they don't get to 10. The Lobos' season-high is 22 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the second game of Feb. 21's doubleheader. The high under Ray Birmingham is 28 hits against Air Force on April 12, 2008 in Farmington. If the Lobos also reach 10 runs in a 10+ hits game, they are 17-1.
Homegrown Talent ... 10 players on the New Mexico roster hail from the state.
Aztec H.S. - Matt Thompson (by way of Eastern Ariz. College)
Carlsbad H.S. - Kenny Toves (by way of NMJC)
Cibola H.S. - Travis Haguewood
Eldorado H.S. - Brett Haggerty
Las Cruces H.S. - Daniel Gonzalez (by way of El Paso CC); Ryan Honeycutt (by way of Central Ariz. College)
Manzano H.S. - Brian Cavazos-Galvez (by way of NMJC)
Moriarty H.S. - Bobby Moore
Piedra Vista H.S. - Edwin Carl (by way of Eastern Ariz. College)
West Mesa H.S. - Ryan Escarcega
A Foreign Flavor ... To go along with all the local and regional talent, the Lobos have representatives from Australia, Mexico and Canada on the roster. Utility player Adam Courcha hails from Perth, Australia, while catcher Rafael Neda is a native of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, who finished high school in Tucson, Arizona. Three players - Will Kerr, Kevin Atkinson, and John Hesketh - phone home to the Province of British Columbia in Canada.
Everything In Abundance ... There was no question coming into 2009 that the Lobos can swing the bat. Now the annual contest to see who can put up the most multiple-hit and RBI games begins, as well as who can put together the longest hitting streak of the season.
Top Multiple Hit Games (more than one game) Player Total Game-High Kevin Atkinson 3 3 - vs. TAMU-CC (2/22/09) Daniel Gonzalez 2 2 - 2x, last vs. TAMU-CC (G2; 2/21/09) Dane Hamilton 2 4 - vs. TAMU-CC (G2; 2/21/09)
Top Multiple RBI Games (more than one game) Player Total Game-High Ryan Honeycutt 2 4 - vs. TAMU-CC (2/22/09) Dane Hamilton 2 4 - vs. TAMU-CC (G2; 2/21/09) Kevin Atkinson 2 2 - 2x, last vs. TAMU-CC (2/22/09)
Top Hitting Streaks of Season (more than one game) Player Current 2009 UNM Career Kevin Atkinson 4 4 11 Mike Brownstein 4 4 17 Daniel Gonzalez 3 3 3 Cameron Monger 2 2 2 Ryan Honeycutt 2 2 2 Rafael Neda 2 2 8 Dan Hayduk 2 2 2 Adam Courcha 2 2 7
Red Cross Unit ... So far, so good ... no injuries to report.
Preseason Notice ... Several Lobos caught the eye of the conference coaches and media and the national publications during the preseason.
Johnny Bench Award Watch List (Catcher of the Year) - Rafael Neda
Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (Player of the Year) - Brian Cavazos-Galvez; Rafael Neda
NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Watch List (Closer of the Year) - Clinton Cox
NCBWA Preseason All-America Team - Brian Cavazos-Galvez (3rd team)
Mountain West Conference Preseason Team - Kevin Atkinson, Mike Brownstein, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Rafael Neda
Baseball America MWC Preseason Team - Rafael Neda, Kevin Atkinson, Brian Cavazos-Galvez
Perfect Game Crosschecker Preseason ranking - New Mexico - 72