Lobos Headed To MWC Championship
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/21/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 21, 2006

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MWC CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT UP FOR LOBOS: New Mexico, 28-27 overall and 10-12 in the Mountain West Conference, head to the conference tournament at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The Lobos, seeded No. 5, will talk on fourth-seeded, three-time defending tournament champion UNLV (27-28, 12-10 MWC) in the third game of the opening day, Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. PDT. Tickets are $10 per game or a tournament pass can be purchased for $60.

TCU (35-21, 17-5 MWC) enters the championship as the No. 1 seed, while BYU (30-26, 14-8 MWC) earned the No. 2 seed. San Diego State (22-34, 14-8 MWC) claimed the third seed. The sixth seed goes to Utah (27-26, 9-13 MWC), while Air Force earned the seventh seed (10-36, 1-21 MWC).

The opening game of the double-elimination tournament will see third-seeded San Diego State taking on No. 6 seed Utah at 11 a.m. (all game times PT) on Tuesday, May 23, followed by No. 2 seed BYU vs. No. 7 seed Air Force at 3 p.m. Top-seeded TCU will play the winner of UNLV/New Mexico at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24. The championship game is set for Saturday, May 27 at 3 p.m. (also 7 p.m. if necessary).

The MWC will provide livestats for all MWC Championship games, while MWC Radio will broadcast each game live from Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The livestats and live audio will be available on the MWC website. Log on to the official MWC website (www.TheMWC.com) to follow the action. Also, all Lobo games will be broadcast locally on KDEF 1150 AM by Dan Rivera and Mike Foote.

The winner of the MWC Baseball Championship will earn an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Baseball Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday, May 28.

NEW MEXICO VS. UNLV, THE SERIES: The Rebels dominated the Lobos this season, sweeping the series in Las Vegas. Overall, UNLV leads the series 66-40, holding a commanding 51-21 record in Las Vegas. New Mexico has won a majority of the games in Albuquerque, taking 19 of 34. Here is a breakdown of the series:
Series Record: 40-66
Series Record in Albuquerque: 19-15
Series Record in Las Vegas: 21-51
Series Record at Neutral Site: 0-0
Last series win: 5/20-22, 2004
Last series loss: 5/12-14, 2006
Last home series win: 5/20-22, 2004
Last home series loss: 3/24-26, 2005
Last road series win: 4/23-25, 2004
Last road series loss: 5/12-14, 2006
Last UNM series sweep: 4/28-30, 2000
Last time swept: 5/12-14, 2006
Last 10 games: 1-9
Alday vs. UNLV: 30-45
Longest UNM win streak: 10 (1999-2001)
Longest UNM losing streak: 8 (three times, current)
Last UNM win: 3/24/05 (10-8)
Last UNM loss: 5/14/06 (13-10)
Last UNM home win: 3/24/05 (10-8)
Last UNM home loss: 3/26/05 (14-9)
Last UNM road win: 4/25/04 (12-4)
Last UNM road loss: 5/14/06 (13-10)
Last UNM shutout win: Never
Last UNM shutout loss: 2/4/95 (6-0)
Highest scoring game: 36 (L, 4/27/02, 23-13)
Largest margin of victory: 10 (twice)
Largest margin of defeat: 21 (3/30/02)
Most runs by UNM: 17 (W, 5/9/99, 17-14)
Most runs by UNLV: 23 (L, 4/27/02, 23-13)
UNM in one-run games: 5-16
2006 Results
5/12/06 Las Vegas, Nev. L, 12-8
5/13/05 Las Vegas, Nev. L, 13-9
5/14/06 Las Vegas, Nev. L, 13-10

SCOUTING THE REBELS: UNLV, 27-28 overall and 12-10 in the MWC, has won eight straight and 10 of its last 12. The Rebels scored 18 runs in each of their last three games, outscoring Air Force 54-13. As a team, UNLV is hitting .307 with a 5.95 ERA and .960 fielding percentage. The Rebels field better and hold a lower ERA than their opponents (.957, 6.52) but have been outhit (.313).

Keith Smith continues to lead the Rebel offense, holding a team-high .357 batting average and a team-leading 18 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 66 RBI. CJ Lang is right on his heels, hitting .356 with a team-high 59 runs, 78 hits and 15 stolen bases. Kevin Skogley (2-6, 6.56 ERA) and Chris Saddoris (6-7, 6.57 ERA) are the two dominant UNLV starters. Both have started 13 games with Saddoris seeing a team-leading 75.1 innings while Skogley has a team-high 56 strikeouts. Jabe Beard has a team-low 3.35 ERA, going 4-1 with four saves. He has struck out 50 in 48.1 innings and walked just 11.

LOBOS HISTORY AT THE MWC CHAMPIONSHIP: Over the past six seasons, New Mexico has gone 6-12 at the Mountain West Conference Championship. Last season, the Lobos went in as a No. 4 seed and went 1-2.Their best seed was in 2000 as the No. 1 seed and their best results were in 2004 as the No. 2 seed, going 2-2.