Sept. 30, 2008
Lobo baseball fans had to know that after a season of coming one game away from going to the NCAA Tournament the University of New Mexico program was not going to fly under the radar for very long.
Second-year head coach Ray Birmingham, and as he'll tell you it is his staff, is getting national recognition this fall for their efforts in Albuquerque.
Rivals.com recently named Birmingham as one of five `Rising coaches making national waves'. Kendall Rogers, college baseball editor for Rivals.com, put Birmingham in a group with four other coaches that have made great strides with their programs in just a few years at the helm of their current programs.
Collegiate Baseball also is recognizing the efforts of the Lobos' baseball staff. The national newspaper conducted its annual evaluation of incoming NCAA Division I baseball recruiting classes and listed the Lobos among the top 100 recruiting classes in the nation, fourth among Mountain West Conference schools.
In 2008, the Lobos had one of their most successful seasons with a 34-25 overall record and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. Eight Lobos were named to the 2008 All-MWC teams, including first teamer Brian Cavazos-Galvez. Bobby LaFromboise and Scott Gracey were taken in the 2008 MLB Draft and Stephen Smith signed a free agent contract to continue the tradition of Lobos in the professional ranks. Rafael Neda was named 2008 MWC Freshman of the Year and to four Freshman All-America teams.
The 2009 season gets underway on Friday, Feb. 20, when the Lobos host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a four-game series at Isotopes Park.