New Mexico Lobos baseball

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New Mexico Lobos baseball
2018 New Mexico Lobos baseball
New Mexico Lobos wordmark.svg
Founded 1899 (1899)
University University of New Mexico
Head coach Ray Birmingham (8th season)
Conference Mountain West
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Home stadium Santa Ana Star Field
(Capacity: 1,000)
Colors Cherry and Silver[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
1962, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
Conference tournament champions
Skyline: 1962
MWC: 2011, 2012, 2016
Conference champions
Skyline (Eastern Division): 1953, 1958, 1962
WAC (Southern Division): 1985
MWC: 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

New Mexico Lobos baseball is a college baseball program of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first team was fielded in 1899 and posted a 1,708–537–14 (.526) record through the 2014 season. The Lobos have won three conference tournaments, finished first in regular season conference play eight times, and appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 5 times. The team plays their home games on the University of New Mexico campus at Santa Ana Star Field. Ray Birmingham has been the head coach of the Lobos since the 2008 season.

History[edit]

The Lobos baseball team was first fielded in 1899, and posted a 1,708–537–14 (.526) record through the 2014 season.[2] The 2014 season was the 96th season that the University of New Mexico has field a baseball team (the team did not play 17 seasons: 1902, 1903, 1909, 1918, 1924–1926, 1928, 1930–1938, 1944, and 1945).[3]

In 1951, the Lobos began play in the Skyline Eight Conference, recording a first place regular season finish in the Eastern Division in 1953, 1958, and their final season in the conference in 1962.[3] The 1962 season also saw the Lobos participate in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the first time.[4]

UNM was a charter member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and begin conference play with Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Utah, and Wyoming in 1963.[3] Until leaving the WAC to become a charter member of the Mountain West Conference (MW) in 2000, the Lobos finished first in the regular season standings only once, 1985 in the Southern Division, and lost to BYU in a postseason playoff series.[5]

As a member of the MW, the Lobos have finished first in the regular season in five seasons: 2000, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[3] The Lobos returned to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2000, the second time in program history.[6] The Lobos won the Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament in 2011 and 2012.[3]

The Lobos have had 25 different players earn All-America honors, including seven during current head coach Ray Birmingham's tenure. Additionally, they have had 10 players be named Freshman All-America, including one in each of the last four seasons: D. J. Peterson in 2011, Ryan Padilla in 2012, Sam Haggerty in 2013, and Danny Collier in 2014. In 2013 Peterson became the first player in program history to become a three-time All-American.[7]

UNM has had 92 players selected in the MLB Draft in its history, including a pair of first-round picks: Kevin Andersh in 1985, and D. J. Peterson in 2013. Since Birmingham took over the team has had 24 players selected, including a school-record seven in 2013. [8]

New Mexico student-athletes have set numerous NCAA records including season batting average (Keith Hagman, 1980 - .551), most triples (Hagman, 1980 - 17), RBIs in an inning (Jonathan Gallegos, 8 - vs. Utah, March 13, 1993) and doubles by a freshman (D. J. Peterson, 32 - 2011). The team also has several records including hits by both teams (68 vs. Fresno State - April 1, 1999), triples in a game (7 vs. CSU-Pueblo - March 27, 1976) and plate appearances in an inning (25 vs. Utah - March 13, 1993).[9]

Ballparks[edit]

Santa Ana Star Field[edit]

Santa Ana Star Field is the home of UNM baseball. After spending nine and a half seasons across the street at Isotopes Park, UNM returned to Santa Ana Star Field for good on March 24, 2013, as the Lobos hosted a doubleheader against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

"We need to have our own place to play," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "The kids deserve their own field to practice and play on, and now we have that. They've earned it."

Santa Ana Star Field received a major upgrade that started before the 2013 season. It received a FieldTurf playing surface, upgraded scoreboard, dugouts, bullpens, and bleachers as a part of the first phase of the Lobo Field renovation. Further renovations and phases will enhance the concessions areas, the fan plaza between Lobo Field and the softball field, the press box and the bleachers. Lights were installed in the fall of 2013, and construction on a new clubhouse should begin in the summer of 2014.

"We have lights because of (former Lobo) Dee Dennis and a bunch of guys who chipped in to help me and Dee do this," Birmingham said. "This is Lobo Field. This is (the state of) New Mexico’s baseball field, at least that’s how I feel about it. ... There will not only be Lobo games on here, but there will also be state championship games here. We hope to bring in some great big tournaments over the years to this city and let our kids experience the world. We think New Mexico kids can get the rest of the experiences that the rest of the country has, then they will grow faster and realize they’re as good as anybody.”

The Lobos have posted a record of 36-10-1 the past two seasons at Santa Ana Star Field for a .777 winning percentage.[10]

On December 16th, 2015, UNM announced it had reached a 10-year, $1 million deal with Bernalillo company Tamaya Enterprises to rename the stadium Santa Ana Star Field. UNM will use the money paid for further renovations to the field.

Isotopes Park[edit]

The Lobos played at Isotopes Park from 2003 until partway through the 2013 season when they returned to Lobo Field full-time. [11]

People[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

The Lobos' head coach since the 2008 season has been Ray Birmingham.[3] He has a record of 240-174-1 .678) in seven seasons at head coach. He took over for Rich Alday, who coached the Lobos for 18 season (1990-2007) and posted a record of 515-513-3 (.501). Prior to him Vince Cappelli was coach for 13 seasons from 1977-89, and he obtained a record of 384-350-6 (.523). Bob Leigh was the head coach from 1966-76, and in his 11 season he coached the Lobos to a record of 309-212-2 (.593). The first post-WWII head coach for UNM was George Petrol who was in charge of the program from 1947-65. In his 19 seasons the Lobos posted a record of 195-240-1 (.448). [12]

Players[edit]

The 1906 baseball team

Former Lobo players include:

Year-by-Year results[edit]

1899: 1-0
1900: 1-1
1901-02: No baseball
1903: 1-0
1904: 2-0
1905: 2-0
1906: 5-2
1907: 3-1
1908: 3-2
1909: No baseball
1910: 7-1
1911: 1-5
1912: 2-3
1913: 1-1
1914: 4-2*
1915: 0-1
1916: 5-1
1917: 4-3
1918: No baseball
1919: 4-5
1920: 2-0
1921: 2-0
1922: 1-0
1923: 1-1
1924-26: No baseball
1927: 1-0
1928: No baseball
1929: 0-1
1930-38: No baseball
1939: 0-2
1940: 7-4
1941: 8-3
1942: 4-6
1943: 0-1
1944-45: No baseball
1946: 4-5
1947: 6-7
1948: 9-11
1949: 14-7
1950: 4-13
1951: 4-14 (0-8 Skyline)
1952: 6-8 (5-7 Skyline)
1953: 13-5 (10-2 Skyline)
1954: 8-11 (6-6 Skyline)
1955: 7-9 (5-7 Skyline)
1956: 8-9 (6-6 Skyline)
1957: 10-13 (6-6 Skyline)
1958: 13-9 (7-5 Skyline)
1959: 9-15 (4-8 Skyline)
1960: 11-19 (8-4 Skyline)
1961: 13-12 (9-3 Skyline)
1962: 16-14 (9-3 Skyline)
1963: 18-16 (3-9 WAC)
1964: 8-29* (0-12 WAC)
1965: 18-19 (2-10 WAC)
1966: 23-17 (3-9 WAC)
1967: 24-19* (4-8 WAC)
1968: 37-13 (6-6 WAC)
1969: 30-17* (7-11 WAC)
1970: 27-18 (9-9 WAC)
1971: 29-26 (5-13 WAC)
1972: 29-14 (8-10 WAC)
1973: 28-17 (4-13 WAC)
1974: 28-23 (6-12 WAC)
1975: 26-24 (3-15 WAC)
1976: 28-24 (4-14 WAC)
1977: 32-20 (7-11 WAC)
1978: 31-24 (5-12 WAC)
1979: 37-23 (11-5 WAC)
1980: 41-22 (16-8 WAC)
1981: 24-30* (2-11 WAC)
1982: 33-29 (9-15 WAC)
1983: 25-41* (5-19 WAC)
1984: 31-26* (10-14 WAC)
1985: 42-17 (14-8 WAC)
1986: 26-21* (16-8 WAC)
1987: 29-29 (13-8 WAC)
1988: 23-31* (11-17 WAC)
1989: 10-37* (6-20 WAC)
1990: 25-31 (10-16 WAC)
1991: 25-33 (13-15 WAC)
1992: 34-25* (18-10 WAC)
1993: 35-21 (15-9 WAC)
1994: 32-24 (14-10 WAC)
1995: 29-26 (21-9 WAC)
1996: 27-24 (19-9 WAC)
1997: 25-32 (10-20 WAC)
1998: 27-31 (13-16 WAC)
1999: 29-30* (14-15 WAC)
2000: 35-21 (22-8 MW)
2001: 26-34 (14-16 MW)
2002: 22-35 (11-19 MW)
2003: 34-26 (17-13 MW)
2004: 26-29* (20-10 MW)
2005: 26-32 (15-15 MW)
2006: 30-29 (10-12 MW)
2007: 28-30 (12-12 MW)
2008: 34-25 (16-8 MW)
2009: 37-20 (15-8 MW)
2010: 38-22 (14-8 MW)
2011: 20-41 (10-14 MW)
2012: 37-24 (18-6 MW)
2013: 37-22 (25-5 MW)
2014: 37-20 (20-10 MW)
2015: 33-26 (18-12 MW)

∗ denotes tie
bold - qualified for conference tournament
bold italic - qualified for NCAA tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of New Mexico Art Sheet (PDF). September 17, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "New Mexico Baseball History" (PDF). 2014 University of New Mexico Lobo Baseball History and Records. University of New Mexico. 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "History and Records" (PDF). 2013 New Mexico Lobos Media Guide. University of New Mexico. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ Sickenger, Ken (2013-05-28). "Lobos earn NCAA baseball bid". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  5. ^ "All-Time Series Records" (PDF). 2013 New Mexico Lobos Baseball Media Guide. University of New Mexico. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  6. ^ Sickenger, Ken (2013-05-28). "Lobos earn NCAA baseball bid". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  7. ^ (PDF) https://admin.xosn.com/pdf9/2570802.pdf?amp;DB_OEM_ID=26000. Retrieved 19 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/index.cgi?key_school=e946b61c&exact=1&query_type=key_school. Retrieved 19 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ (PDF) http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/baseball_RB/2014/D1.pdf. Retrieved 19 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.golobos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26000&ATCLID=209096619. Retrieved 19 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.golobos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=616922&SPID=87112&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26000&ATCLID=209073727. Retrieved 19 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ (PDF) https://admin.xosn.com/pdf9/2570802.pdf?amp;DB_OEM_ID=26000. Retrieved 19 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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