Mountain West Spotlight: New Mexico

June 24, 2012
Past Mountain West Spotlights: UNLV | San Diego State


UNM Quick Facts
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Founded: 1889
Enrollment: 25,767
President: Dr. David J. Schmidly
Athletic Director: Paul Krebs
Colors: Cherry and Silver
Nickname: Lobos

New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico Campus
The Pit
Kendall Williams
2012 Second-Team All-Mountain West
DJ Peterson
2012 Co-Mountain West Player of the Year

The-PitUNM-Logo New Mexico Lobos

Sports Offered:
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Skiing, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Home Venues:
• Football: University Stadium (39,224)
• Men's & Women's Basketball: The Pit (15,411)
• Volleyball: Johnson Center Gymnasium (5,864)
• Baseball: Lobo Baseball Field (1,500) & Isotopes Park (11,124)
• Softball: Lobo Softball Field (1,500)

MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
• Men's Tennis: 4 (2001*, 2003*, 2004, 2008*)
• Men's Basketball: 3 (2009*, 2010, 2012*)
• Baseball: 2 (2000, 2012)
• Women's Basketball: 2 (2004*, 2005*)
• Women's Soccer: 2 (2010, 2011)
• Women's Tennis: 1 (2004)
* denotes co-champions

Distinguished Alumni:
• William L. Nyland: U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
• James Haskins: award-winning children's author
• Cody Willard: Fox Business Network anchor
• Gary Berntsen: former CIA Senior Operations Officer
• Judith C. Herrera: United States federal judge
• Gary King: Attorney General of New Mexico
• Bruce King: former three-term Governor of New Mexico
• Shirley Hufstedler: the first United States Secretary of Education
• Terry Calvani: Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Top Athletes:
• Hank Baskett, NFL player
• Danny Granger, NBA player
• Eddie Guerrero, WWE wrestler
• Tim Herron, professional golfer on the PGA Tour
• Luc Longley, former NBA player and the first Australian to play in the NBA
• Terrance Mathis, former NFL player
• Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears linebacker

Shining Moments:
• The men's and women's skiing programs won the 2004 NCAA Division I National Championships. The 1992 and 2006 teams were the Division I national runner-up.
• New Mexico's 2005 soccer team played in the NCAA Championship game and finished with a school record 18-2-3 mark. The Lobos set an NCAA record for attendance that year with an average of 3,629 fans per game.
• On March 2, 1978, Marvin Johnson scored 50 points for the Lobo men's basketball team in a 111-88 victory over Colorado State that clinched a tie for the WAC crown. His 50 points set a new WAC record and he did so by hitting 21-for-27 field goal attempts while going 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Interesting Tidbits:
• University Stadium, which houses the Lobo football team, is getting a makeover this summer. New Mexico is installing FieldTurf for as its playing surface. Fresno State installed FieldTurf at Bulldog Stadium last summer. Colorado State and Boise State also have FieldTurf in their football stadiums.
• The Pit, home of the Lobo men's and women's basketball teams, underwent a $60 million renovation in 2010. The on-campus arena is famously known for hosting the 1983 Final Four, won by N.C. State on Lorenzo Charles' buzzer-beating dunk.
• The Lobo women's basketball program has one of the best fan bases in the nation. In each of the past 10 years, New Mexico has ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance. From 2002 through 2011, the last reported year by the NCAA for national attendance leaders, New Mexico aveaged 9,443 fans per game. UNM ranked fourth nationally in attendance for four-straight season from 2003-06 by averaging over 10,000 fans per game. The 2011-12 season saw the Lobos average 6,763 fans per game (the 2012 attendance leaders have not been released by the NCAA).

Fresno State-New Mexico Classic:
On April 9, 1999, the Fresno State softball team traveled to New Mexico for a doubleheader. In the first game of that doubleheader, Bulldog legend Amanda Scott threw a perfect as the Bulldogs went on to beat the Lobos 9-0. The perfect game was the eighth in Fresno State history at the time and was the first of two perfect games in Scott's career. It also marked the first of four Bulldogs victories over New Mexico in the 1998 season.

Scott and the Bulldogs went 28-2 in WAC play that year and went on to win the 1998 National Championship, Fresno State's first NCAA Division I title. Scott was named the MVP of the Women's College World Series that year when she finished with a 33-5 record and threw 126.0 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run.

Also of Note: On April 1, 1999, UNM and Fresno State's baseball teams played one heck of a joke on April Fool's day, except it wasn't a joke. The Lobos and Bulldogs combined to score 53 runs off of 68 hits in your every-day nine-inning game. Fresno State had 36 hits, which is tied for the fifth most in a game in NCAA Division I history. UNM posted a program record 32 hits and was the winning team, as the Lobos managed to beat the 'Dogs 27-26.

Fresno State's Series History with New Mexico
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 8-4, Fresno State leads Oct. 31, 1998 - FS 28, UNM 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Men's Basketball 8-7, New Mexico leads Feb. 13, 1999 - UNM 83, FS 81 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Women's Basketball 7-4, New Mexico leads Feb. 13, 1999 - UNM 71, FS 59 in Fresno, Calif.
Volleyball 8-7, New Mexico leads Aug. 29, 2003 - UNM 3, FS 0 in Fresno, Calif.
Baseball 10-5, Fresno State leads April 1, 2012 - FS 4, UNM 3 in Fresno, Calif.
Softball 29-5, Fresno State leads March 21, 2010 - FS 8, UNM 2 in Fullerton, Calif. (Judi Garman Classic)
Women's Tennis 9-4, Fresno State leads March 12, 2006 - FS 5, UNM 2 in Fresno, Calif.
Men's Tennis 12-4, Fresno State leads March 27, 2011 - FS 5, UNM 2 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Women's Soccer 2-0, Fresno State leads Sept. 19, 2004 - FS 4, UNM 2 in Albuquerque, N.M.