Senior co-captain Marcos Villezcas is one the players of of Latino descent whom fans can watch during this week's Cinco de Mayo celebration. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
A four-game conference win-streak is what BYU's baseball team brings into the three-game series which starts with New Mexico on Thursday in Provo at 7 p.m.
The Cougars have a 22-23 overall record and a 7-6 league mark for fourth place in the Mountain West Conference, while UNM is in second place with a 9-4 record and 27-18 overall. The Lobos have lost their past five games, all in non-conference action on the heels of a pair of consecutive league victories over Utah.
The pitching matchups feature BYU freshman Jordan Muir (5-0, 2.25) against Nate Melek (5-5, 7.00) on Thursday, Cougar junior Jesse Craig (4-6, 4.38) against Jesse Perez (2-1, 8.42) on Friday at 7 p.m., and lefties Patrick Wells (5-4, 4.82) against Danny Ray Herrera (8-0, 2.26) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Saturday's game will be televised live by both KBYU-TV and nationally by BYUTV with Jay Monsen and Gary Sheide.
Two Cougars are ranked in this week's NCAA statistics: Ben Saylor is 16th in home runs, averaging 0.36 and he is ranked 47th in slugging percentage at 0.677. Muir is ranked 53rd in earned run average at 2.25. New Mexico is leading the nation in double plays at 1.31 and has six individuals ranked in the national statistics, among who are Chris Carlson, fith in home runs, ninth in RBI and 26th in slugging. Jordan Pacheco is fifth in runs scored.
A season-best six-game winning streak came to an end earlier this week for BYU in the loss at Utah Valley State.
Promotionals for the three-game series are Throwback Thursday, a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Friday and Autograph Day on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to bring inflatables to Saturday's game as well as cookout grilles to an 11:30 a.m. gathering which features the Cosmobile.
For more information on BYU's baseball team for this week, click on the PDF link at the top of this page.