Conference champion New Mexico is BYU's final opponent of the regular season as the Cougars host them in a three-game series starting Thursday.
The third-place Cougars, 26-25 overall and 14-13 in the Mountain West Conference, host the Lobos, 32-18 and 20-7.
The probable pitching rotation is Jeff Stone (9-4, 6.21)on Thursday at 2 p.m., and Micah Mangrum (7-7, 4.70) on Friday at 2 p.m. The Cougar hurler for Saturday's noon game is pending, but ground-breaking for BYU's new softball/baseball complex precedes the first pitch.
"If we make a good showing against New Mexico it will help our confidence going into the conference tournament," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "I like the way we've been playing defense for the most part and I'm pleased with a couple of our relievers. I don't want our guys to ever quit. I think we've been competing. "
Leading the Cougar charge is freshman Matt Carson who returned to the team batting lead after raising his average from . 376 to .393. Carson is battling UNM sophomore Donny Sevieri for the lead in batting average (.449 to .414) and slugging (.745 to .721).
"Matt has played beyond my expectations," said Law. "I knew he was good, but I didn't know he would be playing to this level."
Lefty Stone is making a bid to become the third Cougar in school history to post a pair of double-figure victories in a season, behind Scott Nielsen and Peter Kendrick. Combined with his 11-1 record before his mission, Stone currently is tied for the ninth-best record in career wins at 20-5.
The Cougars continue to be among the nation's leaders with a .335 team batting average, while the Lobos are batting .334. BYU and UNM are also among the top two in the league in runs scored, doubles, total bases, hits and RBI.
Michael Davies is the new hitting streak leader for BYU with nine consecutive games.
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Next week the Cougars play on Wednesday (May 17) in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Two other factors have been finalized thus far for that tourney in Las Vegas--UNM is the number one seed and host UNLV will play in the evening game regardless of its final seeding.