Second place in the Mountain West Conference baseball standings will become clearer after this week's three-game series where BYU hosts New Mexico.
BYU, 17-16 overall and 9-6 in the league, is in a three-way tie for second place with this week's opponent New Mexico, 26-15 and 9-6, and San Diego State.
A highlight of this week's activity is the reunion for the 1983 BYU baseball team which was ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular season. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., the 1983 team including former major league greats Cory Snyder and Wally Joyner will be available at Miller Park on the concourse level for autographs and pictures. The first 500 fans will receive a souvenir photograph of that team.
The current Cougars are now above .500 for the first time since being 1-0 and 1-1 to start the season.
Scheduled to start for BYU on the mound for the opener is Jeff Mousser (4 3, 4.50) in Thursday's game which begins at 7 p.m. On Friday, also at 7 p.m., Paul Jacinto (5-4, 4.12) will take the hill. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Ken Gravley (3-1, 4.70) is the probable starter.
For the first time this season, NCAA rankings are available. BYU's Doug Jackson is ranked third nationally in triples, Kainoa Obrey is ranked 13th in doubles. BYU's batting average of .322 was ranked 22nd in the NCAA and the Cougars were ranked 27th in average runs scored at 7.9.
UNM's Sean Murray is ranked 44th at .409 in batting average and Cory Lizarraga is ranked 50th at .405. UNM's Chris Alexander is ranked second nationally in doubles, third in RBI. Murray is ranked 11th in RBI and Dusty Young is 26th. Young is sixth in doubles. The Lobos .348 batting average is second nationally and they are also second in scoring.
The Lobos took two of three from BYU last month at Albuquerque and are fresh off a 13-11 victory over Texas Tech earlier this week. BYU has won 11 of its past 14 games.
All of the BYU-UNM games will be broadcast live over KOVO Radio 960 AM. Friday and Saturday's games can also be heard through links on the Internet at www.byucougars.com.