Feb. 21, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 23rd-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the New Mexico baseball team, 12-8, Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park in the Ultimate Dugout Baseball Fiesta Tournament. UNM falls to 0-2 for the season, while Nebraska improves to 2-0.
The Lobos led after 5 1/2 innings, 7-6, but a 34-minute rain delay slowed UNM's momentum as the Huskers scored three runs in the seventh to go up 9-7. UNM out-hit Nebraska 13-11, however, the Lobos produced four errors in the field compared to NU's one, allowing two unearned runs.
Five Lobos collected two hits in the contest, including Matt Young (Jr., Murphy, Texas), who nailed a two-run triple in the fourth inning. Young is off to a torrid 6-for-9 start (.667) to begin the season to go along with six runs and four RBI.
The Lobos and Huskers traded runs in the first and second innings, but Nebraska jumped out to a 6-2 lead after scoring three runs in the third and one in the fourth. Young's two-run triple and Ryan Barba's (So., Van Nuys, Calif.) RBI single in the bottom of the fourth trimmed the lead to 6-5.
New Mexico took its first lead of the contest in the fifth on a two-run homer by Chris Dabbs (Fr., Spring Branch, Texas), his first career long ball as a Lobo.
In the top of the sixth, Jason Fernandez (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) retired the Huskers in order for the second straight inning, including three strikeouts, in his second inning of relief. But after Fernandez's strikeout, the rain started to pour, and the delay began. After the delay, the Huskers scored three runs in the top of the seventh off Fernandez (0-1) on four hits and a costly Lobo throwing error to go up 9-7. Nebraska added one run in the eighth and two in the ninth off reliever Joe Salas (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.).
New Mexico scored its last run on a Josh Mader (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.) RBI single in the eighth.
Freshman Danny Ray Herrera (Fr., Odessa, Texas) threw four innings in his collegiate debut, allowing six runs, five earned, on four hits and two strikeouts. Tim Schoeninger (1-0) picked up the win for NU in relief, while Mike Sillman collected the save.
Northwestern defeated Kent State, 8-3, in the first game of the tournament on Saturday.
New Mexico returns to action for the final day of the Ultimate Dugout Baseball Fiesta Tournament tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. vs. Northwestern at Isotopes Park. No. 23 Nebraska will face Kent State at Lobo Field, beginning at 11 a.m.