April 28, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior first baseman Daniel Stovall's solo shot to left center in the top of the second gave New Mexico a 1-0 lead but it didn't last long as the fifth-ranked Oregon State Beavers rallied for a 16-1 win Friday night.
OSU put three runs on the board in the second, third and fourth. Left fielder Cole Gillespie sparked the offense with a lead off home run in the second, a walk in the third and a single in the fourth. First baseman Bill Rowe also drew a walk in the third and hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
Two walks, a hit batter and a single led to another run in the fifth. Five hits and three walks led to six more runs for the Beavers in the seventh.
The Lobos' first four hitters, sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco, junior left fielder Jay Russell, junior designated hitter Chris Carlson and Stovall, each recorded a hit as UNM was outhit 15-4. Shortstop Darwin Barney was 3-for-4 with three runs scored while left fielder Cole Gillespie was 2-for-3 with a RBI and four runs scored to lead Oregon State.
Senior righty Nate Melek suffered the loss, falling to 5-5. Melek allowed six hits, eight runs (six earned), six walks and a strikeout in 3 innings. Freshman Jordan Salazar was the lone Lobo to hold the Beavers scoreless, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Mike Stutes improved to 4-2 with the win, giving up just four hits, one run and two walks with 11 strikeouts in 8 innings. Brian Budrow closed out the game with a hitless ninth and one strikeout.
The Lobos (27-16) return for a 1 p.m. MT game with Cal Poly tomorrow in Corvallis. Junior southpaw Danny Ray Herrera will pitch for the Lobos, looking for his ninth win of the season.