May 3, 2008
PROVO, Utah --- The University of New Mexico baseball team put together a seven-run fourth inning to beat BYU, 15-6, and win the Mountain West Conference weekend series. UNM improved to 29-20 overall and 13-5 in MWC action, while BYU dropped to 19-28 and 7-11. Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Scott Gracey had three hits each for the Lobos.
Mike Brownstein got the Lobos going in the first inning, leading off with a single up the middle and extending his consecutive game hit streak to 10 games. Matt Hibbitts had an RBI double to score Ian Hollick and put UNM on the board, 1-0. Hibbitts scored two batters later on a Kevin Atkinson single, 2-0.
The lead increased to 3-0 in the second when Gracey scored on a bases-loaded hit by pitch to Hibbitts.
BYU tied the game at three in the bottom of the third on singles by Brandon Relf and Kasey Ko. A double by Steve Parker to score Ko put the Cougars ahead 4-3.
After a 10-run inning by BYU on Friday night, the Lobos returned the favor in the top of the fourth inning, scoring seven runs. Cavazos-Galvez hit a two-out double to score Gracey and Brownstein, 5-4. The Lobos went on to score five more runs, including Rafael Neda and Bobby Moore on a Gracey single and Adam Courcha on a Brownstein double, 10-4. The seven-run inning tied the most by the Lobos in an inning this season (7 in the eighth inning against Air Force on April 12).
BYU picked up another run in the bottom of the sixth, 10-5.
Cavazos-Galvez got his second hit of the game in the top of the seventh, a two-run homer, his 11th of the season to build the lead to 12-5.
The Lobos picked up three runs in the ninth, 15-5, while BYU added one in the bottom of the inning, 15-6.
Reliever Will Kerr (3-3) got the win for the Lobos after closing out the third with a strikeout and two groundouts to third. Kerr held off BYU until the sixth before giving way to Daniel Grubbs and Clinton Cox. Jordan Muir (2-5) took the loss for BYU.
Cavazos-Galvez finished the game 3-for-6 from the plate with four RBI and three runs scored. Gracey was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. The Lobos return to action next weekend when they travel to Las Vegas for a three-game MWC series with UNLV, May 9-11.