May 17, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico baseball team let a 4-0 lead slip away as TCU scored 13 unanswered runs to beat the Lobos at Isotopes Park today, 13-4. UNM finishes the regular season 32-23 overall and tied for second in the Mountain West Conference with San Diego State at 16-8. TCU improved to 39-16 and 19-5.
Stephen Smith got his Senior Day off to a great start, holding TCU scoreless through three and a third innings, while his teammates built up a 3-0 lead.
Chad Itokazu, making his first start of the season, scored the Lobos second run in the second inning on an error by the TCU left fielder, 2-0. Itokazu was the Lobos designated hitter and hit a double to get on base.
Smith was lifted in the top of the fourth for John Hesketh (2-5) who continued to hold TCU scoreless until the seventh inning.
TCU reliever Seth Garrison (1-3) gave up the Lobos fourth run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Atkinson scored on a single by catcher Drew McDonald, 4-0.
After holding TCU scoreless for six innings, the Lobo pitching staff struggled through the seventh inning, giving up 10 runs in the frame, matching a season-high for runs allowed in one inning this season, 10-4.
The Horned Frogs picked up three more runs in the eighth and ninth innings for the 13-4 final.
On the injury front, pitchers Brandon Hewett and Willy Kesler are out for the remainder of the season. Both had surgery on Thursday, May 15. Hewett had shoulder surgery and is expected to be healthy for the 2009 season. Kesler had Tommy John surgery and is expected to redshirt the 2009 season and be ready for the 2010 season. Centerfielder Max Willett recently had the pins removed from his broken hand and will receive a medical hardship for the 2008 season.
Next up for the Lobos is the 2008 Phillips 66 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. UNM, the No. 2 seed, will play the highest seed winner from Tuesday's first round games on Wednesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. (MDT). All games will be broadcast live on The Mtn. (Comcast Channel 276).