Feb. 27, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The New Mexico baseball team had its chances, but in the end lost a close-fought 2-1 game to 20th-ranked Texas A&M Friday night at Olsen Field in the Domino's Pizza Aggie Classic. The Lobos, who defeated Arkansas earlier in the day, fall to 1-3-1 for the season, while the Aggies remain undefeated at 8-0.
The Aggies scored their only runs, both unearned, in the top of the first inning. With runners on first and second with one out, a Lobo error forced the bases loaded, but the next batter struck out. Andrew Baldwin provided the damage, however, with a two-run single that put A&M up 2-0.
But that's all UNM starter Danny Ray Herrera would allow.
Herrera (0-1), a freshman making his second career start, threw seven quality innings without allowing an earned run to the potent Aggie offense, which was averaging 9.6 runs per game. The southpaw struck out five and only walked one.
UNM took its best shot to take the lead in the eighth and ninth innings after A&M starter Robert Ray was taken out of the game after firing seven innings. Ray (1-0) only allowed one run on seven hits while striking out 12.
New Mexico pounced on Aggie reliever Doug Frame in the eighth, as Garrick Haymore led off with a walk and Salas ripped a double that put runners on second and third with nobody out. A&M reliever Blake Rampy then entered the game, and shut down the Lobos scoring threat with a groundout and two strikeouts.
In the ninth, UNM threatened again as Barba started the inning with a double down the left-field line. The Aggies caught a break on the next play, a grounder to deep short, as Barba was thrown out at third on a close play. A Lobo double play ended the threat, and the game.
New Mexico returns to action for day two of the Domino's Pizza Aggie Classic tomorrow at Olsen Field. The Lobos play Arkansas at 11 a.m. and Texas A&M at 3 p.m.
Texas A&M defeated Arkansas, 7-5, in the second game of the tournament. To date, A&M is 2-0, UNM is 1-1 and Arkansas is 0-2.