April 18, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball scored the third-most runs in school history in a 29-3 victory over the Coppin State Eagles at Lobo Field today. The Lobos tied a school record with 28 RBIs in a single game. The win gives New Mexico a three-game sweep of Coppin State and its second non-conference series sweep of the season. Senior Justin Howard tied two school records and had career-highs with six hits and six runs scored in a single game to lead the Lobos at the plate. The Lobos improve to 24-13 on the season. The Eagles fall to 11-20.
"That was a good win out there today," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "That's good for our team to come out and win one like that. I thought Mike Lachapelle threw a good game. The standard at UNM is going to be very high and we want to play perfect baseball."
Howard went 6-for-7 on the day with six runs scored, four RBIs and one home run. He improved his batting average by 19 points to .422.
"I saw the ball good out there today," said Howard. "I was pretty happy with my performance. I wanted to be aggressive today. My philosophy is hit the ball where it's pitched and that worked for me today."
Junior Ryan Honeycutt went 4-for-7 and had a career-high seven RBIs. Freshman Mitchell Garver went 4-for-6 with one double and one RBI. Freshman Alex Allbritton made his first start at third base since injuring his finger against UNLV on April 2. Allbritton went 2-for-5 and tied a school record with two triples. Senior Chris Juarez entered the game in the fifth inning and was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs and improved his batting average 15 points to .413. Senior Daniel Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman John Michael Twichell went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Junior Kenny Held hit a two-run blast in the eighth inning that cleared the green wall in center field at Lobo field.
The Lobo pitching staff gave up three runs on seven hits. Junior Mike Lachapelle (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season. He scattered three hits over five innings giving up one run. The combination of freshman Austin House, sophomore Gera Sanchez, junior Zach Cleveland, freshman Oscar Almeida and sophomore Rudy Jaramillo gave up two runs on four hits.
The Lobo offense scored at least two runs in all but the third inning. New Mexico scored six in the first to set the early tone and got two in the second and fourth, seven in the fifth, two in the sixth, eight in the seventh and two in the eighth.
The Lobos host San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday at Isotopes Park. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on 101.7 FM The TEAM. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.