April 9, 2006
SAN DIEGO - The Lobos scored 15 runs on 16 hits, compiling more runs and hits in the series finale than they did in the first two game combined, to beat San Diego State, 15-7 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. New Mexico, recording 12 runs on 15 hits in games one and two together, improve to 20-11 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference.
San Diego State grabbed a 1-0 lead as Quintin Berry led off the first with a double to center and scored with two outs on a single to right from Brock Ungricht.
With two on and two out in the second, sophomore Jordan Pacheco doubled to center, driving in freshmen Zach Arnett and Dane Hamilton for a 2-1 lead. Junior Jay Russell followed with a single through the right side, plating Pacheco and putting the Lobos up 3-1.
The Aztecs evened the score at three in the bottom of the inning on a RBI double down the right field line from Jordan Swaydan and a RBI single to center from Berry.
Pacheco broke the tie in the sixth with a two-out single up the middle, bringing home Hamilton. Russell moved Pacheco to third with a single to left and junior Chris Carlson brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
Junior Brandon Bingham hit a three-run home run to welcome Adam Simon in the seventh, putting UNM up 8-3. Junior Matt Foote tripled and sophomore Ian Hollick doubled to push the Lobos' lead to 10-3 in the eighth.
SDSU's Nick Romero chopped the lead in half with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth off of freshman Chad Itokazu. But three hits and two errors from third baseman Tim O'Brien led to five Lobo runs in the ninth, giving New Mexico a 15-7 lead.
Senior Jesse Perez earned his first win of the season, going 5 innings for seven hits, three runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Chace Lankford threw 2 hitless innings with two walks and a strikeout while freshman Chad Itokazu tossed 0.2 innings for one hit, four runs and one walks. Junior Damon Miller earned his third save, going 1.1 innings for two hits and a walk. SDSU's Mike Koons fell to 3-5 with the loss. He pitched 5 innings of relief for six hits, four run, two walks and five strikeouts.
Pacheco and Hollick led New Mexico in hits, going 4-for-6 and 4-for-5, respectively. Hollick, Pacheco and Bingham drove in a team-high three runs each while Pacheco and Foote scored a team-high three runs each. Berry, Swaydan and Curt Mendoza led SDSU, going 2-for-4 while Romero drove in a team-leading four runs.
The Lobos travel to Lubbock, Texas for a single game with Texas Tech on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. CT.