March 4, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobo bats were red-hot Saturday night as the Lobos won their sixth in a row. New Mexico produced 23 hits in the team's 21-1 beating of Northern Colorado. Juniors Daniel Stovall and Jay Russell each drove in six runs, going 3-for-4 and 5-for-6 at the plate, respectively.
The crowd was on its feet to start the second, chanting for junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera. He responded, striking out the side, on just 10 pitches.
The Lobo hitters responded to Herrera's momentum-changing inning, putting six runs on the board in the bottom of the second. The offense continued to shine in the third, adding seven more runs on just five hits for a 13-0 lead.
Russell, at bat for the third time in the fourth inning, doubled for his sixth RBI of the game, extending UNM's lead to 14.
Herrera continued his dominance over the Bears' hitters, allowing just one hit after the second inning. Overall, he allowed two hits and one walk while fanning five in 6 innings of work for his fourth (4-0) win of the season.
Northern Colorado sent three batters up in the seventh and freshman Tim Sloan sent them right back to the dugout, making his first appearance as a Lobo.
After freshman Dane Hamilton's pinch-hit triple with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, senior right-handed pitcher Darren Coltrinari stepped to the plate. Coltrinari flied out to right field, but picked up the third RBI of his career, giving the Lobos an 18-0 lead.
The Bears avoided the shutout, getting a run in the eighth on three hits, which was one more than they had in the first seven innings combined. Freshman Brandon Hewett settled down after giving up the three singles, getting a groundout and strikeout.
Stovall, needing a home run for the cycle, doubled to deep right center, picking up his fifth and sixth RBIs of the game. Hamilton followed with an RBI single for UNM's 21st run.
Junior Sean McKee made his first appearance, closing out the ninth. After giving up two singles, McKee struck out Josh Payne for the win.
The Lobos, now 11-4 overall, have the best start ever under head coach Rich Alday. New Mexico also stays undefeated against Northern Colorado (3-9) under Alday, improving to 5-0.
The teams close out the series tomorrow at Isotopes Park with the first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Freshman Chace Lankford (2-1) is expected to get the start for New Mexico.