March 11, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Danny Ray Herrera fanned nine, including five in the first two innings, to tie his career high and lead New Mexico to a 13-2 win over 12th-ranked Oregon State Saturday night at Isotopes Park. The Lobos improve to 14-5 and drop OSU to 11-5, ending the Beavers' seven-game win streak.
Two straight walks to lead off the bottom of the first came around to score as junior Chris Carlson singled in sophomore Jordan Pacheco and junior Jay Russell scooted home on a fielder's choice by junior Matt Foote. Sophomore Ian Hollick didn't take long to extend his career-high hit streak to 12 games with an RBI double to left.
Oregon State starter Anton Maxwell walked the bases loaded one inning later, causing an argument between head coach Pat Casey and the umpires. Following Casey's ejection, junior Daniel Stovall blasted a bases-clearing double for three more runs, leading to comments that got OSU's catcher, Casey Priseman, tossed. Stovall later scored on a sacrifice fly from Hollick for a 7-0 lead.
OSU's Cole Gillespie homered to left, leading off the third, for just the second home run hit off Herrera and the fifth against the team all season. Two more singles led to another run, leaving the Beavers trailing by five.
Herrera masterfully ran through the next five innings, scattering just four hits. He improved to 5-0 with the win, allowing 11 hits, two runs, no walks and nine strikeouts in 8 innings.
A double from junior Ryan Barba and Carlson along with two more Oregon State errors led to five runs in the sixth. One inning later, Barba tripled and scored on a single from Carlson, extending New Mexico's lead to 11 (13-2).
Freshman Chad Itokazu relieved Herrera in the ninth, giving up just one hit and one strikeout before Barba, Pacheco and Stovall ended the game with the team's 37th double play of the season. Overall, Herrera and Itokazu combined to strike out 10 Beavers, who only average five per game.
Carlson led the Lobos, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Russell scored a team-high three runs while Stovall added three RBI. Sophomore Drew McDonald and Barba both hit .500, going 2-for-4. Mike Lissman led OSU, going 3-for-4.
With the season series tied at 1-1, right-handed freshman Chace Lankford will head to the mound, taking on righty Jonah Nickerson. The game, available on KDEF 1150 AM, is scheduled for 1 p.m.