March 14, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Despite a steady comeback and five UNLV errors, the University of New Mexico baseball team lost its Mountain West Conference opener, 7-5, to the Rebels Friday night at Isotopes Park. Junior Bobby Moore went 3-for-4, only a homer shy of the cycle, to lead the Lobos in offense.
Starter Jacob Norton started off the game with two consecutive walks, but settled in until the fourth when the Rebels (8-7, 1-0 MWC) put up a three spot to break a scoreless tie. With two outs, Norton surrendered three consecutive hits to give the Rebels the lead. Anthony Morel singled in Michael Brenly, who tripled in the previous at bat, and Bryan Resnick followed Morel with a two-run blast.
The Lobos (8-7, 0-1 MWC) plated a run in both the fifth and sixth inning to make the score, 7-2, after the Rebels tacked on one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
The UNM offense chipped away in the bottom of the seventh. Brian Cavazos-Galvez reached on an error and advanced to third on an Ian Hollick double. Cavazos-Galvez would come around to score when Mike Brownstein reached on an error two batters later. After a Bobby Moore walk, the Lobos had the bases loaded for Matt Hibbitts, but managed to squeeze out only one run to make the score 7-4. UNM added one more in the eighth when Rafael Neda scored after leading the inning off with a double to left field.
The win went to UNLV's Corey Hales (3-0), who gave up only one earned run in seven innings of work.
Moore, normally a middle relief pitcher, manned right field and tripled in his first at bat, stroked a double in the sixth, and singled in the ninth to become the fifth Lobo this season to be one quarter shy of the cycle. Kevin Atkinson and Hollick each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
"We didn't get the breaks. We had several situations where we had a chance to win the ball game. There were a few minor mistakes made, but not anything major," Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham said. "We swung the bats and we pitched a little but, they got more hits then we did and that is what it boiled down to. I'm proud of these kids. They are doing the best that they can do right now."
The Lobos will look for their first MWC win tomorrow with ace pitcher Bobby LaFromboise on the mound. The contest with the Rebels will begin at 2 p.m. at Isotopes Park.