Feb. 17, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - A four-run third inning catapulted the Lobos in front of Arizona en route to a 6-5 win in Tucson. The win ended the New Mexico baseball team's 23-game losing streak to the Wildcats dating back to 1997.
Arizona jumped out in front in the bottom of the first as Eric Berger doubled to left, bringing home Jason Donald and Brad Boyer. With two outs, Derek Decater singled up the middle for an RBI as Berger scored, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
Five consecutive singles to start the fourth inning rattled Arizona starter Mark Melancon as freshman Dane Hamilton, senior Ryan Barba and sophomore Jordan Pacheco tied the game at 3. Junior Matt Foote drove in the go-ahead run in junior Jay Russell as he grounded out at first.
Hamilton gave the Lobos a 5-3 lead in the fourth after reaching on an error and stealing second. He was brought home by Barba, who singled to right.
Tucson native and former Arizona sophomore Drew McDonald drove in the eventual game-winning run in the sixth as he singled to left. Junior Matt Foote scored after getting on with a single and advancing to second on an error from second baseman Colt Sedbrook.
The Wildcats fought back to within a run in the seventh. Donald laced a triple to right with two outs, bringing home Boyer and Jon Gaston.
But that is all Arizona would get as freshman Chad Itokazu and junior Damon Miller closed out the game, allowing just one hit between the two of them. Itokazu, in his first appearance of the season, tossed 1.2 innings for a hit and one strikeout. Miller earned his first save as a Lobo, recording the final two outs in the ninth.
Senior Nate Melek earned his first win in the cherry and silver, going 6.2 innings for seven hits, five runs (three earned), two walks and three strikeouts. Melancon suffered the loss, throwing 5.0 innings for eight hits, six runs (five earned), two walks and seven strikeouts.
Barba and Russell led the Lobos at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Hamilton was 1-for-4, scoring a team-high two runs. Decater and Gaston led Arizona in hits, going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively. Donald and Berger each drove in two runs.
The series resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. with left-handed junior Danny Ray Herrera taking on lefty Brad Mills. Live stats are available for free on Arizona's official athletic website, www.arizonaathletics.com.