May 14, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- The University of New Mexico baseball team jumped out to a big lead with 11 runs in the first inning to beat Air Force, 25-7, this afternoon at Falcon Field in Colorado Springs. New Mexico improves to 35-18 overall and 13-8 in Mountain West Conference action. Air Force is now 14-35 overall and 3-16 in MWC play.
Senior second baseman Mike Brownstein led the way from the very first plate appearance of the game. Brownstein, the Lobos' leadoff hitter for two consecutive seasons, singled through the right side for his first of six hits in the game. Two batters later Ryan Honeycutt hit a home run to left center to score Brownstein and Max Willett, on with a double, to put UNM up 3-0. Rafael Neda, Kevin Atkinson and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each followed with a single, a triple and a single for six consecutive Lobo hits to start the game.
The Lobos would send 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, taking an 11-0 lead on 10 hits, two walks and an error, before the Falcons could get them stopped. It is the second time this season UNM has scored 10 or more runs in an inning. The previous double-digit inning was 10 runs against Binghamton on March 7.
New Mexico added runs in every inning except the sixth and ninth for 25 total on 28 hits.
Lobo first baseman Justin Howard had a rough start in the first inning, but was walked in to start the third and fourth innings. Howard flied out in the fifth, before finding his stroke in the seventh and eighth innings for two home runs for four RBI.
Brownstein led the Lobos going 6-for-7 from the plate and was walked in the ninth, preventing a possible seventh hit in the game. Neda wasn't too far behind, going 5-for-7 with a walk. Willett, Cavazos-Galvez, Atkinson and Honeycut had three hits each, while Howard had two. Honeycutt led the team with five RBI, while Brownstein and Howard crossed home plate five times each for the Lobos.
The two teams will play again on Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at Falcon Field.