Feb. 7, 2006
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team launched the 2006 season with a 5-3 win over New Mexico State at Askew Field this afternoon. The win ended the Lobos' three-game losing streak to the Aggies and was their first season-opening win since 2003.
New Mexico State got on the board first with one run in the second inning. With two outs and runners at first and third, Brandon Lance singled up the middle as Patrick Fields scored.
The Lobos rallied with a three-run third that started with a walk to senior Ryan Barba on four straight pitches. Sophomore Jordan Pacheco followed with a single to left, moving Barba to second. With a full count, junior Jay Russell singled to center, picking up the RBI as Barba scored. Junior Chris Carlson laced an RBI single to center, bringing home Pacheco. Russell scored the third run of the inning on a two-out single to right from junior Matt Foote.
Lance and Fields gave the Aggies another run in the fifth as Fields scored on a two-out single up the middle from Lance.
Foote pushed the lead back to two in the eight after being hit by a pitch, reaching second on a fielder's choice, stealing third and then scoring on a single from junior Chris Dabbs.
The Aggies stayed in the game, putting another run on the board in the bottom of the eighth as Vince Rodden scored on a wild pitch.
Pacheco and Barba sealed the win for New Mexico, adding the final run in the ninth. Barba drew a full-count walk and stole second. Pacheco followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Junior Danny Ray Herrera earned the win, going 7.1 innings for eight hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Chace Lankford earned his first collegiate save, allowing just one hit while fanning two in 1.2 innings. NMSU's Dillon Smith suffered the loss, throwing 6.0 innings for five hits, three runs, three walks and five strikeouts.
At the plate, Pacheco led the Lobos going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Dabbs was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Barba was 0-for-2 with two runs scored. Aguirre led the Aggies with a 3-for-4 performance while Fields was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The Lobos return to the field this weekend, playing a three-game series at Texas State starting Friday at 3 p.m.