April 23, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It was a memorable day for freshman catcher Zach Arnett, who hit his first collegiate home run in the seventh and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a double to right center. Arnett's double with one out and runners at first and second brought home junior center fielder Matt Foote, giving the Lobos a 9-8 win over Utah.
The Utes held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and Foote on second, Arnett drew a full-count walk and freshman right fielder Dane Hamilton tripled to right, sparking a five-run inning for a New Mexico 6-2 lead.
Utah slowly chipped away at the lead, outscoring the Lobos 6-2 between the fifth and eighth innings. Designated hitter Eric King tied the game at 8 in the eighth with one out, hitting a two-run home run to left field with one out.
Utah got a runner on in the ninth but couldn't get him home as freshman righty Chad Itokazu force a flyout and a popup to end the inning.
Junior first baseman Daniel Stovall started the Lobos off with a sharp single up the middle. Foote followed with an attempted sac bunt but reached first safely as first baseman Jay Brossman went to shortstop Ryan Khoury for the force at second. After several failed attempts to pick Foote off, he stole second, leading Utah to intentionally walk sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick to face Arnett.
Arnett finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Hamilton led the team in hits, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Junior left fielder Jay Russell went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs while Foote was 2-for-5, scoring a team-high three runs.
Itokazu earned his second win (2-1), throwing 2.2 innings for three hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout. Senior righty Jesse Perez went 5.2 innings to start the game, allowing 10 hits, five runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Brad DeVore (3-3) suffered the loss, giving up four hits, two runs and a walk in 2.1 innings.
The Lobos (27-13, 9-4 MWC) visit Oklahoma (32-10) for a single game tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT before heading down to face Texas Tech, who was swept by the Sooners in a three-game series this weekend, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT. Junior righty Quentin Andes (2-0, 4.54 ERA) is slated to pitch Monday vs. righty Ryan Mottern (3-1, 4.12 ERA). Starters for both teams on Tuesday have not been announced.