March 24, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Hollick doubled over Drew Holder's head in right field, driving in junior Matt Foote for a 4-3 win over Dallas Baptist in the bottom of the ninth at Isotopes Park. Foote started off the inning with roller to third that Cody Montgomery picked up in fair territory right before it hit the base.
The Patriots jumped on junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera early, getting three runs in the second on a triple from Evan Bigley, two walks and a bases-clearing double from Montgomery. The three runs tied the most Herrera has allowed in a game all year. DBU got four of its six hits off Herrera in the first three innings as well as four of Herrera's career-high five walks.
But like a pro, Herrera settled down, scattering just two hits over his final five innings. He also stuck out four of his seven total in his final four innings.
Junior Chris Carlson ended Randall Taylor's shutout performance in the fourth, leading off with a double and scoring on junior Daniel Stovall's single to the gap in right center. Stovall then advanced to second on a single from Foote and took third on an unexpected sacrifice bunt from Hollick. Sophomore Drew McDonald brought Stovall home on a sac fly.
Trailing by one heading into the fifth, senior Ryan Barba knew exactly what he was looking for, taking Taylor's first pitch right over the left field wall to tie the game at 3.
Freshman Chad Itokazu came in to start the ninth, fanning the first two batters. But a hit by pitch, catcher's interference and a walk loaded the bases for DBU's clean-up hitter, Drew Holder. On the first pitch, Holder hit a high fly ball to shallow left which senior Brandon Bingham had no trouble reeling in.
Foote was perfect at the plate, finishing the game 3-for-3 with one run scored. Stovall hit .500 (2-for-4) with a RBI and run scored. Bigley led the Patriots, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Itokazu claimed his first win (1-1), throwing a hitless inning for one walk and two strikeouts. Herrera went 8 innings for six hits, three runs, five walks and seven strikeouts. Michael Gardner suffered the loss, allowing two hits and one run with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Taylor finished with eight hits, three runs, two walks and nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
The Lobos, 17-7 overall, return to the field at noon tomorrow with freshman Chace Lankford on the mound. With a win, UNM would sweep the season series with Dallas Baptist (17-10).