April 3, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Amid extremely windy conditions Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park, the New Mexico baseball team completed a three-game sweep over BYU for the first time in program history with a comeback 10-8 win. The Lobos, winners of four straight and five out of six, are now 6-3 (10-16-1 overall) in Mountain West play, while the Cougars fall to 3-6 (13-22 overall). UNM defeated BYU on Thursday, 9-3, and on Friday, 1-0.
After the Lobos surrendered the lead in the top of the eighth inning, UNM rallied back from an 8-6 deficit and scored four runs in the bottom of the inning in the victory. The Lobos led 6-3 heading into the eighth, but the Cougars scored five times on only one hit. BYU took advantage of the wild and rainy conditions and sloppy Lobo play, scoring on two Lobo errors, three walks, three wild pitches and one hit batter.
But then it was the Lobos turn in the bottom of the eighth.
UNM stormed back with four runs in the eighth on one hit, but it was the biggest hit of the game. With the scored tied at 8 and the bases loaded with two outs, Daniel Stovall delivered a two-run single that plated Chris Dabbs and Josh Mader, giving the Lobos the 10-8 lead. The Lobos tied the game on a bases loaded walk and a hit batter when the bases were jammed. The Cougars committed one error, walked two and hit two batters in the eighth, all while using four pitchers in the inning.
Joe Salas (1-1), who entered the game in the eighth, struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first win of the season. Nick Lemon (1-2) took the loss for BYU.
New Mexico led 4-1 after four innings, but a two-run homer in the fifth by BYU's Brandon Taylor trimmed the advantage to 4-3.
The Lobos took a 6-3 lead in the sixth on Matt Young's two-run triple to center field, his sixth triple of the season.
New Mexico returns to action with a two-game series at No. 19 Nebraska April 5-6. Monday's game begins at 6:35 p.m. CT.