April 11, 2009
OGDEN, Utah --- After not going extra innings for 33 games to start the season, the University of New Mexico made it three in a row as the Lobos beat Utah, 4-3, in 10 innings at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah on Saturday afternoon. Senior Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit a solo home run to lead off the 10th inning for the game-winner. It was the third game in a row that the Lobos and Utes went 10 innings with UNM winning each game by one run. UNM improves to 28-8 overall and 8-4 in Mountain West Conference action.
For the first time in the weekend series it was the Utes who scored first when Rick Cornu hit a triple to right field to drive in Corey Shimada, 1-0. Lobo true freshman Rudy Jaramillo, making his first collegiate start, settled down for the next 5.2 innings and only allowed one more Utah run in the third.
Lobo left fielder Ryan Honeycutt found his swing in the third inning to get the Lobos on the board. With two outs, Honeycutt singled to left, driving home second baseman Mike Brownstein and center fielder Max Willett, 2-1.
The Utes picked up their only other run off of Jaramillo in the bottom of the third when Tyler Yago doubled in Shimada, 2-2.
Honeycutt and Willett paired up again in the seventh for the Lobos as Honeycutt singled in Willett to give UNM a 3-2 lead.
Utah (13-18, 3-9 MWC) responded in the bottom half of the seventh when Devin Walker scored on a Lobo miscue, tying the game at 3-3.
The teams remained scoreless through two innings before Cavazos-Galvez hit the game-winning shot in the 10th, 4-3. The Lobos brought in Cole White in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the win for reliever Jason Oatman (4-1) and earn the junior closer his fourth save of the season.
Cavazos-Galvez, Brownstein, Honeycutt and Rafael Neda led the Lobos with two hits each. Honeycutt picked up three RBI, while Cavazos-Galvez had one.
New Mexico stays out on the road for two games at Arizona on April 14 and 15. Game time each day at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium is set for 8 p.m. (MDT).
The Lobos return home on Friday, April 17 for a first-place showdown with San Diego State at Isotopes Park. It is Pack The Park Night and all tickets are $2.