Feb. 21, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico State got revenge on the Lobo baseball team with a 12-6 win at Isotopes Park Tuesday night. The win evens the series after New Mexico won its season opener in Las Cruces.
The Aggies came out swinging, putting two runs on the board in the first off a Brandon Lance home run to left field. Joseph Godinez hit a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Jason Long one inning later for a 3-0 lead.
Junior, Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, Matt Foote stayed red hot, leading off the second with a single to center field, extending his hit streak to seven games. Foote stole second and then scored on a single through the right side from sophomore Drew McDonald.
NMSU's Patrick Fields doubled to center for two RBI, pushing the lead to 5-1. Following a walk, the Lobos brought in freshman Brandon Hewett, who gave up a double to right field, giving the Aggies two more runs.
Trailing 7-1, junior Chris Carlson jump-started the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run over the left field fence. With two outs, Foote was hit by a pitch, then stole second and third. Two consecutive doubles from sophomores Ian Hollick and McDonald added two more runs, cutting the lead to 7-3.
New Mexico State's Luke Hopkins added a run in the sixth with a single to center. The Lobos got the run back in the bottom of the inning as freshman Dane Hamilton singled to center, allowing sophomore Jordan Pacheco to trot home from third.
With runners at first and third in the seventh, freshman Chad Itokazu's pickoff attempt failed with no one covering first, allowing Adam Harvey to score the unearned run. Three singles, a double and a walk in the eighth gave the Aggies their biggest lead (12-5) as three runs crossed the plate.
Again Carlson blasted the ball out of the park, this time straight over the center field fence in the eighth. But that was all the runs UNM would score, stranding 14 runners overall.
Foote was a perfect 3-for-3, including a triple and two runs scored. Carlson went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. McDonald also picked up two RBI with two hits. Lance and Harvey led NMSU, both going 3-for-4. Lance had three RBI and three runs scored while Harvey had two runs scored and an RBI.
NMSU freshman Dillon Smith, the loser in the the first game of the series, evened out his record at 1-1 with the win. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits, one walk and five strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Sophomore Bobby Moore suffered the loss, giving up six earned runs, five walks and five hits in 2.2 innings. Moore struck out three.
The Lobos return to the field this weekend, hosting Utah Valley State for a three-game series. Friday night's game is slated to start at 6 p.m.