March 26, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - San Diego State broke a 2-2 tie and scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to edge the New Mexico baseball team, 4-3, Friday night at Isotopes Park. UNM countered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn't enough for the Lobos (5-15-1, 2-2 MWC).
In the top of the eighth, SDSU's Lance Zawadzki hit an RBI single to right field to score pinch runner David Hall, and then Landon Burt scored all the way from first after an errant Lobo throw on the same play. UNM got out of the jam on a double play to end the inning.
New Mexico cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth as Joe Salas nailed a run-scoring double down the left-field line, but a flyout ended the rally before the Lobos could do any more damage. Salas finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Aztec reliever Ryan Schroyer got the final out in the eighth and closed the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season. SDSU starter Scott Shoemaker allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work to improve to 4-5.
UNM starter Jason Fernandez (2-3) pitched 7.1 innings in the loss, surrendering nine hits and four runs on three strikeouts.
The Aztecs (14-17, 4-0 MWC) answered with two runs in the top of the second on a Josh Corona single that brought home two runs.
After the quick 2-2 score, the game turned into a pitcher's duel. At one point, Fernandez retired 11 consecutive batters and Shoemaker mowed down 10 straight. Both teams only had one hit from the fourth through the seventh innings.
The Lobos return to action tomorrow night for "Pack the Park" night at Isotopes Park, beginning at 6 p.m. All tickets are only $2, and there will be a fireworks extravaganza after the game. UNM is looking to set the single-game attendance mark for the program, which is currently 5,430.