Feb. 28, 2006
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team extended its win streak to four games with a 15-12 win at New Mexico State. The win moves the Lobos to 9-4 overall and 2-1 vs. NMSU this season, taking both games in Las Cruces.
With the bases loaded and one out in the first, sophomore Ian Hollick launched his second home run of the season to right field for a 5-0 Lobo lead. New Mexico State got two runs back in the bottom of the inning but a pair of doubles from juniors Daniel Stovall and Matt Foote and a single from Hollick tacked on four more in the second, putting the Lobos up by seven.
Aggie first baseman Luke Hopkins doubled in the bottom of the second for two of NMSU's three runs in the inning, cutting the lead to four. Over the next six innings, both the Lobos and the Aggies scattered three solo runs, making in 12-8 entering the ninth.
An error by NMSU's Joseph Godinez proved costly, as three Lobo runs scored after the inning should have ended. Stovall scored on a wild pitch while Foote and Hollick scored on singles from freshman Chad Itokazu and senior Ryan Barba, respectively.
Had the three runs in the top of the ninth not scored, NMSU would have pushed the game into extra innings, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, Abe Aguirre doubled in a run, followed by a two-RBI double from Hopkins. Hopkins scored the fourth run on an error by Hollick but the damage was done as UNM held on for the win.
Senior Darren Coltrinari earned his first win (1-1) of the season, throwing 5 innings for eight hits, six runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Junior Damon Miller earned his third save after pitching the eighth and ninth innings. NMSU's Riley Vanham suffered the loss, going just one inning for three hits, six runs and one walk.
Foote and sophomore Drew McDonald led the team with four hits, going 4-for-5 and 4-for-6, respectively. Foote and Stovall scored a team-high four runs while Hollick led the team in RBI with five.
New Mexico returns to the field on Friday, kicking off a three-game series with Northern Colorado. The first pitched is slated for 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park.