Feb. 28, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshman Bobby Mares scattered three hits in five innings of work and All-American candidate Rafael Neda drove in three runs to lead the Lobos to a 13-5 win over Northern Colorado this afternoon at Isotopes Park. Mares picked his first win in his first collegiate start. The University of New Mexico improves to 5-2 on the season. The Bears fall to 1-3 on the season.
"We've been hitting good the entire weekend," said UNM head coach Ray Birmingham. "Today we got the hits when we needed them. We are swinging the bat fine. Our pitching staff has pitched great to start the season. Bobby Mares is going to be special and he pitched a great game out there today."
The Lobo offense had its best production of the season this afternoon and touched up the Bear pitching staff for 13 runs off 20 hits. Leading the way for the Lobos at the plate was senior Daniel Gonzales, who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Coming into Sunday's game Gonzalez was 3-for-17 with a .176 batting average. After a perfect day at the plate Gonzalez is now hitting .333 for the Lobos.
The Lobos started off the game getting three runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Max Willett led off with a single. Neda took the first pitch he saw and drove it down the left field line to score Willett from first. Neda advanced to third on junior Ryan Honeycutt's ground out to the second baseman. Senior Chris Juarez singled to left field to drive Neda home making the score 2-0. Junior Kenny Held tripled to center field to score Juarez from second making the score, 3-0.
In the bottom of the third inning Neda scored off Held's ground out to the second baseman making the score, 4-1.
The Lobos got two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Willett doubled with one out to score Gonzalez from second, 6-1. Neda singled up the middle to drive in Willett from third, 7-1
New Mexico plated in four runs in the bottom of the fifth after a Gonzalez double drove home sophomore Ben Woodchick and freshman Alex Allbritton, 8-2. A Bear error would lead to a Gonzalez score from third to make the score, 9-2. Honeycutt hit a sacrifice fly to deep right to score Willett for the final run of the inning, 10-2.
The lone Lobo run in the bottom of the six came as Gonzalez scored his second run of the game off a Willett sacrifice fly, 11-2.
The final two Lobo runs were in the bottom of the eighth inning. Held led off the inning with a double down the right field line. After a failed pick-off attempt by the Bears at second base Held advanced to third. A Woodchick ground out to the shortstop scored Held from third. Senior Justin Howard was the final Lobo to get in the hit column and singled to right field and plated Allbrittion from second.
The Bears got one run in the third, fifth and seventh innings and two in the top of the ninth.
Neda went 3-for-5 on the day with three RBIs. Willett and Juarez, Held, Woodchick and Allbritton each had two hits. Willett and Held each had two RBIs , while Juarez, Howard, Honeycutt and Woodchick each had one RBI.
Mares pitched five innings giving up two runs on three hits and struck out three in his collegiate debut.
The Lobos hit the road for a five-game trip starting at New Mexico State. The Lobos will play the Aggies on Tuesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. MT and on Wednesday, March 3 at 3:05 p.m. MT. Both games will be broadcast live by 101.7 FM (KQTM) The TEAM. Television and radio broadcast legend Connie Alexander will call the action along side 101.7 The TEAM President, Joe O'Neill. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.