April 10, 2009
OGDEN, Utah --- For the second night in a row the Lobo baseball team needed a little extra time to beat Utah, 7-6 in 10 innings, at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah. This time it was junior transfer Matt Thompson coming through with the clutch hit for New Mexico. The Aztec, N.M., native hit a two-out double in the top of the 10th inning to score Kevin Atkinson and Brian Cavazos-Galvez to break a 5-5 tie.
The two teams swapped leads throughout the game. UNM (27-8, 7-4 MWC) got on the board first in the second inning on a Cavazos-Galvez solo home run, 1-0. It was the first home run by a Lobo since March 26 vs. BYU, a seven-game gap.
Utah (13-17, 3-8 MWC) responded with two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead, which held until the top of the fifth inning.
The Utes took the lead back one more time in the bottom of the seventh when reliever Travis Dirk gave up a two-out single that scored two Utes, 4-3.
Willett came through with a key hit for the second night in a row, doubling to left center in the top of the ninth to score Rafael Neda and Brownstein, 5-4. But Utah tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth, 5-5, to send the game into extra innings.
Thompson drove in the game-winning runs in the top of the 10th and Daniel Grubbs (2-0) held off the Utes in the bottom of the inning to preserve the Lobo win.
Senior John Hesketh had another strong outing that ended up in a no decision. The lefty starter from British Columbia threw for 6.2 innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six Utah batters.
Willett led New Mexico with three hits and two RBI, while Atkinson, Neda and Brownstein had two hits apiece.
The final game of the weekend series between New Mexico and Utah is set for Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah. Lobo true freshman Rudy Jaramillo is scheduled to make his first collegiate start.