March 17, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The University of New Mexico baseball team pulled out its biggest win against a ranked opponent, downing No. 3 Texas A&M, 10-6, Tuesday night at Olsen Field. The win marks the highest-ranked team the Lobos have defeated since 1997 when they defeated No. 3 Rice on March 21.
The Lobos out-hit the Aggies 17-6 to improve to 17-3 and hand Texas A&M (14-5) its fifth loss of the season.
UNM exploded for a five-run fifth inning and never looked back. Down 3-2 entering the top of the frame, the Lobos put two runners aboard with one out. Senior second baseman Mike Brownstein singled to right field and junior centerfielder Max Willett followed with a single. Dane Hamilton proceeded to knot it up at 3-3 with a single up the middle to plate Brownstein. Catcher Rafael Neda put the Lobos ahead 5-3 lacing a first pitch triple to right field. After Neda scored on a passed ball to make it 6-3, left fielder Ryan Honeycutt walked and advanced to third after a throwing error on a failed pickoff and a Kevin Atkinson single. Brian Cavazos-Galvez brought Honeycutt home with an RBI fielder's choice for a 7-3 Lobo lead.
Brownstein led off the sixth with a double and scored on a Hamilton single to left center to push the lead to 8-3.
The Aggies threatened in the sixth, coming away with three runs to cut the deficit to 8-6. Reliever Daniel Grubbs took over for Rudy Jaramillo with the bases loaded and one out. Grubbs secured one out before letting a wild pitch and a single score three runs. Grubbs ran into trouble again in the bottom of the seventh, putting two runners on with two outs. Cole White entered to squash the threat, using four pitches to strike out Kyle Colligan.
Texas A&M would not score again, however, as the Lobo bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to stifle the Aggie offense. Atkinson and Justin Howard added insurance with run-scoring singles in the top of the ninth to make it a 10-6 UNM edge.
New Mexico initially trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but tied it with an RBI double from Cavazos-Galvez to score Atkinson in the top of the second. The Lobos took a 2-1 lead with a single tally in the fourth, an RBI single from Atkinson. Texas A&M reclaimed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth before New Mexico responded with the five-run fifth inning.
Atkinson finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Howard and Brownstein paced the Lobos with three hits apiece, while Hamilton, Neda and Cavazos-Galvez collected two RBI in addition to Atkinson.
Jaramillo (2-0) picked up the win after relieving starter Kenny Toves in the fourth inning. Jaramillo allowed only one hit over 2.1 innings. Grubbs, White and Clinton Cox combined for 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. Only one Aggie batter collected multiple hits.
The Lobos will try to make it two, dueling the Aggies on Wednesday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. MDT. The game can be heard on KDEF 1150 AM.