March 21, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas --- Senior Jacob Norton picked up his second win of the season as the University of New Mexico baseball team beat TCU, 7-4, on Friday night in Mountain West Conference action. The Lobos improved to 12-9 overall and 2-3 in the MWC. The two teams will play the rubber game on Saturday, March 22, at 12 p.m. (MDT) in Fort Worth.
For the second night in a row, the Lobos got on the board in the first inning. Senior Matt Hibbitts picked up his first RBI of the night with a double to left field that scored right fielder Anthony Martinez, 1-0.
TCU evened the score, 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Norton allowed runs to cross the plate on a hit by pitch and a walk after putting the Horned Frogs down 1-2-3 in the first three innings.
TCU took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a Brett Medlin triple that scored Corey Steglich.
The Lobos responded in the sixth to retake the lead for Norton. Hibbitts picked up his second RBI of the game with a single up the middle to score second baseman Mike Brownstein and even the score at 3-3. Dane Hamilton, starting at third base, got Hibbitts across the plate three batters later on a single to left field to give the Lobos a 4-3 lead.
UNM picked up two more runs in the seventh to build a 6-3 lead. Brownstein picked up an RBI on a single to second base that scored first baseman Kevin Atkinson. Hibbitts earned his third RBI of the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring shortstop Scott Gracey.
TCU manufactured a run in the seventh when Steglich scored for a second time, closing the Lobo lead to 6-4. Junior Clinton Cox came in to relieve Norton and stop the TCU momentum.
Brownstein scored an insurance run for the Lobos in the top of the ninth, 7-4, on a Hibbitts single. Hibbitts finished the game 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored and four RBI to lead the Lobo offense.
Norton (2-2) earned the win by throwing 6.2 innings, giving up six hits, four earned runs, and two walks, and striking out six. Cox earned his second save of the season, giving up just one hit over 2.1 innings. Greg Holle (1-2) took the loss for TCU.