Feb. 28, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The University of New Mexico baseball team erupted for 36 runs and 37 hits to improve to 7-2 on the season, beating Northern Colorado (4-3), 13-5 and 23-3, in a doubleheader Saturday at Isotopes Park.
With a 5-2 lead in Game Two, the Lobos added six in the fourth. Max Willett sparked the scoring with an RBI-double to right. Willett would come around to score one batter later on a Dane Hamilton single. With the bases loaded and one out, senior right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez belted a grand slam to deep center for an 11-2 Lobo lead.
UNM tacked on four in the sixth before striking for six again in the seventh and adding two in the eighth for their second victory this season with 20 or more runs.
Senior lefty Bobby Moore (2-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs in six innings with six strikeouts, including the last four batters he faced. Brandon Hewett, Will Kerr and Brett Haggerty each chipped in an inning of relief work.
In Game One, the Lobos took an early 3-0 lead before denting the scoreboard with eight runs in the bottom of the third. Cavazos-Galvez and designated hitter Justin Howard blasted back-to-back home runs to start the inning. With two outs, Willett, Hamilton, catcher Rafael Neda and Atkinson hit four straight singles before Howard roped a bases-loaded triple to give UNM a commanding 11-0 lead. Howard collected a game-high five RBI, while Willett paced the Lobos with four hits. Hamilton reached base in each at-bat, collecting two walks and falling a home run short of the cycle with three hits.
The Lobos added a run in the seventh and eighth.
Freshman lefty Gabe Aguilar (2-0) notched the win in two innings of relief, while right-handed reliever Daniel Grubbs picked up a save with three innings of work from the bullpen. Starter Travis Dirk went four innings, allowing five runs and striking out six in his second start as a Lobo.
"I think everybody should have a quality at-bat and everybody should pitch well," Lobos head coach Ray Birmingham said. "It does show that we are getting better and we have a chance to be something pretty special. I never think the team is where it needs to be. When we pull up in Omaha that is when we are where we need to be."
UNM concludes the series on Sunday, March 1, with sophomore transfer Kenny Toves making the start on the mound. The game is set for noon at Isotopes Park.