May 2, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The New Mexico baseball team collected 21 hits and hit three homers as it slammed San Diego State, 18-9, Sunday afternoon at Tony Gywnn Stadium. Five Lobos tallied at least three hits, including A.J. Spitaleri and Joe Salas, who each had four. Karsten Gaarder (2-2) earned his second win of the season after pitching six innings of solid relief.
The Lobos (18-23-1 overall) are now 14-7 in the Mountain West Conference, 1 1/2 games back of league-leader UNLV (15-5 MWC). San Diego State is in third at 12-7.
Spitaleri blasted two homers, scored three runs, drove in three and went 4-for-6 for the afternoon. Salas also went 4-for-6 with three runs while delivering four RBI. Sean Murray, Daniel Stovall and Matt Foote all registered three hits in the game, and Tim Grady had three RBI. Murray tied his career high with four runs scored.
The Lobos opened the game with five runs in the first. Spitaleri hit his first homer of the game, a two-run shot, and Salas also hit a two-run job followed by a Ryan Barba RBI single.
San Diego State (24-25) also got on the board with a single run in the first, but the Lobos countered with two runs in the second to take a 7-1 lead. SDSU scored two runs in each the second, third and fourth innings to cut the UNM lead to 8-7 after the Lobos scored one run in the fourth.
New Mexico broke the game open in the late innings, scoring four runs in the eighth and six in the ninth. Foote nailed a two-run double to key the four-run eighth, while everyone got in on the action in the last frame, as the Lobos tallied six hits for six runs. Spitaleri led off the inning with a solo homer, his fourth of the season. Murray, Stovall and Matt Young also had RBI hits in the ninth.
New Mexico's next scheduled game, May 4 at Texas Tech, has been cancelled and will not be made up due to scheduling conflicts. The Lobos return to action for a three-game series at BYU next weekend (May 6-8) in Provo, Utah.
UPDATED MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS
1. UNLV (15-5) 2. New Mexico (14-7) 3. San Diego State (12-7) 4. BYU (9-9) 5. Utah (5-13) 6. Air Force (0-14)