Feb. 25, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Danny Ray Herrera shut out the Utah Valley State baseball team this afternoon for his second complete game and third win of the season. The Lobos, now 7-4 overall, improve to 2-0 against the Wolverines.
Herrera breezed through the first two innings, retiring six straight batters. He allowed two singles to lead off the third but settled in to record six more consecutive outs.
Still with no score in the fifth, Herrera gave up two hits, putting runners at first and third for Chris Benson. Benson sliced the ball back toward the mound and Herrera leaped up to make the catch and turn the double play at first.
Sophomore Ian Hollick belted a solo home run to left in the bottom of the fifth, giving New Mexico a 1-0 lead. One inning later, junior Chris Carlson double to left center, bringing home classmate Jay Russell. Junior Daniel Stovall followed with an RBI double to left of his own, giving the Lobos a 3-0 lead.
Herrera again shut down the Utah Valley State hitters, quickly moving through the sixth and seventh. With runners at second and third and one out in the eighth, Herrera fanned Jason Zundel. Eli Slesk followed, drawing the only walk from Herrera on the evening to load the bases for Adam Openshaw. Openshaw hit it right to Herrera, who flipped the ball to sophomore catcher Drew McDonald for the out at home.
Six pitches is all Herrera needed to wrap up the ninth, getting two groundouts before striking out Keiki Albino to end the game. Overall, Herrera struck out seven and allowed six hits.
Russell led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Carlson was 1-for-2 with a RBI, run scored and two walks. Cory Newton was 3-for-3 to lead UVSC.
The Lobos conclude their series with Utah Valley State tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Live stats are available on UNM official athletic website: www.GoLobos.com. The game will also be aired locally on KDEF 1150 AM and on the internet via the Lobos' website.