May 5, 2006
PROVO, Utah - BYU completed the doubleheader sweep, taking the nightcap, 9-2, over the Lobos. New Mexico, falling to 27-20 overall and 9-6 in the Mountain West Conference, has lost seven straight, a season high.
Shortstop Marcos Villezcas gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on a throwing error by sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco.
With runners at first and third with one out in the fourth, BYU conceded a run to New Mexico, tying the game as they went for the force out at second. Junior right fielder Chris Dabbs scored on the play.
Senior Jesse Perez surrendered two home runs in the fifth, a solo shot to left fielder Austin Carter with one out and a two-run homer to right fielder Ben Saylor, giving BYU a 4-1 lead.
Saylor extended the BYU lead to 5-2 in the seventh with a two-out home run to right. Then the Cougars scored four runs on three hits and two errors by Barba, putting the game out of reach.
Jesse Craig improved to 5-6 with the win, allowing eight hits, two runs, two walks and three strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Josh Barrett threw a hitless inning of relief to seal the win. Perez fell to 2-2 with the loss, giving up six hits, four runs (three earned) three walks and four strikeouts. Junior Damon Miller threw 3.0 innings in relief, allowing six hits, five runs (two earned) and a strikeout.
Hamilton and freshman catcher Zach Arnett led the Lobos, going 2-for-4. Barba was 1-for-4 with a team-high two RBI. Saylor was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs score while Carter and Villezcas were 2-for-4 with two runs scored each. Carter also drove in two runs.
The series concludes tomorrow with a matinee at 1 p.m. BYU has won all three meetings this season. The Cougars will face undefeated junior southpaw Danny Ray Herrera (8-0).