May 15, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team honored its nine seniors for their hard work and dedication to the University and the program today in a pre-game ceremony. The seniors returned the favor in a 19-2 dismantling of Delaware State at Lobo field this afternoon. Seniors Adam Courcha, Daniel Gonzalez, Justin Howard, Chris Juarez and Max Willett combined for 14 of the Lobos' 18 hits and knocked in 13 of the Lobos' 19 runs. The senior trio of Willy Kesler and relievers Edwin Carl and Jason Oatman tied a season-low for hits allowed with three and had a combined 11 strikeouts on the day. The Lobos improve to 33-17 on the season. The Hornets fall to 12-33.
"That was a great senior day," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "That was a great team effort out there. Another great pitching performance on the mound by Willy Kesler, Edwin Carl and Jason Oatman. I can't say enough about that have endured me over the last three years. They've gone from obscurity to notoriety and they have worked their tails off. I hope I can take them to the Promised Land like they deserve."
Howard led the way for the Lobos at the plate going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Howard got hits No. 102-104 on the season and moved into third place all-time at UNM for hits in a single season. Gonzalez was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and one double. For the second day in a row, Willett hit a home run to left-center field. This time it was a three-run shot that one-hopped to Rudy Davalos building, north of Lobo Field. Willett had four RBIs on the day. Courcha was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double. Juarez was also 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Kesler started on the hill for the Lobos going five innings, while giving up one run on two hits. Kesler fanned five batters on the day. With the win, Kesler improves to 6-1 on the season. Carl pitched two innings giving up one run on one hit with four strikeouts. Oatman pitched two innings of hitless baseball to shut the Hornets down.
The Lobos wrap up a three-game series with Delaware State on Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. MT at Lobo Field. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.