May 18, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - No. 13 Arizona State collected 25 hits and hit four homers as it defeated the New Mexico baseball team, 22-4, Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. The Lobos (22-26-1, 18-9 MWC) will now turn their focus on the bigger picture - playing UNLV (32-20, 19-8 MWC) later this week (May 20-22) at Isotopes Park with the Mountain West regular season championship on the line. If the Lobos sweep the Rebels, they will will in the conference outright; if they take two out of three and San Diego State loses at least once to Utah, they will tie for the title but go to the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Arizona State (36-13) scored six runs in the first - keyed by a Chris Cook grand slam - and never looked back. ASU added two runs in the second, two in the third and five in the fifth to go up 15-0 before the Lobos scored a run in the fifth on a Josh Mader RBI single.
In the sixth, Tim Grady hit a deep solo homer over the scoreboard in left-center. Grady went 3-for-4 in the game and had two doubles to go along with his homer. Matt Young, who also collected three hits, hit a run-scoring triple in the same inning. In the ninth, Daniel Stovall delivered an RBI single for UNM's fourth run of the game.
New Mexico and UNLV begin their three-game series at noon on Thursday, May 20 at Isotopes Park.