March 19, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team (15-7) avoided the series sweep, taking Sunday's game, 10-7, over San Francisco (11-12) at Isotopes Park. The Lobos scored at least one run in the first six innings, giving freshman Chace Lankford enough support to pick up his fourth win of the season and stay undefeated as a starter (3-0).
The Lobos came out swinging, recording two consecutive singles to put runners at the corners for junior Chris Carlson. Carlson grounded into a double play but leadoff hitter, sophomore Jordan Pacheco was able to score from third for a 1-0 lead. One inning later the Lobos went up 2-0 as senior Ryan Barba doubled with two outs, driving in sophomore Ian Hollick.
San Francisco swung back, scoring three runs on two hits and two walks in the third, taking a 3-2 lead. But New Mexico put three on the board in the bottom of the inning thanks to a double from Pacheco and four consecutive singles.
Carlson pushed UNM's lead to 7-3 in the fifth with a two-run home run that barely stayed fair down the left line. Barba extended it to 9-3 in the sixth, launching his own two-run bomb over the Lobos' bullpen in left center.
After the teams traded runs in the sixth, junior Quentin Andes came in to relieve Lankford, throwing a hitless seventh. But a triple and two doubles off of Andes in the eighth led to two runs, bringing the Dons' within four (10-6).
Freshman Jordan Salazar, who hadn't given up an earned run to date, was greeted to start the ninth with a first-pitch home run to dead center by Scott Cousins. Salazar settled in, needing just nine pitches to record three straight outs to end the game.
Junior Jay Russell led the Lobos in hits, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Carlson and Barba drove in a team-high three runs, going 1-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively. Pacheco (2-for-4) and Hollick (2-for-4) scored a team-high two runs each. Joey Railey was perfect for the Don's, going 3-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and a run scored.
Lankford (4-1) completed his day allowing six hits, four runs, five walks and three strikeouts in 6 innings. USF reliever Jason Dufloth suffered the loss (1-1), giving up five hits, three runs and a strikeout in 1 inning.
The Lobos wrap up their 12-game homestand at Isotopes Park this weekend, hosting Dallas Baptist. The teams will play Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday at noon.