March 7, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team split a doubleheader with USC, losing 6-2 and winning 16-7 this afternoon at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, Calif. In game two senior Justin Howard led the way going 5-for-6 with five RBIs. New Mexico took two out of three games from the Trojans over the weekend. The Lobos are now 8-4 on the season. The Trojans fall to 5-6 on the season.
"Great job by in the second game by the offense and Richard Olson," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "Olson came out after having a bad outing early this week and got after it. It seems to be lately that the starting pitchers are vulnerable in the first couple of innings. After the first two innings we have been able to shut teams down. We took two out of three from a very good USC team and this is the first series UNM has won here in L.A."
The Lobos have now won the last three out of four all-time against USC, all in Los Angeles. The last win before this weekend was on March 12, 1985.
In the rubber match against the Trojans, the Lobos got ten runs over a three-inning span to break a 6-6 tie in the top of the third and never looked back. The Lobos were led at the plate by Howard, who set career highs for hits (5) and RBIs (5) in a single game. Junior Ryan Honeycutt went 2-for-4 and hit his second home run of the season. Honeycutt also had a double and two RBIs. Senior Chris Juarez went 1-for-5 with three RBIs.
In game one of the doubleheader the Lobos lost a 6-2 decision to the Trojans. Juarez led the Lobos at the plate going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Honeycutt went 2-for-4 with two singles.
Senior Willy Kesler (0-1) pitched five innings, giving up five earned runs and fanned five batters.
The Lobos kick off a nine-game homestand with New Mexico State on March 9-10 and also will host Louisiana Tech on March 12-14. New Mexico starts Mountain West Conference play with Utah at Isotopes Park on March 19-21. The New Mexico State series, Sunday's game against Louisiana Tech and all three games of the Utah series will be broadcast live on 101.7 FM The TEAM. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.