April 14, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team swept the Air Force Falcons, claiming the final game of the series, 26-11 today at Lobo Field. The win moves New Mexico to 23-12 and 6-3 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Lobos started with five runs on four hits, including a triple to center from freshman right fielder Dane Hamilton in the first. But Air Force got five hits, including a triple from center fielder Chay Derbigny, in the second off of junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera, evening the game at 5-5.
Junior designated hitter Chris Carlson's two-run shot to left broke the tie in the bottom of the second. A RBI single from sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick and a two-RBI single from sophomore catcher Drew McDonald added three more runs, putting UNM up 10-5.
Hollick homered to left in the fourth and junior first baseman Daniel Stovall doubled down the left field line in the fifth, driving in three runs to extend the Lobos' lead to nine. Four singles in the sixth led to four more Lobo runs, going up 18-5.
Air Force scored one in the seventh but six UNM hits, including three home runs, led to six more runs for New Mexico in the bottom of the inning.
The Falcons outscored the Lobos 5-2 in the eighth thanks to a grand slam by third baseman Billy Adams.
Sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco, Hollick and McDonald all led the team, going 4-for-5. Pacheco scored a team-high five runs while Hamilton and Carlson led UNM with four RBI. Hamilton finished the day 3-for-5 while Carlson was 3-for-6. Derbigny, Adamsn and designated hitter Erol Kelter all were 2-for-4 for Air Force.
Herrera improved to 7-0 with the win. He allowed nine hits, six runs (five earned) and one walk with seven strikeouts. Jake Petro evened out at 2-2 with the loss. He gave up eight hits for nine runs and two walks with a strikeout in 1.2 innings.
The Lobos head back across the street to Isotopes Park on Tuesday for a noon game with Airzona. They host Utah for a three-game series next weekend.