April 24, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - New Mexico's 7-6 lead was erased in the bottom of the sixth as eighth-ranked Oklahoma scored 10 runs on its way to a 18-9 victory over the Lobos Monday afternoon. The Sooners' 10 runs on eight hits, were just too much for the Lobos to overcome, dropping them to 27-14 overall.
The Lobos hung with the Sooners early, trailing by three (6-3) after two. Junior designated hitter Chris Carlson hit his 17th home run of the season to put UNM up 1-0 in the first and junior right fielder Chris Dabbs singled to right, allowing two runs to score in the second.
With the bases loaded in the third, freshman Aaron Bates came in and shut down OU, getting out of the inning. Bates held the Sooners hitless in the fourth to keep the Lobos in the game.
Sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco doubled to center with runners at first and second in the fifth, driving in two runs. Junior left fielder Jay Russell followed with a single to left, moving Pacheco to third. With just one out, Carlson's fly to center was deep enough for Pacheco to tag up and score, evening the game at 6.
One inning later, junior center fielder Matt Foote led off with a double and then stole third. With two outs, this week's Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, senior Ryan Barba, singled to right, bringing home Foote for a 7-6 lead.
Barba and sophomore catcher Drew McDonald both finished 2-for-3 while Russell, Carlson, Foote and Hollick all went 2-for-4. Pacheco and Carlson drove in a team-high two runs while McDonald scored twice to lead UNM. Chuckie Caufield and Kody Kaiser led OU, going 3-for-4 with three runs and a RBI and 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, respectively.
Bates suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs, seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 3 innings. Junior Sean McKee was the only Lobo to hold the Sooners scoreless, allowing two hits and two walks with a strikeout in 1.1 innings. John Brownell improved to 3-0 with the win, throwing a perfect 0.1 inning.
The Lobos, now 0-3 against the Big 12 Conference this season, head to Lubbock, Texas for a single game with Texas Tech tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT.