March 28, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Mike Brownstein delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh to crack a 5-5 tie while Edwin Carl and Cole White combined for three innings of two-hit relief as the 21st-ranked University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team secured a 9-5 victory over Mountain West Conference foe BYU (15-10, 5-4 MWC) Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park. New Mexico (24-4, 5-1 MWC) struggled to connect with runners on base all afternoon, stranding nine runners before coming through in the clutch in the seventh.
The Lobos entered the frame trailing 5-3, but came away from the inning with five runs on five hits. Brian Cavazos-Galvez cut the deficit to one, lacing a single to left after Dane Hamilton led off with a walk and Kevin Atkinson singled. With Atkinson at second and Cavazos-Galvez at first, Justin Howard knotted it up with a single to left to plate Atkinson. Shortstop Daniel Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Cavazos-Galvez to third and Howard into scoring position at second. Brownstein, who had reached base three times already, made it advantage Lobos with the single to plate the pair. After swiping second for his second steal of the day, Hamilton scored Brownstein with a single to right for an 8-4 UNM cushion.
White entered in the eighth stifling the Cougar offense over the final two innings to pick up his second save of the season, both coming from the weekend series. Carl picked up the win as the pitcher of record when UNM claimed the lead. Despite a couple shaky innings, starter Bobby Moore was effective, pitching six-plus innings with a career-high seven strikeouts.
The Lobos plated two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Atkinson lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Max Willett. Cavazos-Galvez slashed a single to right, allowing Hamilton to score.
BYU countered with one in the second and a three-spot in the third. Moore struggled in just those two innings, as the Cougars pieced together four consecutive hits with two outs in the top of the third to steal the lead, 4-2.
New Mexico manufactured a run in the bottom of the fourth. After Gonzalez singled and Brownstein walked, Willett laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Gonzalez would score on a Hamilton groundout. UNM added another in the eighth with a Gonzalez single to right, his third of the day.
Matching Gonzalez' hits total was Atkinson, who also went 3-for-3 on the day. Cavazos-Galvez, Brownstein and Hamilton paced UNM with two RBI apiece.
The Lobos host Texas Tech on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, before hitting the road for three-straight away series. Tuesday's game is set for 6 p.m., while Wednesday's will be at 2 p.m., both at Isotopes Park.