Cherry Clinches Series with 17-12 win
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/05/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 5, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshman John Twichell collected five RBI, including three on a blast to deep center field, and the Cherry offense outlasted Silver for a 17-12 victory that sent them to a 3-0 series sweep in the Cherry-Silver series Thursday afternoon at Lobo Field.

In a game that saw 28 total hits and 29 runs exchanged, Cherry broke a 12-12 tie in the top of the sixth inning with two runs before Twichell's bomb sealed the win. Silver caught up after trailing 8-1 and 12-7 with two five-run frames in which they batted around. After Silver put up a five-run inning of its own in the third with five straight base runners and two-run singles from Twichell and Jacob Nelson, Silver answered with five tallies off four hits in the bottom of the third. A Rafael Neda first-pitch home run capped the scoring, driving in three runs to cut the Silver edge to 8-6.

With Cherry leading 12-7 entering the bottom of the fifth, Silver exploded for five more runs in much the same fashion, this time using a three-run homer from senior Adam Courcha to tie the game at 12-12.

Looking to secure the sweep, Cherry rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth before the three-run insurance inning in the seventh. The win went to Jason Oatman, who worked 2.2 innings of hitless relief while Zak Miller was saddled the loss surrendering five runs over the final two frames.

"Jason Oatman stepped it up with the relief work and is becoming the aggressive pitcher I want him to be," head coach Ray Birmingham said. "John Twichell is going to be a very special Lobo in the years to come. The underclassmen will be the nucleus that has greatness written all over it for the coming season. I see a lot of potential."

Besides Twichell, Chris Juarez reached base in four out of five of his at-bats, collecting two walks, a single, a double and scoring three runs. Daniel Gonzalez also provided three RBI in the Cherry's offensive barrage. Leading the Silver slugging was Neda with four RBI while Courcha and newcomer Kenny Held racked up three RBI.

Despite Cherry's clinch of the series, two more games are still on deck with game four starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Lobo Field and game five wrapping up the series at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.