March 8, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Ryan Honeycutt and Brian Cavazos-Galvez combined for seven hits and five RBI as the University of New Mexico (13-2) completed their second consecutive weekend sweep with a 13-3 victory over Binghamton (1-6) Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park. The Lobos wrapped up the four-game series with 66 runs and 77 hits.
The Lobos took an early 2-0 lead. Second baseman Mike Brownstein hit an infield single and advanced to second on a Max Willett groundout. Rafael Neda slashed a single to right to plate Brownstein. Honeycutt followed with a double off the wall in right.
The Bearcats responded with two in the second and one in the third to take a 3-2 advantage.
With two runners on in the bottom of the fourth, Kevin Atkinson used an RBI bunt single to knot the score at 3-3, scoring Honeycutt who had led off with a double to right. Designated hitter Justin Howard followed with an RBI groundout and Mike Brownstein singled to right center two batters later to plate Atkinson and give UNM a 5-3 lead.
The Lobos tacked on one in the fifth thanks to a run-scoring triple off the bat of Cavazos-Galvez to up the score 6-3.
Honeycutt collected his third double of the game in the bottom of the seventh, a two-run shot to right and scored via an Atkinson single to make it 9-3. In the eighth, Brownstein used his third single of the game to spark another UNM rally. Willett gave the Lobos runners on second and third with a double to left. Adam Courcha, who entered the game in the top of the eighth, responded with a two-run single and scored when the Bearcats misplayed Cameron Monger's groundout to short. Cavazos-Galvez sent Monger home with a triple to left center, 13-3.
Lefty Jason Oatman (2-1) picked up the win after relieving starter Kenny Toves in the fifth and pitching two scoreless innings. Cole White contributed two innings of scoreless relief. The junior transfer has tossed 11.2 innings with 17 strikeouts and two hits. Senior Daniel Grubbs threw 14 pitches in the ninth to finish the game. Grubbs also remains scoreless over seven innings of work.
Binghamton starter Mike Augliera (0-2) was saddled with the loss after going five innings giving up 10 hits and six runs. Third baseman Kyle Klee was the only Bearcat with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Honeycutt finished 4-for-4 with three doubles and maintains a .595 average on the season. Cavazos-Galvez, Atkinson and Courcha chipped in two RBI apiece.
The Lobos host Rio Grande rival New Mexico State Tuesday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at Isotopes Park before opening conference play at home against Air Force on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m.