Feb. 24, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team claimed the victory in the inaugural meeting with Utah Valley State Friday night, 9-3. The Lobos downed the Wolverines with a team effort as every hitter in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit.
Junior Matt Foote stretched his career-high hitting streak to eight games in the first inning with an RBI single through the left side.
The Lobos held the 1-0 lead until the top of the third when Canyon Vance singled to center with the bases loaded, driving home Eli Slesk and Scott Croshaw. UVSC pushed the lead to 3-1 one inning later as Kade Boyer doubled down the right field line with Derrick Thomas at second.
New Mexico rallied in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three unearned runs on two errors. Sophomore Ian Hollick trotted home on an error by the center fielder. With two outs, sophomore Jordan Pacheco singled through the left side, driving in junior Chris Dabbs and sophomore Drew McDonald for a 4-3 lead.
Junior Daniel Stovall extended the lead to two in the fifth with a double to right field that allowed classmate Chris Carlson to score from first. Two outs later the Wolverines brought reliever Marcus Moore in, who was greeted with an RBI single from McDonald, giving UNM a 6-3 advantage.
Senior Nate Melek settled in after the fourth, allowing just three hits with one strikeout over his final four innings.
Stovall put the game out of UVSC's reach in the eighth with a double to center, picking up three RBIs as Pacheco, junior Jay Russell and Carlson scored.
Junior Damon Miller came in to close out the ninth, getting two groundouts and a strikeout.
Pacheco, Russell, Stovall and McDonald all recorded two hits in four at bats to lead New Mexico. Russell and Carlson scored a team-high two runs while Stovall topped the team in RBI with four. Vance and Dan Bulow led Utah Valley State, going 2-for-4.
With the win, Melek improved to 2-1 overall while Mickolio fell to 0-3. Melek allowed nine hits, three earned runs and one walk while striking out four in eight innings. The Lobos move to 6-4 overall while the Wolverines slide to 2-6.
The Lobos return to the field tomorrow at 4 p.m. vs. Utah Valley State. Tickets for the game are $1 with a ticket stub from the UNM men's basketball game vs. San Diego State, which is at The Pit at 1 p.m. Live stats are available via UNM's official athletic website: www.GoLobos.com. The game will also be broadcast live on KDEF 1150 AM and on the internet at the Lobos' official website.