April 16, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda went 2-for-5 with two, two-run home runs and tied a career-high with five RBIs to lead the Lobos to a 13-3 victory over Coppin State today at Isotopes Park. Freshman Bobby Mares scattered five hits over five innings to pick up his third win of the season. The Lobos improve to 22-13 on the season. Coppin State falls to 11-18.
"I pushed our kids today to play the game right," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. We want to play this game right because it's the best game on the planet. If you're a Lobo baseball player you're going to play this game hard. Come to the yard everyday expecting to win and play hard. We pitched great at times and that's what we need to do."
The Lobo offense exploded for 13 runs on 17 hits, with five Lobo batters recording multi-hit games. New Mexico scored one run in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Neda led the Lobos at the plate and has had multiple home run games in the last two games at Isotopes Park. He now has seven home runs on the season. Neda has multiple home runs in three games this season.
"I was sitting on a pitch for my first home run," said Neda. "I was lucky that I was able to get it out. All of our pitchers made an adjustment after the first inning. I think Bobby relaxed after the first inning and went out there and went after their hitters."
Senior Justin Howard was 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs scored. Howard climbed back above .400 and is now hitting .406. Senior Cameron Smith was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one home run. Freshman John Michael Twichell also went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Senior Max Willett went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Mares (3-0) had a bit of a rough start giving up one run on three hits in the top of the first. The freshman from El Paso, Texas gave up only two hits the rest of the way in route to the third victory of his career.
The Lobos face the Eagles in game two of a three-game series on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Isotopes Park. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.