April 29, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. --- Seniors Mike Brownstein and Kevin Atkinson had three hits and one RBI each as the University of New Mexico baseball team lost to Nebraska, 9-5, at Hawks Field in Lincoln on Wednesday afternoon. New Mexico drops to 31-14 on the season, as Nebraska improved to 21-23-1.
For the second day in a row, the Lobos took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brownstein was hit by a pitch to start the game, got around to third on a Max Willett double and scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Ryan Honeycutt, 1-0. Willett scored the Lobos second run of the inning on a bunt single by Atkinson.
Right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth to build the Lobo lead to 3-0.
Starter Ryan Escarcega held the Huskers scoreless for four innings before leaving in the fifth inning and allowing Nebraska's first run, 3-1.
New Mexico picked up another run in the sixth on a single by Brownstein to drive in first baseman Justin Howard and take a 4-1 lead. Defensively, Howard started the game at first base in place of Atkinson. Atkinson moved to third base in place of Dane Hamilton, who suffered a broken thumb in Tuesday night's game.
The Huskers put together six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off of Lobo relievers Kenny Toves, Will Kerr, Gabe Aguilar (2-1), and Clinton Cox to take over the lead 7-4. The Lobos gave up one more run each in the seventh and eighth for a 9-4 Nebraska lead.
Catcher Rafael Neda tried to get the Lobos going in the ninth with a solo home run to lead off the inning, 9-5, but UNM could not get any more runners across home plate.
The Lobos return to Albuquerque for their final home series of the season on May 1-3 against UNLV. Friday's game is set for noon at Isotopes Park, with Saturday's Senior Day beginning at 1:30, also at Isotopes Park. Sunday's home finale will be at Lobo Field at noon.