May 10, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- For the second game in a row the University of New Mexico baseball team came from behind to beat UNLV, this time 7-4 on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. Junior right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez became the second Lobo in two days to hit a game-winning triple to give UNM the lead for good. Cavazos-Galvez finished the game 1-for-4 with a run scored, a sacrifice fly and three RBI.
Second baseman Mike Brownstein walked in the first plate appearance of the game, advanced on a triple by third baseman Ian Hollick, then scored on a groundout by left fielder Matt Hibbitts, 1-0. Cavazos-Galvez picked up his first RBI one batter later on a sacrifice fly that scored Hollick, Friday night's hero, 2-0.
Brownstein picked up the first of his team-high three hits in the second inning to drive in Rafael Neda, 3-0.
UNLV took a 4-3 lead over the next four innings, chipping away with one run each in the third and fifth innings before taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by Neda and a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Resnick.
In the top of the seventh, Hollick walked for the first time in the game, followed by a single by Hibbitts with two outs. Cavazos-Galvez tripled to left field to score Hollick and Hibbitts to take the lead, 5-4. Cavazos-Galvez scored on the next at-bat, a double by Kevin Atkinson to up the lead to 6-4.
UNM added a run in the top of the eighth when Adam Courcha scored on a Brownstein single, 7-4.
After a rough outing at BYU last week, Lobo starter Jacob Norton (6-4) picked up his sixth win of the season, throwing six innings, walking two, striking out three, and allowing four runs, two unearned, on nine hits. Reliever Will Kerr shut down the Rebels over the final three innings to earn his first save of the season, striking out four and giving up only three hits. Marc Baca (1-4) took the loss for UNLV.
The Lobos improve to 31-20 overall and 15-5 in Mountain West Conference action, just one win away from tying TCU for the league lead. UNM will wrap up the series at UNLV (20-31, 8-12) on Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. (MDT).