March 28, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - San Diego State used 21 hits to defeat the New Mexico baseball team, 11-9, Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park. The Aztecs took two of three games in the series.
The Lobos collected 12 hits, including three each from Joe Salas and Sean Murray, but it wasn't enough as the Aztecs (15-18, 5-1 MWC) came back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Lobos (6-16-1, 3-3 MWC).
UNM quickly built a 5-0 lead with four runs in the first and one in the second. Salas, Murray and A.J. Spitaleri all delivered RBI hits in the inning. Ryan Barba hit his second homer of the season with a solo shot to right field in the second.
After the Lobos failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs in the third, the Aztecs began their comeback with three runs in the fourth. They trimmed the lead to 5-4 with a run in the fifth, but the Lobos went up 6-4 on a Daniel Stovall run-scoring double in the bottom of the inning.
SDSU tied the game with two runs in the sixth and went ahead for good with three more in the seventh. Aztec center fielder Landon Burt hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh and went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs in the game.
UNM cut the lead to 9-8 in the eighth on a sacrifice fly and an error by the Aztec third baseman.
The Aztecs responded with two runs in the ninth as catcher Brock Ungricht collected his fifth hit of the contest, a two-run triple to center.
Stovall drove in his second run of the game with a single in the ninth, but it was all Aztec reliever Scott Schroyer would allow, as he picked up his seventh save of the season.
Ben Coon pitched 6.1 innings of relief to improve to 4-0, while Karsten Gaarder (0-2) took the loss for UNM.
New Mexico returns to action this Tuesday, March 30 vs. New Mexico State at Isotopes Park, beginning at 6 p.m.