April 7, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team fell to 18-11 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain West Conference with a 10-4 loss to San Diego State Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The loss, the third straight for the Lobos, is the longest losing streak for the team this season.
Junior Daniel Stovall put New Mexico up 2-0 in the first, belting a two-run home run with junior Chris Carlson on and two outs. But senior Nate Melek surrendered two straight singles to lead off the second and Curt Mendoza homered to give SDSU a 3-2 lead.
With one out and one on in the third, the Aztecs' Tim O'Brien homered, extending the lead to three. With two outs, Melek gave up three consecutive singles to Brock Ungricht, Lance Zawadzki and Mendoza, which led to another SDSU run.
Ungricht led off the fifth with a single and scored on a fielder's choice as senior Ryan Barba went to sophomore Jordan Pacheco covering second for the force. San Diego State increased its lead to 10-2 in the sixth thanks to a two-RBI triple from Paul Smyth and a sacrifice fly from Ungricht.
Aztec starter Justin Masterson, who picked up the win after allowing just two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts, was relieved by Jared Suwyn to start the ninth. Suwyn froze the first batter he faced but put runners at first and second, walking sophomores Ian Hollick and Drew McDonald, respectively. Junior Chris Dabbs loaded the bases for Barba with a single to left and Barba singled up the middle to bring home Hollick.
Having seen enough, SDSU head coach Tony Gwynn yanked Suwyn, sending Mark Triolo to the mound to face Pacheco. Pacheco flied out to center for the second out but hit it deep enough for McDonald to score. Triolo ended the game with the next batter, getting junior Jay Russell to line out to second.
The Aztecs outhit the Lobos 13-8, with five of UNM's hits coming from Carlson and Stovall. Carlson finished the night 3-for-4 with a run scored while Stovall went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Ungricht led SDSU, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI. Nick Romero, Smyth, Zawadski and Mendoza were all 2-for-4.
Melek suffered the loss, allowing a season-high 13 hits for 10 runs. He walked two and struck out six in 5.1 innings. Junior Quentin Andes threw 2.2 hitless innings in relief, striking out one.
The series resumes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. matinee. Undefeated junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera (5-0) is slated to pitch against righty Bruce Billings (1-2).