April 4, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team scored first but the Albuquerque Isotopes scored more thanks to a five-run third inning that lifted them to a 6-2 win over the Lobos in the exhibition game played at Isotopes Park Tuesday night.
Junior center fielder Matt Foote got the Lobos started in the top of the first with a one-out chopper to short. Foote moved to third on a double from junior first baseman Chris Carlson and then scored on a grounder from sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick.
Senior Jesse Perez, making his first start of the season, looked like a pro, allowing just one hit in 2 innings.
The Isotopes finally came alive in the third, plating five runs on five hits, including a grand slam from first baseman Jason Stokes. With the bases loaded and one out, designated hitter Mike Kinkade lined out to senior shortstop Ryan Barba. Barba flipped to sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco, turning the double play at second, catching third baseman Jason Wood to far off the bag.
One inning later, catcher Tom Wilson led off with a triple and scored on a single to left from shortstop Drew Niles for a 6-1 lead.
With one out in the sixth, Foote singled through the left side to stay perfect at the plate. Foote, who was caught stealing to end the third, swiped second and scored on a double from Carlson.
Foote completed the evening 3-for-3, scoring both of New Mexico's runs. Carlson was 2-for-3 with a RBI. For the 'Topes, Niles was the only player with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.
Yuseiro Petit earned the win, allowing one hit while striking out one in 1 inning. Junior Quentin Andes suffered the loss, allowing five hits, five earned runs and three walks in 1/3 of an inning. Junior Damon Miller threw a hitless inning and recorded the Lobos' only strikeout of the night. Miller fanned center fielder Mark Little to end the seventh.
The Lobos return to Mountain West Conference action this weekend, visiting San Diego State for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m PT. The Lobos return to Isotopes Park Thursday, April 13 for a doubleheader vs. Air Force at 2 p.m.