May 11, 2009
MORAGA, Calif. --- The University of New Mexico baseball team wrapped up its northern California road trip and the non-conference portion of the 2009 season with an 11-7 win over St. Mary's this afternoon at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga, Calif. The Lobos are now 34-18 overall, while St. Mary's is 28-27 on the season. 34 Lobo wins ties the 2008 wins mark and ranks seventh on the UNM wins list.
Right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez got things going for UNM in the second inning with the first of his game-leading five RBI. Cavazos-Galvez gave the Lobos a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to left center. The Gaels responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1-1.
The Lobos manufactured three runs in the third on back-to-back-to-back hits by Mike Brownstein, Max Willett and Ryan Honeycutt to build the lead to 4-1. Brownstein, making his 111th consecutive start as a Lobo, drove in catcher Adam Courcha on a single to center, then scored on a triple by Willett. Willett scored a batter later on a double by Honeycutt.
St. Mary's cut the Lobo lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth with two runs. But the Lobos built the lead back up with a run in the fifth, a Brownstein double to score shortstop Daniel Gonzalez, and a three-run home run by Cavazos-Galvez in the sixth, 8-3.
The Gaels added a run in the sixth, 8-4, and the teams traded runs in the seventh, 9-5.
New Mexico added two insurance runs in the ninth, 11-5, on a sacrifice fly by Cavazos-Galvez and a triple by Courcha. SMC tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the ninth for the final, 11-7.
Every Lobo starter got at least one of the team's 18 hits on the day with Brownstein and Justin Howard leading the way with three each. Willett, Honeycutt, Cavazos-Galvez, Courcha and Kevin Atkinson had two hits each.
New Mexico, currently in fourth place in the Mountain West Conference at 12-8, will finish the regular season at Air Force, May 14-16. The Lobos are involved in a variety of scenarios where they can finish at any position from first to fourth. For UNM to win the MWC title, the Lobos have to sweep Air Force, San Diego State has to lose at least one game to Utah, and TCU has to lose at least two games to UNLV. UNM, SDSU and TCU finish the regular season on the road. The first two seeds in the conference tournament receive a bye in the first round of the six-team championship event.