May 21, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the second straight game UNLV collected 17 hits, but Friday afternoon it came away with a crucial 13-4 victory over the New Mexico baseball team at Isotopes Park. The Lobos (19-10), who beat the Rebels 14-12 on Thursday, are now one game back of UNLV (20-9) in the MWC standings heading into Saturday's regular season finale. The Lobos can still claim a share of the Mountain West regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a win tomorrow and a San Diego State loss at Utah either on Friday or Saturday. UNM would own the tiebreaker over the Rebels with a 4-2 advantage in the season series.
UNLV (33-21 overall) dominated the game right from the start, building a 7-0 lead after two innings with four runs in the first and three in the second. The Rebels knocked out UNM starter Danny Ray Herrera (3-7) in the second inning.
The Lobos (23-27-1 overall) got one back in the third on a Matt Foote RBI double. After another UNLV run in the top of the fourth, Joe Salas and Daniel Stovall each hit solo homers in the bottom half of the inning to make it 8-3. It was Salas' 38th career homer, which ties him for third all-time at UNM.
The Rebels went up 10-3 in the fifth on Zeke Parraz's two-run single. Parraz went 4-for-5 with four RBI in the game.
New Mexico scored its final run of the game on a Matt Young RBI triple down the right-field line in the sixth. Young now has 11 triples this season, which is tied for third most in one year at UNM.
Lefty Jake Vose improved to 10-3 for the season after firing seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.
Young and Foote each had two hits for the Lobos.
The two teams will meet in the series finale tomorrow afternoon at Isotopes Park with the first pitch scheduled for noon. Before the game, the ninth-annual Ambrose Alday Dugout Cookout will take place outside the stadium, featuring 50-cent hot dogs and sodas. All tickets for the game are only $2.