March 25, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dallas Baptist avoided the sweep, taking the final game of a three-game series, 10-2, against the New Mexico baseball team at Isotopes Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second, sophomore Ian Hollick doubled to the gap in left center with two outs for New Mexico's first hit of the game. Junior Chris Dabbs followed with a double to left of his own, driving in Hollick. Freshman Zach Arnett tried to even the score in the next at bat but shortstop Cody Montgomery reached up and pulled in the liner.
Montgomery added two more runs in the top of the third with a home run to left. Then he pushed the lead to 5-1 with an RBI single in the fifth.
The Patriots' starter, Jordan Craft, held the Lobos hitless in the fifth and reliever Ricky Sparks threw 3 hitless innings, allowing just one walk and striking out three.
Junior reliever Quentin Andes took over for right-handed starter, freshman Chace Lankford in the sixth, hurling 2 scoreless innings for three hits and two walks. But the Lobos' bullpen was roughed up in the eighth, giving up five runs on a three-run homer from Montgomery and a two-run bomb by Evan Bigley. Freshman Aaron Bates struck out Damian Gomez to end the inning but the game looked out of reach for New Mexico, trailing 10-1.
In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, freshman Chad Itokazu, pinch hitting for junior Matt Foote, doubled to left center, keeping the Lobos alive for Hollick. Hollick lined the ball back off the pitcher, Michael Gardner, who fell to the ground instantly. Garnder grabbed the ball and hurled it toward first but missed badly, allowing Itokazu to score.
Hollick led the Lobos at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Itokazu, Dabbs and junior Daniel Stovall provided the other five Lobo hits. Austin Krum was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and Montgomery finished 3-for-6 with six RBI and two runs scored. The Patriots outhit UNM 16-5.
Lankford (4-2) suffered his first loss as a starter, allowing seven hits, five runs and three walks with five strikeouts. Craft improved to 3-0, allowing just three hits, one run and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 innings.
New Mexico (17-8) heads to San Diego, Calif. to compete in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Tournament. The Lobos will take on San Diego State on Wednesday, Air Force on Thursday, BYU or Friday and Utah on Sunday.