May 10, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. --- University of New Mexico senior reliever Daniel Grubbs came in and shutout Stanford for six-plus innings, but the damage had been done as Stanford won 9-4 on Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. The Lobos are now 33-18 on the season, going into Monday's 1 p.m. (MDT) game at St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif. Stanford is now 25-21 on the season.
New Mexico got on the scoreboard first for the first time in the three-game series. Second baseman Mike Brownstein led off the game with a walk by Stanford starter Jeffrey Inman, who was taken out of the game for Max Fearnow. Brownstein stole his 18th base of the season, advanced to third on a Max Willett sacrifice bunt and scored on a Ryan Honeycutt ground out, 1-0.
Stanford took the lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run double by Toby Gerhart, 2-1. Lobo starter Ryan Escarcega (1-2) was able to get out of the inning before any more Cardinal crossed the plate.
But Stanford put together a seven-run inning in the second to jump out to a 9-1 lead. Grubbs came in part-way through the inning to slow down the run and get out of the Lobos out of the inning.
UNM added a run in the third when Brownstein scored on a Willett double to right center, 9-2.
That was the last of the offense for either team as Grubbs and the Stanford bullpen kept posting zeros on the scoreboard from the bottom of the fourth to the end of the game.
After the game at St. Mary's, the Lobos return to Mountain West Conference action with a three-game road series at Air Force to end the regular season.