April 16, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The New Mexico baseball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally from a 5-2 deficit and defeat Air Force, 10-5, Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Lobos have won six of their last seven Mountain West games to improve to 9-4 in league play (13-19-1 overall), while the Falcons fall to 5-28 (0-9 MWC).
Down 5-2 in the seventh, UNM exploded for six runs in the top of the inning to take an 8-5 lead. A.J. Spitaleri started the scoring with an RBI single, and after the Lobos loaded the bases, leftfielder Garrick Haymore tied the game with a two-run single. Josh Mader kept the momentum going on the next at-bat, blasting a double that plated two more runs. Mader scored the inning's final run on an error by Falcon catcher Jon Polston.
The Lobos tacked on two more runs with two solo homers in the eighth and ninth innings. Daniel Stovall led off the eighth with a smash to left-center, and Mader followed in the ninth with a dinger to centerfield. Mader, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI, now has four homers and 15 RBI in his last 11 games.
Stovall went a season-best 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs and Spitaleri tied a season high with three hits.
Junior right-hander Jason Fernandez upped his record to 4-1 in Mountain West games, giving up five runs, four earned, in six innings of work. Fernandez (5-3) struck out four and scattered nine hits. Blake Nixon (0-6) took the loss for Air Force.
New Mexico took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings. Matt Foote nailed an RBI single in the second to score Stovall, while Matt Young hit his second homer of the season in the third, a solo shot to left-center.
Air Force bounced back in the middle innings to take a three-run lead. The Falcons tied the game with an unearned run in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. In the fifth, Nathan DeRohan hit a two-run tater to give the Falcons the 4-2 lead. The Cadets added a single run in the fifth for the 5-2 advantage.
New Mexico and Air Force return to action tomorrow for game two of the series, beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday's finale is set for 12 p.m.