March 25, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Junior transfer John Hesketh got his first start of the season on Tuesday night as the University of New Mexico baseball team lost to New Mexico State, 15-2, at Isotopes Park. The Lobos are 13-10 on the season, while NMSU improved to 10-10.
It was the third game of the baseball portion of the Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry. UNM wrapped up the 2007-08 title in the rivalry competition last week when the Lobos took a doubleheader from the Aggies in Las Cruces on March 18. The Lobos lead the rivalry, 12-6.75, after tonight's game.
Hesketh (1-1) threw five solid innings before giving up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Over the first five innings, Hesketh held the Aggies scoreless, gave up just two hits and recorded six of his season-high seven strikeouts.
The Lobos took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when designated hitter Bobby Moore doubled in left fielder Matt Hibbitts. UNM held the lead for four more innings before the New Mexico State bats got hot.
The Aggies scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 12-1 lead.
UNM picked up its second run in the bottom of the seventh when second baseman Mike Brownstein drove in center fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez on a single to right field, 12-2. Cavazos-Galvez was the only Lobo to pick up two hits in the game with a single and a double.
NMSU tacked on three more runs in the top of the eighth on a three-run homer by Gavin Heinemann for the final, 15-2. Oliver Webster (1-1) picked up the win for the Aggies.
The two teams wrap up the 2008 series on Wednesday, March 26. Game time at Isotopes Park is set for 6 p.m.