March 30, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team used a 10-run sixth inning to rally from a 9-3 deficit and defeat New Mexico State, 17-13, Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. Junior Matt Young led the Lobos by going 4-for-6, including a career-high six RBI, a two-run homer and a two-run triple. The game, which lasted over three and a half hours, featured five homers, 12 pitchers, 26 hits and 30 runs.
Down 9-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Lobos (7-16-1) exploded for 10 runs on four hits and two costly Aggie errors. Young drove in the first runs of the inning with a two-run single to make it 9-5. The Lobos then took advantage of an error by Aggie third baseman Adrian Ballesteros - his first of the season - that brought home Ryan Barba. UNM took the lead for good on a Joe Salas grand slam that was belted deep to center field, giving the Lobos a 10-9 advantage. After another Ballesteros error that should have ended the inning, Jeff Grady stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second, and made the Aggies pay as he hit team-leading fourth homer of the season. The three-run shot made it 13-9 in favor of UNM.
NMSU (22-8-1) bounced back, cutting the lead to 13-12 on Billy Becher's three-run homer in the top of the seventh, his 17th dinger of the season. The Aggies wouldn't get any closer however, as Sean Murray doubled down the left-field line in the bottom of the inning to drive in two more UNM runs.
The slugfest continued as NMSU's Emory Davies hit his sixth tater of the season in the eighth, but once again the Lobos answered, this time on Young's two-run homer to center.
Darren Coltrinari (1-1) earned his first win of the season by pitching two innings of relief. Brian Gausman (4-2) took the loss for the Aggies.
New Mexico State built an early lead with four runs in the top of the first. Salas drove in a run in the second, but the Aggies scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to take the 9-3 lead. Young hit his two-run triple in the fourth for the Lobos.
New Mexico returns to action for a three-game set with BYU this weekend (April 1-3) at Isotopes Park. The first game is set for Thursday, April 1, beginning at 6 p.m.