March 12, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M - Junior All America candidate Rafael Neda went 3-for-6 at the plate with three RBIs and senior Daniel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 also with three RBIs to lead the Lobo baseball team to a 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech tonight at Isotopes Park. The Lobos were down 8-4 after an eight-run top of the third for the Bulldogs and then 10-4 after the top of the fourth. The Lobos got two runs in the bottom of the fourth, four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 10 and three in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead at 13-10. New Mexico improves to 10-5 on the season. Louisiana Tech falls to 8-5 on the season.
"One thing our team never does is panic," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "We know we can hit and score runs. We battled out there and we came out on top. This is a game of outs it's not a time clock. We have to get outs. We are getting better though."
The win also gives Birmingham his 899th career victory.
Led by Neda and Gonzalez, the Lobos produced 18 hits on the night. Senior Justin Howard continued his dominance of opposing pitchers going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a double. Howard is now hitting .485 on the season. Seniors Ryan Honeycutt and Chris Juarez went 2-for-6 and 2-for-4, respectively. Honeycutt drove home two RBIs, while Juarez had one. Freshman Alex Allbritton went 3-for-5 from the plate with two RBIs.
After a rough start the Lobo pitching staff settled in and gave up only one hit over the last five innings. Senior Edwin Carl (3-0) got the win for the Lobos and pitched 2.2 hitless innings and had three strikeouts. Sophomore closer Gera Sanchez retired the games final three batters to earn his third save of the season.
The Lobos will play a doubleheader with Louisiana Tech on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. MT. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.