Twichell Ignites Lobos Early; UNM Blitzes UTSA 13-6
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/04/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 4, 2011

Box Score

Designated hitter John Michael Twichell's three-run homer capped a five-run first inning as the Lobos got their first win of the season, ripping Texas-San Antonio 13-6. UNM is 1-8. The Roadrunners fall to 5-6.

The Lobos and UTSA play a doubleheader Saturday at noon at Isotopes Park. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team.

New Mexico jumped all over UTSA starter Taylor Walton (2-1) today as five batters crossed the plate before he retired a batter.

Entering today's game, Walton had not allowed a run in 2011, covering two starts and 11 innings. The Lobos tagged Walton for 13 hits and 11 runs in 6-plus innings.

UNM started the game with consecutive singles by RF Ben Woodchick, 2B Kyle Stiner and 1B DJ Peterson to put a run on the board. Cleanup hitter Mitchell Garver doubled home Stiner before Twichell's liner cleared the right-field wall.

Twichell's homer was the first by a Lobo this season.

"There were runners on second and third, so I was just trying to pull the ball to the right side," said Twichell. "It was a fastball low and in. I think the wind got behind it."

UNM made it 8-0 after two innings on Garver's two-run single and an RBI groundout by Twichell.

Twichell finished with four RBIs and two runs scored.

The Lobos' early offensive outburst - it was 9-1 after three innings - was more than enough for starter Gera Sanchez (1-2).

The right-hander from Las Cruces, N.M., was nasty early. Through six innings, he had allowed just two runs while striking out nine.

Sanchez, however, pitched himself into trouble in the seventh. UTSA produced consecutive singles with one out. Sanchez then plunked back-to-back hitters to bring in a run. He also forced in a run with a walk before giving way to Austin House with two outs. House gave up a two-run single before getting out of the inning.

Of the 20 outs Sanchez recorded, half were strikeouts. He was charged with six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, New Mexico answered with four runs of its own with some help from the Roadrunners. UNM only got one hit, but two walks and two UTSA errors led to three unearned runs.

"It's a step in the right direction," said head coach Ray Birmingham of the team's first win of the season. "We worked on being more aggressive and we made good outs with runners in scoring position. We moved forward against a good team."

Peterson got two hits and knocked in three for the Lobos. Garver had three hits and scored twice. Woodchick was 2-for-5 with two runs scored while CF Sam Wilson knocked in two with a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly.