March 22, 2011
Lobo Men's Baseball - At Isotopes Park
Tuesday: Lobos 16, Binghamton 2 (7 innings)
Wednesday: 1 p.m., Binghamton at Lobos
Up Next: UNLV at Lobos -- Fri-Sat-Sun - Isotopes Park
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ALBUQUERQUE -- In a chilly and windy evening in Isotopes Park, the New Mexico Lobos probably got out a few frustrations created by going against a number of bullies on the baseball block.
The Lobos did it by being bullies. They also did it by jumping on the Binghamton Bearcats hard and early, scoring 16 runs in the first three innings on the way to a 16-2 romp.
"We did what we are supposed to do," said Lobo coach Ray Birmingham. "We are trying to play the game the right way and continue to raise puppies to play the game the right way.
"(Binghamton) is a team that wins its conference every year and this is a team that goes to regionals every year. They brought in a guy at the end who's pretty good, but they are on a long road trip and their pitching staff is stretched."
The Lobos rolled out five runs in the first inning, a massive nine in the second inning, and two more in the bottom of the third. The game was called after the top of the seventh handing the Lobos back-to-back wins for second time this season.
The 5-15 Lobos look to make it three straight at 1 p.m. Wednesday when the Bearcats return to Isotopes Park. The Lobos also are looking to stay hot and ride some momentum into an important three-game Mountain West series that begins Friday against UNLV at Isotopes Park.
This was a feel-good win for a young Lobo teams that had been thrown into the fire by an aggressive schedule. "(Binghamton) is a good team, but it's not the caliber of teams we've been playing," said Birmingham.
Several Lobos fattened their stats early on Bearcat pitching, but UNM did not score in the fourth, fifth or sixth - not that it mattered. Kyle Stiner went 3-for-5 scoring three runs. Jacob Nelson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Cody Doyle had three RBIs, and Mitch Garver had two hits and two RBIs.
DJ Peterson had the most impressive outing going 3-of-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
"The game went well," said Peterson. "Sam (Wilson) pitched good and everybody hit today. We had been struggling a little bit with the bats so getting good at-bats and getting good hits definitely helps get the confidence going."
Wilson picked up the win going five innings and striking out six while giving up four hits and a run. Wilson lost his shutout when he didn't cover first base on a grounder. Ronnie Galosic came in to mop up.
"I thought the team did really good and anytime you get a lot of runs behind you it's pretty easy to go out there and pitch," said Wilson. "You just need to throw strikes."
The Lobos outhit the Bearcats 15-to-5 and UNM had no errors to four for Binghamton (4-10).