March 3, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Daniel Stovall's perfect 4-for-4 night that included two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored led to the New Mexico baseball team's fifth straight win, topping Northern Colorado, 9-4. The Lobos, 10-4 overall, are now 5-0 under head coach Rich Alday against the Bears.
After stranding two runners in the first and second, sophomore Ian Hollick drove in the first run in the third on a long single to left. Sophomore Drew McDonald followed, bringing home Hollick and junior Matt Foote with another single to left. Freshman Chad Itokazu capped the inning with a triple to the gap in right center for a 4-0 Lobo lead.
The Bears cut the lead in half in the fourth, getting two runs on three hits, including a double from Josh Payne.
In the fourth, Stovall pushed the lead back to four with a double down the right field line and then increased it to 7-2, taking third on a wild pitch and then scoring on a wild pitch from UNC starter Chris Johns.
Northern Colorado got two more runs in the fifth on three singles to left but that was all their offense could produce, getting just three hits over the final four innings.
Stovall reversed his double in the fourth, sending one to right in the fifth for two insurance runs. Freshman Jordan Salazar closed out the game, allowing just two hits while striking out two in the final three innings.
Senior Nate Melek improved to 3-1, going 6 innings for eight hits, four earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Chris Johns (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing 11 hits, seven earned runs, four hits and three strikeouts in 4 innings.
Besides Stovall's production at the plate, Hollick was 2-for-3 while sophomore Jordan Pacheco and Jay Russell were both 2-for-4. Kevin Sandberg hit .667 (2-for-3) to lead Northern Colorado while Seth Tartler and Harris were 2-for-4.
The Lobos return to the field tomorrow against the Bears (3-8) at 5 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Tickets are just $1 for fans with a ticket stub from the New Mexico women's basketball game, which is vs. BYU at 2 p.m. at The Pit.