Feb. 21, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The University of New Mexico baseball team plated 26 runs and collected 28 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park, 4-1 and 22-1.
Right-hand pitcher Travis Dirk (1-0) tossed six solid innings for the Lobos in Game One. Dirk allowed only four hits and one run while fanning seven.
The Lobos (2-1) struck first in the bottom of the third. Centerfielder Cameron Monger and shortstop Daniel Gonzalez led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Senior Mike Brownstein laid down a textbook bunt to advance the pair. Senior Dane Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly to left to give UNM the 1-0 advantage.
After the Islanders (1-2) plated a run in the top of the fifth, the Lobos countered with two more in the bottom frame. With one out, Brownstein slashed a double to right to score Gonzalez, who doubled one batter earlier. Brownstein would score with another Hamilton sacrifice fly to up the score 3-1. UNM added one in the bottom of the sixth with a Rafael Neda home run to center field for a 4-1 UNM edge.
UNM scored early and often in Game Two. With a 2-0 lead already intact, the Lobos laid it on in the bottom of the third. The UNM frame finished up with nine runs, four triples, seven hits and 13 batters. Brownstein scored two runs with a triple and a walk while Hamilton and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each had a single and a double. The four triples for UNM tied an NCAA record for triples in an inning, tying three other programs. Wichita State last completed the feat in 1983.
UNM struck for eight more in the fourth, using four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles by Brownstein and Hamilton to take a commanding 19-1 lead. New Mexico would add three in the eighth to make the final score 22-1.
Starter John Hesketh picked up the win with five innings of work. Hesketh (1-0) allowed only one run, a solo homer to Stephen Flora, and fanned five en route to the win. Freshmen Gabe Aguilar, Rudy Jaramillo and Brett Haggerty and sophomore transfer Kenny Toves each chipped in an inning of relief.
Hamilton went a collective 4-for-7 on the day with six RBI, including four in Game Two. Brownstein led the way with five hits.
"I knew yesterday wasn't anywhere close to who we are and we have to just keep going," Lobos head coach Ray Birmingham said. "The pitching has been good now for 26 innings. A bunch of guys are still getting acclimated."
The Lobos have accumulated 10 triples in the first three games of the season, just one short of their non-conference total in 2008 of 11. UNM had a total of 25 triples in 2008.
The Lobos wrap up the series with a 12 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Isotopes Park.