Feb. 20, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team fell to Kent State, 15-3, on Opening Day Friday afternoon at Isotopes Park in the Ultimate Dugout Baseball Fiesta Tournament.
The Golden Flashes (1-1) used an eight-run fifth inning and collected 16 hits in the game to defeat the Lobos. KSU jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the third, but the Lobos also scored in the bottom of the inning on a Sean Murray (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) RBI double to right-center field that cut the lead to 3-1.
Kent State then scored eight runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach for UNM, capped by Kurt Eichorn's three-run double. The Flashes added two runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Junior center fielder Matt Young (Murphy, Texas) tied his career high with four hits in the contest, including an RBI triple in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth.
Andy Sonnanstine (1-0) struck out six and only allowed one run in six innings of work for Kent State. Junior Copper Eddy (West Des Moines, Iowa) took the loss for UNM in his Lobo debut.
No. 23 Nebraska toppled Northwestern in the first game of the tournament, 19-3.
The Ultimate Dugout Baseball Fiesta will resume Saturday at Isotopes Park. Northwestern and Kent State will meet in the day's first matchup at 10:30 a.m., while the Lobos will host No. 23 Nebraska at 2 p.m.