May 8, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. --- The Canadian duo of John Hesketh and Will Kerr combined for eight scoreless innings as the University of New Mexico baseball team stopped Stanford, 7-1 at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday night. New Mexico improved to 33-16 overall, while Stanford is 23-21 on the season.
Kerr, a senior from Vancouver, B.C., recorded his strongest performance of the 2009 season, throwing five scoreless innings in relief of the starter, Hesketh, for his first decision of the season. Kerr (1-0) tied his UNM career record with five strikeouts and gave up just three hits and two walks in his 20th relief appearance of the season.
Hesketh, a senior from Langley, B.C., made his Mountain West Conference leading 13th start of the season. Joey August hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the first to give Stanford a 1-0 lead, but Hesketh would not allow another Cardinal across home plate for 3.2 innings. In the second and third innings, Hesketh was able to get out of bases-loaded, two-out jams by getting Stanford to pop up to third baseman Kevin Atkinson and ground out to shortstop Daniel Gonzalez.
For the 38th time in 2009, the Lobos offense was able to put double-digit hits on the scoreboard with 10. It was the 33rd time UNM has scored 6 or more runs this season.
The Lobos got the offense going in the second inning when first baseman Justin Howard stroked a double to center field to drive in catcher Rafael Neda. Howard would score the go-ahead run one batter later on an Adam Courcha single to right center, 2-1.
Honeycutt, the designated hitter for the Lobos, picked up his game-leading second RBI in the fifth when he drove in second baseman Mike Brownstein on a sacrifice fly to right field, 4-1.
Brownstein would cross home plate two more times, on a Neda single in the seventh, 4-1, and on a wild pitch in the ninth, 6-1. Pinch runner Cameron Monger scored on an Atkinson sacrifice bunt for the final 7-1.
Neda led the Lobos with three hits on the night and got on base four times with a walk. Brownstein, Courcha and Howard added two hits each.
With the career series between New Mexico and Stanford tied at 1-1, the teams will face each other again at 2 p.m. (MDT) on Saturday, May 9, a much shorter timespan than the 37-year gap between the first two games of the series. Stanford beat UNM, 7-6 in Palo Alto in 1972.