April 27, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico baseball team fell 12-1 to No. 16 UC Irvine (28-10) Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park to drop to 27-19.
"That is a very good baseball team we just played today. I think they were fourth after the World Series least year, and deservedly so, and they have a very good chance of doing the same thing again," Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham said. "That is what we want to do. This was a good lesson for a junior college coach new to NCAA Division I to learn. I am going to make some adjustments, but I will make those at the end of the season. Right now our deal is to win the Mountain West."
The Lobos were out-hit 17-6, with second baseman Mike Brownstein collecting two of those hits. UNM took an early 1-0 lead when Brownstein blasted a 2-0 offering over the left field fence to start the game. The home run would be the only run for the Lobos.
The Anteaters plated two in the third off a two-run single from Dillon Bell to grab the lead, 2-1. UC Irvine used a five-hit, five-run fifth to take a commanding 7-1 lead. UCI center fielder Ollie Linton led off with a solo shot and was followed two batters later by a two-run homer from Bell, who finished the game with five RBI. The Anteaters put up two more runs in the inning thanks to an RBI double from Casey Stevenson and a run-scoring single from Eric Deragisch.
UC Irvine added one in the sixth and four in the ninth to blow the game open, 12-1, and complete the series sweep of the Lobos.
The win went to UCI starter Daniel Bibona (6-2), who held the Lobos scoreless through the seventh after the first inning Brownstein home run.
The Lobos will hit the road next for a Mountain West Conference match-up against BYU. The first game of the series is set for Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.