Lobos Stifled By No. 16 UC Irvine, 12-1
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/27/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 27, 2008

Box Score |  April 27, 2008 - Lobo Baseball vs. UC Irvine 

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.

Starter Stephen Smith (4-2) lasted four innings, allowing six runs off eight hits. John Hesketh, Adam Skelton, and Daniel Grubbs combined to finish the game, surrendering six more runs on nine hits.

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.