April 18, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The New Mexico baseball team slugged eight homers and 20 hits in cruising past Air Force, 18-6, Sunday afternoon at Falcon Field. A day after scoring a school-record 31 runs, UNM belted eight homers, which is second most in a single game in school history. Overall for the weekend, the Lobos tallied 59 runs, 63 hits and 17 homers in sweeping the Falcons. UNM has now won eight of its last nine Mountain West games to move into second place in the standings with an 11-4 record (15-19-1 overall), trailing only UNLV, who is at 11-3. The two teams will meet next weekend for a three-game series in Las Vegas.
Several Lobos turned in fine perfomances at the plate in the series finale. Catcher A.J. Spitaleri blasted two solo homers and went 4-for-5 with a career-high four runs, while Joe Salas had his third career multi-homer game with two homers to go along with four RBI, three hits and three runs.
Four other Lobos went deep, including Matt Young, Garrick Haymore, Josh Mader and Sean Murray. Mader smashed a two-run homer in the Lobo five-run third inning, giving the Lobos a 4-2 lead. Spitaleri led off the fourth with a solo homer, and Young followed with a two-run job in the same inning as the Lobos went up 8-2.
After not scoring in the fifth, New Mexico poured it on again in the sixth with four runs, including a three-run shot by Salas and a solo effort by Murray, putting the Lobos up 12-2.
UNM added two runs in the seventh before tallying four in the ninth. Spitaleri, Haymore and Salas all homered in the last frame for the final Lobo runs of the series.
Haymore went 3-for-5 in the contest with three runs and three RBI, Daniel Stovall collected three hits and an RBI, Ryan Barba delivered three hits and two runs and Young drove in three runs while scoring three times.
UNM starter Cooper Eddy evened his record at 3-3 with six solid innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts. Clayton Couch took the loss for Air Force (5-30, 0-11 MWC).
New Mexico returns to action with a three-game series at UNLV next weekend (April 23-25).