April 8, 2006
SAN DIEGO - Junior south paw Danny Ray Herrera threw a five-hit complete game, matching his career high in strikeouts (9), to remain undefeated at 6-0 in the Lobos 8-2 win over San Diego State. The win moves New Mexico to 19-11 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West Conference and ends a season-long three-game losing streak.
Sophomore Jordan Pacheco gave the Lobos a 3-0 lead in the second, belting a home run with two on and two out. A double in the fourth and sixth from San Diego State plated two runs, pulling the Aztecs within one (3-2).
Junior Jay Russell led off the eighth with a single through the left side and scored on junior Chris Carlson's eighth home run of the season. Juniors Daniel Stovall and Matt Foote followed with singles into the outfield and then scored off of sophomore Ian Hollick's sacrifice bunt, which resulted in two SDSU errors. Hollick scored the fifth run of the inning on a single to center from sophomore Drew McDonald.
San Diego State, trailing 8-2 to start the bottom of the eighth, got runners at first and second with no outs thanks to two singles. Herrera silenced the Aztecs' rally, fanning Paul Smyth and Brock Ungricht to end the inning. In the ninth, Herrera sealed with game with another strikeout, getting Lance Zawadzki swinging.
Carlson led New Mexico at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Pacheco drove in a team-high three runs. San Diego State, which got hits from five different players, was led by Smyth, who was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Overall, UNM outhit SDSU 7-5.
Bruce Billings suffered the loss, allowing two hits, three runs, four walks and five strikeouts in 6 innings. Herrera's line finished with five hits, two runs, two walks and nine strikeouts in 9 innings.
The series concludes tomorrow at Tony Gwynn Stadium with a 1 p.m. game.