April 15, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Senior catcher Drew McDonald picked up two hits and knocked in three runs, but the University of New Mexico baseball team lost to Arizona, 10-6, on Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. The Lobos are now 24-13 overall, while the Wildcats are 21-11.
"Our kids competed tonight," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "I was proud of John Hesketh tonight. He has thrown well in his last two outings. Talking to Baseball America today, the discussion was if we can take some games against Arizona and UC Irvine, we have a shot at the NCAA Tournament."
The game started out as a pitcher's duel for three innings between Lobo starter John Hesketh (2-3) and U of A starter Mike Colla (3-2). Hesketh gave up the lone run between the two teams in the top of the second, a solo home run to center fielder T.J. Steele, 1-0.
Bryce Ortega hit a solo homer to start the fifth, cutting the Lobo lead to 3-2.
Hesketh threw a solid five innings, but gave up two singles and a walk to start the sixth. Brandon Hewett came in to relieve Hesketh and the Wildcats capitalized on the transition walking a run in, 4-3. Arizona catcher Dwight Childs followed the walk with a grand slam home run to take the lead, 7-4. Hewett buckled down and got the next seven Wildcats out.
The Wildcats added three more runs in the ninth, 10-4.
But the Lobos fought back in the ninth. McDonald hit a double to score Hollick, then scored three batters later on a Mike Brownstein single, 10-6. McDonald finished the game 2-of-4 from the plate with two runs scored and three RBI.
The teams wrap up the Albuquerque portion of the 2008 series on Wednesday, April 16. Game time is set for noon at Isotopes Park.