March 8, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --- Junior Willy Kesler picked up his third win of the season for the Lobos as New Mexico beat Northern Iowa, 10-2, today in the second round of the Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis. Kesler is now 3-0 on the season as the Lobos improved to 8-4.
In the sixth inning, the Lobos added three runs on a bases-loaded double by Scott Gracey, 6-0, to score Drew McDonald, Hollick, and Dane Hamilton. Atkinson and McDonald led the Lobos with two hits each.
Northern Iowa (4-6) snuck in two runs in the top of the seventh on a Brett Featherston two-run home run off reliever Clinton Cox, cutting the Lobo lead to 6-2. Cox got two ground outs to stop the Panthers offense.
The Lobos added four more runs over the seventh and eighth innings to preserve the win for Kesler. Taylor Sinclair (1-1) look the loss for UNI.
Kesler gave up only two hits over five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out a season-high eight batters. Brandon Hewett finished the game with two innings of no-hit, no-run ball. The Lobo staff only walked one batter on the day for the second game in a row.
The Lobos wrap up the Metrodome Tournament on Sunday, March 9, at 11 a.m. against #18/#26 California.