Feb. 26, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team beat Utah Valley State, 9-6, this afternoon, completing their first series sweep of the 2006 season. The Lobos, now 8-4 overall, are off to their best start since 1993, when they started 9-3. It is also the second best start under the leadership of head coach Rich Alday.
Two singles and a double in the first gave New Mexico a 2-0 lead but Utah Valley State fired back, putting four on the board in the top of the second.
Freshman Chace Lankford, getting his first collegiate start, needed only 11 pitches in the fifth to record three outs. Junior Quentin Andes relieved Lankford in the sixth and held the Wolverines hitless, picking up a strikeout as well.
Junior Daniel Stovall led off the bottom of the sixth with a bomb over the left field fence. With two outs and runners at second and third, freshman pinch hitter Max Willett flied out to right for the sacrifice as Foote scored for a 7-4 lead.
The Lobos and Wolverines traded a run in the seventh and eighth, setting up junior Damon Miller for the save in the ninth. With one out, Miller walked Adam Openshaw on four straight pitches to give UVSC a glimmer of hope. But a diving grab to his right from sophomore Jordan Pacheco set up the double play as he flipped to senior Ryan Barba. Barba got the out a second and fired over to Carlson at first for the final out of the game.
Lankford earned the win, improving to 2-1, allowing five hits, four earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts in 5 innings. Miller grabbed his second save of the season with a hitless, scoreless 1 innings. UVSC's Kyle Tash suffered his first loss of the season (2-1), giving up nine hits, six earned runs and two walks in 5 innings.
Pacheco and Foote led the Lobos at the plate, going 3-for-4. Carlson was 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBI and his team-leading fifth home run of the season. Openshaw led the Wolverines, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Lobos head down to Las Cruces for a single game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. They return home March 3, setting up a 13-game homestand that stretches through March 25.