May 5, 2006
PROVO, Utah - The New Mexico baseball team fell in game one of a doubleheader at BYU, 10-6, extending its season-high losing streak to six games. The Lobos, 27-19 overall and 9-5 in the Mountain West Conference, pulled within a run twice but the Cougars would retaliate each time, matching them run-for-run whenever the Lobos scored.
Senior Nate Melek walked first baseman Jeff Hiestand with the bases loaded to start the first, giving BYU a 1-0 lead. A walk and two singles from Melek to start the third led to two more runs as Hiestand hit a sacrifice fly to center, putting the Cougars up 3-0.
Junior center fielder Matt Foote singled up the middle, the stole second and third, leading off the fourth. Foote scored on a single to center from right fielder Chris Dabbs, pulling the Lobos within two runs. But a double from shortstop Marcos Villezcas led to a run, putting the lead back at three.
Junior first baseman Daniel Stovall singled to right, driving in a run in the fifth. Freshman third baseman Dane Hamilton's two-out RBI single to left center brought UNM within a run at 4-3. However, catcher Casey Nelson singled to right center with the bases loaded, driving in the two runs to counteract the ones UNM scored.
Sophomore catcher Drew McDonald doubled to center with two outs in the seventh, driving in Foote and Stovall. Again holding a one-run lead (6-5), the Cougars found a way to score two runs, off-setting the two runs New Mexico had just scored.
BYU pulled away in the eighth, scoring two runs on three hits.
In the ninth, Foote reached on a three-base error by pitcher Jake Wortham and scored on a pinch-hit sac fly from freshman Max Willett. But Wortham struck out Dabbs to end the rally and earn his second save.
Jordan Muir improved to 6-0 with the win, allowing seven hits, five runs, five walks and five strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Melek (5-6) suffered the loss, giving up nine hits, six runs, four walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Foote was 2-for-5 with three runs scored while sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Five Cougars tallied two hits each while Hiestand and Nelson drove in a team-high two runs apiece.
Game two of the series is the nightcap of a doubleheader, beginning approximately 30 minutes after game one.