March 2, 2008
SAN MARCOS, Texas --- A walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning by Texas State's Paul Goldschmidt ended New Mexico's undefeated start to the season, 8-7. The Lobos will take their 7-1 record into Tempe, Ariz., on March 4 and 5 to face No. 1 Arizona State, then finish their current 8-game road trip at the Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Lobos continue to get double-digit hits, but timely hitting in the late innings by Texas State (4-3) negated a 7-4 seventh inning Lobo lead.
Starter Stephen Smith kept the Bobcat bats silent for five innings, only allowing two hits and one unearned run, before TSU batters launched two home runs in the bottom of the sixth to close the Lobos lead to 5-4.
Lobo relief pitchers struggled to keep Texas State off the board. Scott Gracey moved to the mound from shortstop to start the bottom of the ninth with a 7-6 lead, but a passed ball put the tying run on third. Ben Theriot hit a two-out single to score the runner, Laurn Randell, and tie the game at seven.
Gracey held off the Bobcats in the 10th and got the first out of the 11th before Goldschmidt ended the game with the solo home run. Gracey is just 0-1 on the young season from the mound. The Albuquerque native was 1-of-4 from the plate with two RBI in the game.
Four Lobos had multi-hit games, including Mike Brownstein, Rafael Neda, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez with three each. Seniors Matt Hibbitts and Drew McDonald struggled from the plate, going a combined 0-9, ending Hibbitts' hit streak at 20 games and McDonald's at seven. McDonald was able to drive in two runs on sacrifice flies in the first and seventh innings.
Kyle Gembler (1-0) picked up the win for Texas State in an inning of relief. The Bobcat relievers held the Lobos scoreless with three hits over 4.1 innings.