May 1, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshman left-hander Rudy Jaramillo recorded a complete game, holding the UNLV Rebels (23-23, 7-9 MWC) to four runs, in an 8-4 series-opening win for the University of New Mexico baseball team (32-14, 12-6 MWC). Jaramillo (3-0) notched his first win as a starter and is the first Lobo starter to throw all nine innings this season. He tied a season-high with six strikeouts while allowing no walks. Only two of the 12 hits Jaramillo surrendered were extra-base knocks, and he ended seven innings with either a strikeout or double play - four with strikeouts, three with double plays.
The Lobos trailed 3-1 entering the fifth, but batted around to score five runs and claim the advantage, 6-3. With one out, UNM pieced together four straight hits and seven straight batters reached base. Mike Brownstein and Max Willett knotted the score with back-to-back run-scoring singles at the top of the lineup. Ryan Honeycutt connected on a first pitch offering for his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left that gave the Lobos the go-ahead runs. The Lobos would tack on one more with an RBI single from Brian Cavazos-Galvez that plated Rafael Neda, who also singled two batters earlier.
UNM added one run in the sixth and the seventh to supply Jaramillo with a cushion. Honeycutt collected his third RBI of the day with a single to score Brownstein from second. Brownstein reached base in his first four plate appearances with two singles, a double and a walk. Adam Courcha capped the Lobo scoring with an RBI single in the seventh, plating Cavazos-Galvez.
Jaramillo's complete game is the first since April 13, 2008, when Stephen Smith went the distance for the Lobos against Air Force.
The series continues on Saturday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. (MDT). Get to Isotopes Park a little early to partake in pre-game Senior Day ceremonies.