May 2, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif.--Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda went 4-for-6 with six RBIs to lead the Lobos to an 20-8 victory over San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium today. The Lobos' 20 runs are the most allowed by the Aztecs this season. The Lobos scored 11 runs and went 10-19 (.526) with two outs. New Mexico improves to 30-15 on the season and 12-5 in Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos have reached the 30-win mark in all three seasons under head coach Ray Birmingham. San Diego State falls to 22-23 and 7-8.
"Great offense by the Lobos," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "It's a battle everyday out there. That is that attitude that Lobo baseball has. The Lobos fight, scratch and claw our way to victory. We have some of the best hitters in the country in this lineup.
Neda led the Lobos at the plate with his ninth and tenth home runs of the season. He also added two singles. Senior Justin Howard tied a school record with four doubles in a single game. Howard tied Joe Salas, who hit four doubles on April 17, 2003.
Sophomore Ben Woodchick went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Seniors Chris Juarez, Daniel Gonzalez and Max Willett each got two hits. Juarez knocked in two RBIs and Gonzalez and Willet each had one.
New Mexico jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the top of the second. All six runs were scored with two outs in the second. The Lobos scored at least two runs in every inning except the first and third. New Mexico got six runs in the second, two in the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth and three in the fifth and the ninth. SDSU got eight runs off 10 hits and scored in third, fifth, seventh and ninth.
Junior Kenny Toves (4-1) picked up the win throwing six innings with five strikeouts. Toves gave up five runs on five hits.
The Lobos will host league-leading TCU this Friday-Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live in 101.7 FM The TEAM. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.