UNM Baseball Annual Cherry Silver Series Kicks Off
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/25/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 25, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team has begun its annual Cherry-Silver Series with the first game having taken place yesterday morning at Lobo Field. UNM Silver staked claim to the first game of the three game series by defeating the UNM Cherry, 9-5.

This year the Cherry-Silver Series will be a three game series with each game lasting seven innings. There is a lot at stake for Lobos on both sides, as the culmination of the series will determine the final roster for the 2012 season. Head coach Ray Birmingham and his staff will closely observe the action and pick the squad that will make a run at the 2012 Mountain West Championship.

Seniors-to-be Kyle 'Beep' Stiner and Ben Woodchick are the respective player-coaches of the team, with Woodchick managing the Silver and Stiner managing the Cherry.

Jake Nelson got the start for the Silver and Selby Brummett was on the bump for the Cherry. Nelson had himself a very nice outing, giving up just one run on five hits to go along with two strikeouts in three innings of work. Brummett didn't do as well as his counterpart, surrendering four runs on six hits in his three innings of work.

From the start, it was evident neither coach wanted to lose the game, as both Stiner and Woodchick blasted home runs for their teams. Woodchick's was a solo shot in the fourth and Stiner's was a two-run bomb in the fourth.

Woodchick's Silver squad used the middle innings to build its lead and never looked back. The Silver scored three runs in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth, giving them a solid 8-3 lead with just two innings left to play.

Woodchick and Nelson had big days for the silver team. Woodchick went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and an RBI. Nelson was equally impressive at the plate as he was on the mound, finishing his day a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored.

Stiner, Logan Lippert and newcomer Josh Melendez were the studs for the Cherry team. Stiner finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Lippert went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Melendez finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

Cherry tried their best to put together a rally in the final inning. Melendez led off the seventh with a double and was driven in on the next play by a Lippert single, closing Silver's lead to 9-5. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the Cherry, as Silver held on for the win, 9-5.

Game two is slated to take place at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow at Lobo Field. Game Three of the series will be at 9:15 a.m. on Friday. Austin House is the probable starter for the Silver and newcomer Sam Wolff should start for the Cherry in Wednesday's game.