March 23, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With two outs and runners on first and second, sophomore Jordan Pacheco doubled onto the hill in center, driving in freshman Chad Itokazu for the 10-9 win over Dallas Baptist Thursday night at Isotopes Park.
Pacheco started the scoring in the first, drawing a lead off walk and then stole second. All it took was a single to center from junior Jay Russell for Pacheco to score. But a two-out walk followed by a triple form Jereme Goldschmeding evened the game at 1 in the top of the second.
Two walks, two singles and a double in the third led to four New Mexico runs. The Patriots put three of their own on the board in the top of the fourth thanks to a home run from Evan Bigley and a triple from Cody Montgomery. One inning later, Drew Holder tied the game at 5 with a lead off home run.
Russell started the fifth with an 0-2 single to right and then stole second before advancing to third as junior Daniel Stovall reached on an error. A wild pitch from DBU reliever Ricky Sparks brought Russell across the plate. Sophomore Ian Hollick doubled and sophomore Drew McDonald singled, adding two more runs for an 8-5 UNM lead.
The Patriots fought back, scoring two in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the game at 9. Dallas Baptist almost took the lead in the eighth with two outs but Israel Victor sent it right back to junior reliever Damon Miller, who tossed it to McDonald for the final out at home.
Miller masterfully handled the ninth and 10th, allowing just one hit on 14 pitches. DBU reliever Stuart Sutherland also performed well, holding New Mexico hitless in the eighth and ninth while striking out four.
But Sutherland suffered the loss in the 10th after walking Itokazu with two outs. Sutherland was almost out of the inning without any damage done when senior Ryan Barba reached on an error by Goldschmeding, who couldn't cleanly field the ball as it rolled through his legs. With Barba on base, the batting order went back to the top, bringing Pacheco to the plate.
Miller earned the win, hurling 2.1 innings for just one hit. Senior starter Nate Melek went 5 innings for seven hits, five runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Sutherland's line finished with 2.2 innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run and one walk with five strikeouts. DBU starter Rodney Brantley went 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits, eight runs (six earned), four walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate, Russell and McDonald led the team in hits, going 3-for-5 each. Pacheco, Russell and Itokazu all scored two runs while Russell and junior Daniel Stovall drove in a team-high two runs. Victor went 4-for-5 with three RBI while Goldschmeding was 3-for-6 for Dallas Baptist.
The Lobos (16-7) and Patriots (17-9) return to the field tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park.