May 24, 2006
New Mexico won its first MWC Tournament opening round game since 2001 (7-4 vs. Utah). The Lobos are now 3-4 in their first game of MWC Tournaments. UNLV is now 4-2 in opening round tournament contests as members of the Mountain West (the Rebels had a first round bye in 2005).
The Lobos snapped an eight-game losing streak vs. the Rebels with tonight's win. The Rebels averaged over 13 runs per game in those eight wins, but were held to two runs tonight. UNM averaged 10.6 runs per contest in the previous eight games vs. UNLV.
The No. 5 seed now holds a 3-1 advantage over the No. 4 seed in MWC Tournament play. In opening round games, the fifth-seed is now 5-2, while the fourth-seed is 1-6. Overall, the No. 5 seed is 7-12 in the MWC Championship, while the fourth-seed falls to 4-13 all-time.
MWC Co-Pitcher of the Year Danny Ray Herrera moved his record to 10-0 on the season with his victory over the Rebels tonight. In his 8.0 innings of work, Herrera gave up one earned run and struck out seven batters, while scattering five hits and walking only one.
The last time UNLV gave up 17 runs in a game was April 16, 2004, when they defeated Utah, 19-17.
New Mexico scored at least 17 runs in a game for the sixth time this season.
UNLV had four errors vs. New Mexico, all of which came in the second inning, setting a new MWC Tournament record for errors in an inning.
The Rebels' 17-2 loss to the Lobos marks the largest margin of defeat in MWC Championship history for UNLV. The previous largest margin of defeat for UNLV was five runs in a 7-2 loss to BYU in last year's tournament.
New Mexico's Chris Carlson batted .300 vs. UNLV in his previous three games vs. UNLV this season and went 5-for-6 tonight, setting a new career-high for hits in a game and falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He hit a grand slam and a three-run homer, while tallying seven RBI and three runs scored. Carlson's seven RBI ties the MWC Tournament record for RBI in a single game. Carlson now has four multi-homer games this season (six for his career).
Matt Foote went 4-for-6 vs. the Rebels, tying his career-high for hits in a game, which was set earlier this season.
Ryan Kowalski led the UNLV offense going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.