April 1, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Coty Wilson each got a hit for the University of New Mexico baseball team as the Lobos took a 3-0 exhibition loss in seven-innings of regulation to the Albuquerque Isotopes on Tuesday night at Isotopes Park, the home field for both teams.
"It was a really good effort by our team tonight," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "A 3-0 ball game. Our kids threw strikes, played catch and played a really clean ball game. The crowd was outstanding. I think our marketing department did a great job and we can make it bigger and better."
Cavazos-Galvez, this week's Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, hit a double off of Scott Nestor to start the fifth inning and advanced the third on a ground out by Kevin Atkinson, the only Lobo to get past second base.
Wilson, pinch-hitting for Scott Gracey, hit a single off of Randy Williams to start the sixth.
The Lobos used seven pitchers in the game with each pitcher throwing one inning.
Starter Bobby LaFromboise gave up one run in the first when Alexis Gomez scored on a Tagg Bozied single. Eric Reed scored the Isotopes second run in the third off of Ryan Escarcega before Escarcega got Dallas McPherson to strike out looking to end the inning. Lee Mitchell hit a solo home run in the fourth off of Daniel Grubbs to give Albuquerque a 3-0 lead. Grubbs got Jai Miller to strike out and Chase Lambin to groundout to Mike Brownstein to end the inning.
"This was a good experience for our pitchers to see how effortlessly big leaguers play the game," continued Birmingham. "It reiterated everything I've been trying to teach them. The Isotopes are a great ball club. I'm a big fan of the club and they are great people who have treated us well."
Albuquerque picked up three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, giving the fans and both teams more game experience. The extra frame gave Gracey, the shortstop for five innings, a chance to pitch and several Isotopes one more at bat.
"I hope this will give us a bit of momentum going into our upcoming road trip," said Birmingham. "Playing on the road is hard. Playing who we have to play is hard. Right now we have a 58 RPI, which is the highest it has been in a long time."
The Lobos (18-10, 3-3 MWC) begin a five-game road swing to San Diego State and Texas Tech on Friday, April 4.