May 22, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Sophomore Ben Woodchick scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning and sophomore Gabe Aguilar pitched final 2.2 innings without giving up a hit to give the Lobos a 7-6 victory over Utah at Spring Mobile Ballpark today. Utah reliever Stephen Streich walked Woodchick to lead off the ninth and allowed him to advance to second on a wild pitch. A ground out from junior Rafael Neda moved Woodchick to third base. Junior Ryan Honeycutt struckout swinging but reached first on Streich's second wild pitch of the inning and allowed Woodchick to score from third. The Lobos close out the regular season with a record of 35-18 and went 14-8 in Mountain West Conference play. The Utes finish the 2010 regular season with a record of 22-26 and 10-13.
"Gabe Aguilar was a stud out there today," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "Gabe pitched his butt off and shut down some great hitters. Alex Allbritton made one of the best defensive plays of season just minutes after coming into the ballgame. Alex's catch probably saved the game for us."
The Lobos took an early 4-0 lead after two and a half innings. The Utes came fighting back and tied the game up at four in the sixth. In the top of the seventh the Lobos got two runs off and RBI triple by Honeycutt and and an error by Utah's third baseman Nick Kuroczko that scored Honeycutt from third base. The Utes tied the game again, this time at six with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Woodchick scored what would prove to be the winning run in the top of the ninth.
Honeycutt lead the Lobos at the plate going 2-for-5 with two RBIs, two one run scored and one triple. Howard also was 2-for-5 with one RBI. Seniors Daniel Gonzalez and Chris Juarez went 3-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively. Gonzalez scored one run.
Sophomore Gabe Aguilar picked up his first win of the season and the first MWC win of his career. Aguilar pitched 2.2 innings of hitless baseball with two strikeouts.
The Lobos will head to the Mountain West Conference Tournament in San Diego, Calif. with the No. 2 seed in hand. The rest of the tournament standings will be released later tonight by the conference. The Lobos will receive a first round bye and play on Wednesday, May 26 against an opponent and at a time to be named later. All MWC Tournament games will be televised live on The Mountain Sports Network and all Lobo games will be broadcast live on 101.7 FM The Team. Scott Galetti will call all the action from Tony Gwynn Stadium. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.