April 6, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- Senior Stephen Smith recorded a solid pitching performance for the Lobos on Sunday afternoon, but the University of New Mexico baseball team lost to San Diego State, 3-2, in 11 innings at Tony Gwynn Stadium. UNM is now 20-11 overall and 5-4 in Mountain West Conference action. SDSU is now 18-13, 6-3 in MWC play.
The Lobos got on the scoreboard first for the third game in a row against the Aztecs. First baseman Kevin Atkinson hit his fourth home run of the season in the top of the first, a shot to left field that also scored second baseman Mike Brownstein who walked to start the game, 2-0.
Smith, getting a no-decision in 8.1 innings of action, kept San Diego State off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth when he allowed just his first sacrifice fly of the season. Aztec right fielder Pat Colwell scored from third on the sac fly by Nick Romero, 2-1. Smith was able to get Garett Green to ground out to third to end the inning.
San Diego State tied the game up, 2-2, in the seventh when Troy Hanzawa singled in Brandon Decker. Smith got out of the inning, striking out Romero and getting Green to ground out.
Smith struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up two runs on eight hits before giving way to reliever Daniel Grubbs in the bottom of the ninth. Grubbs got the Lobos out of the inning with a strikeout and a ground out to Brownstein.
After giving up the home run to Atkinson in the first inning, Aztec starter Shane Kaufman threw 10 complete innings, striking out four Lobos, and giving up only three more hits and one additional walk.
Kaufman got the no-decision as well, while Grubbs (2-1) and Aztec reliever James McLaughlin battled into the 11th inning.
McLaughlin (3-0) got the win in the bottom of the 11th when Cowell hit a two-out single to center field to score Brett Tanos, 3-2.
The Lobos travel to Lubbock for two mid-week games against Texas Tech on April 8-9, before hosting the Air Force Academy in a three-game MWC series at Ricketts Field in Farmington, N.M. on April 11-13.