March 7, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sophomore second baseman Ryan Barba blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the New Mexico baseball team to a 6-3 win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park. It marks the first win for UNM in its new facility.
With the game tied at 2 and the bases loaded with two outs, the Gauchos (10-6) sent in reliever Alex McRobbie to halt the Lobo rally in the eighth. Barba had other ideas. He nailed McRobbie's first offering over the left-field wall for his first career homer, giving the Lobos the 6-2 lead. Barba, who also had a run-scoring single in the fifth, tied a career high with five RBI in the game.
Junior transfer Cooper Eddy (West Des Moines, Iowa/Tennessee Tech) earned his first win at UNM, firing a seven-hit complete game. Eddy (1-2) got stronger as the game went along, giving up only one hit in the last three innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters and walked just one.
Spitaleri, Mader and Sean Murray each collected two hits for UNM (2-9-1).
Ivan Ramirez (0-1) threw 1.1 innings in the loss for UCSB.
The Lobos return to action next weekend (March 12-14) to face TCU for a three-game series at Fort Worth, Texas.