May 7, 2004
PROVO, Utah - The New Mexico baseball team lost its first game of the season to BYU Friday night, falling 12-4 at Larry Miller Park. UNM (19-24-1, 15-8 Mountain West), who won the previous four contests this year against the Cougars, will look for the series win Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. in the season finale between the two teams.
BYU (20-26, 10-10 MWC) tallied 17 hits and scored 12 runs - although only six of them were earned.
The Lobos scored the game's first run on a Joe Salas RBI double in the top of the first, but the Cougars then built a 7-1 lead after four innings.
New Mexico cut the margin to 7-4 after plating three runs in the fifth, but it couldn't cut the lead any closer. BYU tacked on two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to pull away for the 12-4 win.
The Lobos only managed six hits in the contest. Josh Mader and Salas each collected two for UNM.
Cougar shortstop Brandon Taylor went 4-for-6 with six RBI and three runs scored, while right fielder Ben Saylor went 3-for-6 with three RBI.
Nick Lemon (2-3) struck out five and allowed four runs on four hits to pick up the win for BYU. Freshman lefty Danny Ray Herrera (3-6) surrendered seven runs - two earned - on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of action for UNM.
New Mexico and BYU will meet in the series finale tomorrow at 12 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at www.byucougars.com. To access, go to the baseball page, then click on the 2004 schedule, where a listing of games will be available.