March 5, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico baseball team extended its win streak to seven games and swept the series with Northern Colorado on Sunday at Isotopes Park, clobbering the Bears 19-6. The Lobos, 12-4 overall, collected over 20 hits for the second consecutive game with 21.
Through three innings, UNM held a 5-0 lead thanks to seven hits, including a two-RBI double and a RBI single from junior Chris Carlson. Freshman Chace Lankford, getting his second consecutive Sunday start, also held the Bears' scoreless, scattering just two hits with two strikeouts.
UNC got back in the game in the fourth with a double to center field from Josh Payne, that drove in Grady Gorman. But four runs in the bottom of the inning, including a two-run bomb from junior Daniel Stovall, extended the Lobos' lead to 9-1.
Still, the Bears refused to go quitely, clawing their way back from an eight run deficit, putting four unanswered runs on the board between the fifth and sixth innings. The final two runs in the sixth came on a two-out single up the middle from Zach Harris, leaving them down by four (9-5).
Freshman Chad Itokazu brought the Lobos back to life, throwing a hitless seventh inning with a stikeout. The UNM offense responded in the bottom of the inning with seven runs on six hits, giving UNM its biggest lead at 10 (16-6). Junior Jay Russell picked up two RBI in the inning with a single to left center and Carlson homered off the scoreboard in the next at bat for two more runs.
Northern Colorado scored one more run in the eighth but a three-spot from the Lobos put the game away.
Carlson, just a triple shy of the going for the cycle, hit .800 (4-for-5) with five RBI and two runs scored to lead the Lobos. Stovall also had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. Gorman and Harris led the Bears, going 4-for-5 and 3-for-5, respectively.
Lankford improved to 3-1 with the win. He allowed six hits, two runs and three walks while striking out four in 5 innings. Seth Gilleland, a Moriarty, N.M. native, suffered the loss. Gilleland gave up nine runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 innings.
The Lobos wrap up their season series with New Mexico State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park. The Lobos currently hold a 2-1 edge but the Aggies won the lone game in Albuquerque (Feb. 21, 2006).