April 22, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico scored 10 runs in the fifth en route to a 17-8 victory over Utah in front of 4,685 fans as the Lobos hosted Pack the Park Saturday afternoon. The win makes UNM 26-13 overall and 8-4 in the Mountain West Conference, which ties the total wins the 2005 team produced.
Junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera came out flaming, scattering just three hits with two strikeouts, holding the Utes scoreless through four.
With runners at second and third and one out in the Lobos' half of the third, junior designated hitter Chris Carlson's flew out to center, driving in senior shortstop Ryan Barba. Junior first baseman Daniel Stovall followed with a RBI single to left, bringing home sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco.
Utah's Ryan Khoury, the MWC's top hitter with over a .420 average, tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth with a two-run home run to left field.
Junior left fielder Jay Russell led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left, forcing Utah to relieve starter Erik King with Brian Lane. Lane was rocked for seven earned runs on six hits without retiring a single batter. Brian Hedman came in as the Lobos reached the top of their lineup. Hedman walked two and then gave up a two-RBI single to Carlson before getting the next two batters to ground out and end the 10-run inning that put UNM up 12-2.
Herrera shut down the Utes, facing three in the sixth and seventh while his teammates added another run in each inning for a hefty 14-2 lead.
Khoury scored one run for Utah in the eighth on a sac fly following his one-out triple to right center. But back-to-back home runs by junior right fielder Chris Dabbs and Barba put three more runs on the board, running the tally to 17-3.
Freshman righty Drew Kendrick finished the game for New Mexico, allowing five runs on four hits, including a two-run home run to Khoury.
Herrera improved to 8-0 with a six-hit, three run performance, allowing just one walk with three strikeouts in 8 innings. King suffered the loss, giving up six hits, three runs (two earned) and three walks in 4 innings.
Barba finished the day a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with four runs scored, three RBI and two walks. Pacheco and sophomore catcher Drew McDonald both were 3-for-5 while Carlson went 2-for-4 with two runs and a team-high four RBI. Khoury led Utah, going 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBI.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Isotopes Park. A pair of righties, Utah's Lucas Trinnaman and senior Jesse Perez, are scheduled to start.