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Lobo Baseball Tops Utah In 11 Innings, 7-4
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/09/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 9, 2004

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The New Mexico baseball team scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning to pull out a 7-4 win over Utah Friday afternoon at Ute Field. The Lobos, winners of five straight conference games, improve to 8-3 in league play (12-18-1), while the Utes fall to 2-7 (7-19 overall).

With the score knotted at 4 in the 11th, sophomore second baseman Ryan Barba cracked his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot to right field, to give the Lobos a 5-4 lead. UNM added insurance runs on run-scoring doubles by Josh Mader and Joe Salas, putting the Lobos up 7-4.

Salas, who entered as a reliever in the ninth after starting as the DH, struck out two batters in the bottom of the 11th and retired the Utes in order to earn his second win of the season. Salas (2-1) struck out six batters in his three innings while only allowing one hit. He also went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI.

Clay Westmoreland (2-4) pitched the final three innings for Utah in the losing effort, surrendering six hits and three runs.

UNM took an early 1-0 lead in the first on a Salas RBI single. Utah tied it in the second, but the Lobos went ahead 3-1 on another Salas RBI hit and a Sean Murray groundout in the third.

After the Utes scored a run in the fifth, Barba hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to put New Mexico back up two runs at 4-2. Barba went 2-for-4 in the game with two RBI.

Utah tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run Ryan Khoury homer.

The Lobos collected 14 hits in the contest, including three off the bat of freshman third baseman Jay Russell and two from Matt Young and Daniel Stovall.

Freshman Danny Ray Herrera threw six solid innings in the start for UNM, scattering nine hits and three strikeouts on four runs, three earned.

New Mexico and Utah complete the series tomorrow at 12 p.m.

Sunday, April 26
12:00 PM - 
Baseball
at Wichita State
Friday, May 01
6:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. Nevada
Saturday, May 02
2:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. Nevada
Sunday, May 03
1:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. Nevada
Tuesday, May 05
6:00 PM - 
Baseball
at New Mexico State
Friday, May 08
6:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. San Josť State
Saturday, May 09
2:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. San Josť State
Sunday, May 10
1:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. San Josť State
Tuesday, May 12
6:00 PM - 
Baseball
vs. Arizona State
Thursday, May 14
7:35 PM - 
Baseball
at Fresno State
Friday, May 15
7:35 PM - 
Baseball
at Fresno State
Saturday, May 16
2:05 PM - 
Baseball
at Fresno State
Wednesday, May 20
TBA - 
Baseball
at TBD
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