April 9, 2004
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.
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.