April 18, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--Max Willet collected five RBI on two hits, including his fourth home run of the year and the University of New Mexico baseball team displayed its offensive muscle defeating conference foe San Diego State 12-4 on Saturday night at Isotopes Park. The Lobos, 29-11 overall, and Aztecs, 26-14, share a 9-5 record in the Mountain West Conference standings.
The Aztecs struck for two in the top of the fourth, but the damage could have been a lot worse for Lobo starter Edwin Carl, who loaded the bases with no outs. Carl used three pitches to strike out Brandon Meredith. Mitch Blackburn followed with a two-run double, putting Aztec runners on second and third. Carl managed a pop up and a groundout to get out of the inning with the Lobo lead still in place, 3-2.
UNM upped the score in their portion of the fourth, putting up four runs. A Hamilton walk, Brian Cavazos-Galvez double and Kevin Atkinson hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Lobos with no outs. After two strikeouts, second baseman Mike Brownstein lined a double up the middle to plate Hamilton and Cavazos-Galvez. Willett followed suit, doubling to center, to add two more for a 7-2 UNM lead.
Willett gave the Lobos even more breathing room two innings later, smashing a three-run, two-out shot to left field to make it 10-2. The blast, his fourth of the season, scored Adam Courcha and Daniel Gonzalez, who each singled earlier in the inning. A run-scoring double by Cavazos-Galvez and an Atkinson RBI single in the seventh added two for a 12-2 UNM cushion.
San Diego State's only real chance of getting back in the game came in the eighth. The Aztecs scored a run with two outs on an error which prolonged the inning and allowed them to score another and load the bases. Reliever Kenny Toves, who entered in the fifth, gave way to Will Kerr. Kerr ended the potential threat, striking out Brandon Decker, who had three hits already.
Toves (2-0) picked up the win, with Carl supplying a strong starting effort. Toves pitched three innings with two runs, neither of which were earned, and five hits. Carl went 4.2 innings in his fourth start this season, allowed six hits and two runs with three strikeouts. Kerr chipped in with a scoreless, hitless 1.1 innings of work.
While Willett led the way in the RBI department at five, Brownstein and Hamilton picked up two apiece. Four Lobos - Brownstein, Willett, Cavazos-Galvez and Gonzalez - had two hits and UNM finished with 12.
The Lobos go for the series win on Sunday, April 19, with a 12 p.m. start at Isotopes Park. Freshman lefty Rudy Jaramillo will take the mound for his second start of the season.