March 1, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico baseball team concluded a series sweep with a 10-8 win over Northern Colorado Sunday at Isotopes Park. The Lobos improve to 8-2 while the Bears fall to 4-4.
New Mexico jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Second baseman Mike Brownstein led off the bottom of the first with an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, third baseman Dane Hamilton laced a double to right field to plate Brownstein and give UNM the 1-0 advantage.
In the second inning, left fielder Ryan Honeycutt continued to swing a hot bat, belting a solo shot to the opposite field for his second home run as a Lobo. Brownstein provided an RBI groundout to score right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez later in the inning.
Northern Colorado knotted the score at 3-3 with three runs in the top of the third, but New Mexico responded with three of their own in the bottom frame. With two runners aboard, Honeycutt poked a single to right to plate Rafael Neda. Cavazos-Galvez followed suit with an RBI-double down the left field line. Gonzalez capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center to score Honeycutt, putting UNM up 6-3.
The Bears claimed the lead in the top of the fourth with a five-run frame, 8-6, but New Mexico would have none of it. The Lobos scored one in the fourth via a Neda single to cut the lead to one, 8-7. Gonzalez pushed two more runs across in the fifth with a two-run single through the right side to take back the lead, 9-8. Cavazos-Galvez picked up his third hit with an RBI single in the eighth to give the Lobos breathing room, 10-8.
The Lobo bullpen continued to impress. Rudy Jaramillo, Cole White and Clinton Cox pitched five innings of scoreless relief. Jaramillo, a freshman from Chandler, Ariz., picked up his first collegiate win, while White fanned five in 2.2 innings and Cox earned his third save.
Hamilton, Honeycutt and Cavazos-Galvez each finished with three hits. Honeycutt leads the Lobos in batting on the season with a .583 clip and collected two RBI on Sunday.
"Northern Colorado is a team that beat Arizona State and Texas A&M last year. This isn't exactly the greatest team in the world, but they also aren't the worst team in the world," Lobos head coach Ray Birmingham said. "They compete. When they made mistakes, we made them pay and that is what we have to do. You have to go out and do your job. We needed a close game. We need diversity to get better."
The Lobos will head to Las Cruces for a one-game Rio Grande Rivalry duel at New Mexico State on Tuesday, March 3, before returning home for a four-game series with Binghamton starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6.