Nov. 2, 2010
By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Cherry team pounded out 16 hits and kept the error column clean to claim a decisive 11-2 game one win on Tuesday afternoon in the University of New Mexico's annual Cherry-Silver Series.
Freshman D.J. Peterson led the Cherry team and all batters with an impressive afternoon at the plate. Peterson was 3-for-5, hitting two doubles and one homerun. Peterson also tallied four RBI and scored three runs.
"It's a new experience," Peterson said of his first Cherry-Silver Series. "It's competitive and it's fun."
Head coach Ray Birmingham was impressed with game one, noting this was the first time the annual fall series has opened with such a commanding win.
He was especially pleased with the performance of Peterson and junior transfer Kyle Stiner.
"The biggest thing I saw with Peterson was his first big hit was an opposite field hit off the wall in right field," said Birmingham. "He's going to be good."
Stiner, a transfer from Paradise Valley Community College, was key in the Cherry offense, going 4-for-5, including one double, and scoring two runs.
"Peterson and Stiner are two new additions to the team who are going to hit the middle of our lineup and they're probably going to hit a high average," Birmingham said. "It is encouraging to see."
Trey Porras was also an offensive force for the Cherry team. The junior was 2-for-4, recording a triple and tallying two RBI. Porras also scored two runs and had one stolen base.
On the mound for the Cherry was junior Gera Sanchez. The right-hander faced 24 batters in six innings, striking out 10 and only allowing five hits.
Sanchez was pleased but humble about his exceptional performance, giving credit to his teammates.
"I prepared to pitch well today and it felt good to do so," he said. "But my defense did a really nice job backing me up."
Birmingham gave Sanchez a wealth of praise.
"I think Gera Sanchez has grown as a player and has turned into a tremendous pitcher," Birmingham said. "He pitched really well. They were lucky to get two runs off of him."
Leading the Silver team on offense was Alex Allbritton. The sophomore went 1-for-3 and scored one run. Freshman Cody Doyle and sophomore transfer Landon Joost each had one RBI apiece.
Junior Rudy Jaramillo threw 5.1 innings for the Silver team. The lefty faced 29 batters and struck out three. Freshman Ronnie Galosic pitched for two innings, striking out one.
The Cherry-Silver three game series continues on Wednesday and Thursday at Lobo Field with games starting at 2 p.m.