March 27, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Down 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team rallied with five runs on seven hits to defeat the San Diego State Aztecs 8-5 at Isotopes Park today. Five Lobo batters recorded multiple-hit games at the plate. The Lobos are up 2-0 in the three-game series with the Aztecs and are now 16-9 on the season and 3-2 in Mountain West Conference play. San Diego State falls to 9-13 and 0-2.
"It was a good pitching performance out there by Willy Kesler," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "We've taken two from San Diego State and we need to take three. This league is going to be a battle. We just have to keep playing the way we are playing and keep picking up wins."
Senior Cameron Smith led off the bottom of the seventh for the Lobos with a single up the middle. Senior Max Willett laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Smith to second base. Freshman Alex Allbritton and senior Daniel Gonzalez each hit back-to-back singles. Allbritton's single throught the right side scored Smith from second base and tied the game at four. With Allbritton on second and Gonzalez on first, senior Adam Courcha hit a hard shot right at and through Aztec second baseman Jordan Van Hoosier to score Allbritton from second and advanced Gonzalez to third making the score, 5-4. Senior Justin Howard then legged out a ground ball to the third baseman for an infield hit that scored Gonzalez from third, advanced Courcha to second and made the score, 6-4. Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda singled into left center that drove in Courcha from third and advanced Howard to third. Junior Ryan Honeycutt knocked in the Lobos final run of the inning with a single up the middle that scored Howard from third to make the score 8-4.
The Aztecs put up one run in the top of the ninth to make the final score 8-5.
Senior Edwin Carl (4-1) pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, gave up two hits and picked up his fourth win of the season.
Lobo starter senior Willy Kesler went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs while striking out five Aztec batters.
Gonzalez led the Lobos at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs. Allbritton went 3-for-4 on the day with on RBI. Honeycutt went 3-for-5 on the day with one RBI and now has a batting average of .404 on the season. Howard extended his hitting streak this season to 25 games. He currently holds the nations second-longest active streak at 26 games dating back to May 21, 2009. Neda went 2-for-3 on the day with one RBI. Courcha went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Lobos will look to sweep the Aztecs in game-three of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live by 101.7 (KQTM) The TEAM. Scott Galetti and former Lobo baseball player Pete Henderson will call the action live from Isotopes Park. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.