March 22, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team used a seven-run bottom of the third and 21 overall hits to complete a weekend sweep of Northwestern, 13-4, Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park. UNM has won nine in a row with an overall record of 22-3, matching the best start for the program since 1973.
The Lobos trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the third, but did what they do best by putting up a crooked number, this time with seven runs and seven hits. Senior Max Willett led off with a single up the middle before Dane Hamilton was plunked with an 0-2 pitch to give sophomore Ryan Honeycutt runners on first and second. Honeycutt tied it up with an RBI single to right field, 2-2.
Seniors Kevin Atkinson and Brian Cavazos-Galvez followed with back-to-back run-scoring single to put the Lobos up 4-2. After catcher Rafael Neda was issued a free pass to load the bases, Justin Howard sent two more home with a single to left. Mike Brownstein followed suit two batters later with a two-run shot up the middle. The Lobos sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning before coming away with the 8-2 lead.
New Mexico extended the lead to 10-2 with two more tallies in the bottom of the fourth. Howard laced a double to left field to score Neda, who reached with his third walk in a row. Brownstein pushed a first pitch single through the middle to score Howard.
Northwestern (4-14) added two in the top of the sixth before Brownstein picked up his fourth RBI and fourth single in the bottom of the eighth, driving in Daniel Gonzalez, who led off the inning with a triple to deep right center. After stealing second, Brownstein would score via a double from Dane Hamilton. Honeycutt made it 13-4 with a single to right to plate Hamilton.
Edwin Carl notched his first win of the season after relieving starter Jason Oatman in the top of the third. Carl (1-0) went two innings, allowing only one hit. Rudy Jaramillo entered in the fifth for shutout inning of work before Willy Kesler made his season-debut in the top of the sixth.
The loss went to Northwestern's Matt Diedrich (0-1), who surrendered seven runs on five hits in two-thirds of work.
Kesler, who was sidelined on March 29, 2008, from an emergency appendectomy followed by Tommy John surgery appeared solid despite allowing three hits.
Six Lobos-Brownstein, Willett, Hamilton, Honeycutt, Atkinson and Howard- all recorded multiple hits. Atkinson match Brownstein in hits with four of his own, while Howard matched Brownstein in the RBI category with four.
Brownstein combined for 15 hits, nine RBI and four stolen bases over the four-game series, while Atkinson, who went a torrid 7-for-10 in two games against No.3 Texas A&M, collected nine hits, including three home runs, and six RBI over the weekend.
The Lobos return to Mountain West Conference action on Thursday, March 26, hosting BYU at Isotopes Park at 6 p.m.