March 13, 2010
ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M. - Senior Daniel Gonzalez had a pair of walk-off hits to lead New Mexico to 15-14 and 7-6 extra-inning victories over Louisiana Tech today at Isotopes Park. Gonzalez went 5-for-10 from the plate with six RBIs on the day. The game one win marked the 900th career victory for Birmingham. Not one to settle, Birmingham picked up win No. 901 in game two's 7-6 extra-inning win. Birmingham has an overall record of 901-378-2 (.703) and is 83-50 as the Lobos head coach. A pair of wins improves the Lobos' record to 12-5 on the season. Louisiana Tech falls to 8-7 on the season.
"It was Daniel Gonzalez day at the ballpark today," said Birmingham. "Daniel has a hot bat. This was a team effort. This is a `we' and `us' deal and we have to do it together or its not going to happen."
With the score knotted up at eight in the top of the tenth inning of game one, Louisiana Tech got six runs to make the score 14-8. The Lobos answered in a big way getting seven runs off seven hits culminated by Gonzalez's two out walk-off single that made the score, 15-14.
In game two it was more of the same. Gonzalez was up with a runner in scoring position and again came through for the Lobos. Senior Cameron Smith doubled to deep left-center to lead off the Lobo half of the tenth inning. Gonzalez smoked a single up the middle and scored Smith from second to be the hero again and make the score 7-6.
Sophomore Eric Baalman (1-0) pitched one inning giving up one run on two hits to earn the first win of his Division I career in game one.
Senior Richard Olson had his longest outing of the season going 7.2 innings and striking out a career high, seven batters in game two.
The Lobos will host the Bulldogs in the four-game series finale on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT. Sunday's game will be broadcast live by 101.7 FM (KQTM) The TEAM from Isotopes Park. Scott Galetti and KQTM president Joe O'Neill will call the action. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.