May 6, 2006
PROVO, Utah - Fed up with the big-run innings BYU put up against them the last two games, New Mexico tapped the Cougars for seven runs in the second, four in the third and three in the fifth en route to a 15-4 win. The win saves the Lobos (28-20, 10-6 MWC) from a series sweep and ends a nasty seven-game losing streak.
In the second junior center fielder Matt Foote led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a double to right by junior right fielder Chris Dabbs that fielder Ben Saylor dove for and just missed. BYU pitcher Patrick Wells walked sophomore catcher Drew McDonald to load the bases. After getting a strikeout, Wells surrendered a bases-clearing triple to senior shortstop Ryan Barba followed by a RBI double to sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco that bounced off the fence in left. A two-out double by Stovall to the warning track down the right line drove in Pacheco and then junior designate hitter Chris Carlson cleared the bases with his 19th home run of the season.
Freshman third baseman Dane Hamilton started a four-run third, doubling down the right field line, driving in McDonald. Pacheco drove in Hamilton with a soft liner to shallow center and scored in the next at bat as junior left fielder Jay Russell doubled to the gap in right center. Stovall brought in Russell with a single to center, running the tally to 11-0.
In the fifth, New Mexico added three more runs for a 14-0 lead off of three singles, one from Barba, Russell and Stovall.
Junior Danny Ray Herrera, who had only allowed two hits through the first four innings, worked into a jam after giving up three hits in the fifth. Dabbs, Hamilton and McDonald bailed him out as BYU made a mistake running the bases. With runners at first and second and two outs, shortstop Marcos Villezcas singled to Dabbs in right, who scooped it up and hurled it to Hamilton at third. Hamilton, realizing two runners were at third, chased the leading runner toward home and flipped it to McDonald, who tagged the runner out at the plate.
Herrera's shutout ended in the seventh, surrendering two runs. BYU scored one more in the eighth and ninth but it wasn't nearly enough, giving Herrera his ninth win of the season. Herrera line finished at 8 innings pitched, nine hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and eight strikeouts. Freshman Brandon Hewett threw an inning of relief, allowing two hits, one run and one strikeout. Wells suffered the loss, giving up six hits, seven runs, two walks and a strikeout in 1.2 innings.
Stovall led New Mexico at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored. Pacheco was 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs while Russell was 2-for-6 with two RBI and three runs. Second baseman Stetson Banks led the Cougars going 4-for-4 with two RBI.
The Lobos return home for a single non-conference game on Wednesday, hosting Texas Tech at 3 p.m. The Red Raiders have won all three meeting this season.