March 26, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico baseball team used 16 hits and a solid outing by Daniel Grubbs to defeat New Mexico State, 13-1, Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
The Lobos took an early 4-1 lead, but batted through the order in the bottom of the fourth to add six runs and pad the lead at 10-1. After three consecutive walks to Scott Gracey, Mike Brownstein, and Dane Hamilton, senior Matt Hibbitts singled in two runs to start the scoring. Bobby Moore and Rafael Neda would follow with singles of their own to bring in two more runs and up the score to 8-1. Right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, who finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, followed with a double to center field scoring Neda, 9-1. Cavazos-Galvez would come around to score off a Gracey single.
New Mexico tacked on two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a commanding 13-1 lead.
New Mexico State's only run of the game came in the first inning. Grubbs, a junior transfer from Reno, Nev., surrendered only four hits in five innings and the lone run in his first start of the season. Grubbs had only pitched eight innings on the season in five relief appearances.
"The pitching was outstanding. Grubbs I knew from junior college because he pitched against me at New Mexico Junior College and we met up in the College World Series. We were able to beat him both times, but it was extremely difficult," Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham said. "He doesn't have a blazing fastball, but he can pitch. Being able to pitch is huge. Grubbs and Clinton Cox, both junior college kids, are just great kids and competitors. That is what I like about them. I will take a competitor over talent any day. Everybody pitched well."
It was a team effort at the plate as eight out of the nine starters chipped in at least one hit. Hibbitts provided three singles and two RBI while designated hitter Bobby Moore went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Dane Hamilton and Gracey each stroked two singles and walked twice, reaching base in four-out-of-five of each of their at-bats.
With the win, the Lobos improve the lead over NMSU in the Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry to 12.75-6.75. The Lobos take on Vermont in a four-game home series starting Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. After the weekend series, the Lobos will take on the Albuquerque Isotopes on Tuesday, April 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Isotopes Park Box Office. Tickets are $5 for general admission seats, and $3 for UNM students, faculty and staff.