April 17, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Adam Courcha hit a two-run triple in the Lobo half of the eighth inning to lead New Mexico to an 8-6 victory over Coppin State at Isotopes Park today. Senior Edwin Carl threw three scoreless innings and struck out six of the 11 batters he faced to pace the Lobos on the mound. New Mexico improves to 23-13 on the season. Coppin State falls to 11-19.
"We told Courcha to punch the first pitch he saw in the right center field and that's what he did," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "I've told the seniors that this is their season and they have to make it theirs."
New Mexico picked up two runs in the second and fourth, one in the fifth and three in the eighth.
The Lobos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Junior Ryan Honeycutt led off the inning by reaching on an error and advanced to second. Honeycutt advanced to third on a balk and was singled in by freshman John Michael Twichell. Courcha was issued a bases-loaded walk to score Twichell from third to make the score 2-0.
New Mexico got two more runs in the fourth with a two-run triple by senior Justin Howard, 4-3.
In the fifth Twichell reached on a fielder's choice that scored senior Cameron Smith from third base and made the score, 5-3.
Down 5-3, in the top of the seventh, the Eagles got three runs on two hits with one Lobo error.
The Lobos responded with three runs in the eighth sparked by Courcha's triple. Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field to score Courcha from third base.
Twichell finished the day 3-for-5 with one RBI.
Senior Edwin Carl picked up his fifth win of the season throwing three scoreless innings.
Starter Willy Kesler scattered six hits over six innings and gave up three runs.
The Lobos play game three against the Eagles on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT at Lobo Field. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.