Feb. 27, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Senior southpaw John Hesketh tossed seven innings of three-hit ball to pick up his second win of the season and propel the Lobos to a 10-1 win over Northern Colorado in the series opener Friday at Isotopes Park. UNM improves to 5-2, while Northern Colorado drops to 4-1.
Hesketh (2-0) allowed only three hits and one walk on his way to a career-high eight strikeouts. The senior went 2-5 in six games in 2008 pitching mostly middle relief.
"He has really worked hard at being better than he was last year," Lobos head coach Ray Birmingham said "He has command now and pitches down in the zone."
With two outs in the second inning, second baseman Mike Brownstein drew a walk and stole second. Centerfielder Max Willett followed with a single to left to score Brownstein and up the score 3-0. Third baseman Dane Hamilton followed with a walk and catcher Rafael Neda singled through the infield to give the Lobos loaded bags. A Joe Sawicki pitch grazed Atkinson to push across another run to give New Mexico a 4-0 lead after two.
New Mexico added a pair in the fourth and the sixth. With two outs in the fourth, the Lobos received RBI-singles from Atkinson and designated hitter Justin Howard. Atkinson finished with a game-high three RBI and reached base in all but one at-bat. The senior led off the sixth with a walk and would score via a Honeycutt double to center. Shortstop Daniel Gonzalez poked a single to right to score Honeycutt two batters later making the score 8-0.
Northern Colorado was held to five hits overall, collecting their only run in the top of the eighth thanks to a Tyler Borzileri RBI-single to left. No Northern Colorado player had more than one hit on the day.
Brownstein and outfielder Cameron Monger each supplied an RBI in the eighth to give the Lobos the final 10-1 score.
"Offensively we could have done a lot better," Birmingham said "We still have some guys who haven't reached their potential. We had a chance to score in every inning."
The series continues with a doubleheader set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at Isotopes Park. The first game begins at noon with the Game Two to follow 30 minutes after.