March 31, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore Ian Hollick homered in the top of the 12th for a 2-1 lead but BYU rallied, tying the game on a two-out double to center and then won the game on a RBI single from Marcos Villezcas. The loss drops the Lobos to 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Tournament and 18-10 overall.
Three singles in the fourth from juniors Jay Russell, Daniel Stovall and Matt Foote led to a 1-0 New Mexico lead. With Russell on third and Stovall on first, Foote laid down a bunt toward first, getting himself on base and bringing home Russell.
Junior south paw Danny Ray Herrera was cruising to his sixth win when an error by sophomore Jordan Pacheco at second put the tying run at third with one out. All BYU had to do was get the ball in the air, which Ben Saylor did in the next at bat, driving in Kent Walton to tie the game.
Both teams had a chance to score in the 10th, New Mexico having senior Ryan Barba on third with two outs and BYU having Stetson Banks on second with one out but neither team could bring in their runners. For the game, the Lobos stranded six while the Cougars left 10.
Cortland Andrews earned his first win for BYU, allowing just two hits, one run and no walks with two strikeouts in 3 innings. Junior Damon Miller suffered the loss, falling to 2-2, giving up five hits, two runs and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Herrera and BYU starter Jesse Craig both threw 9 innings. Herrera allowed eight hits, one unearned run and one walk with seven strikeouts while Craig gave up five hits, two runs and no walks with two strikeouts.
At the plate, New Mexico churned out just seven hits with three of them coming from Barba, who finished the game 3-for-4. Casey Nielson went 3-for-3 and Saylor was 2-for-4 to lead BYU.
The Lobos take tomorrow off before playing their final game of the tournament on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. vs. Utah at Tony Gwynn Stadium.