Feb. 28, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Cory Patton hit an RBI double to drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead No. 20 Texas A&M past the New Mexico baseball team, 11-10, Saturday afternoon in the Domino's Pizza Aggie Classic at Olsen Field.
The Lobos and Aggies traded leads all afternoon. Down three in the eighth, UNM (1-5-1) scored three runs to take a 10-9 advantage. Daniel Stovall blasted a two-run homer, his second of the day, to tie the game at 9-9. With two outs in the inning, Matt Young doubled, stole third, and scored on a Ryan Barba RBI single to give the Lobos their third lead of the day.
A&M (10-0) knotted the game at 10 in the bottom of the eighth as the Lobos failed to convert a double play opportunity with runners on the corners and one out, allowing Coby Mavroulis to score from third on a fielder's choice.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Aggies tallied three hits, including Patton's game-winning double, off reliever Joe Salas (0-1), who entered the game at the start of the inning. Parker Dalton led off the rally with a double, and scored the winning run after a popout and an intentional walk.
The Lobos outhit the Aggies, 16-11, but UNM pitchers allowed 10 walks. Young tied his career-high by going 4-for-4 with three runs and Stovall went 3-for-4 with three runs.
The Lobos got on the board first when Young scored in top of the first, but the Aggies plated four runs in the bottom of the second to take the 4-1 lead.
UNM erupted for four runs and seven hits in the fifth to go up 5-4. Jeff Grady started the fireworks with a two-run homer, his first of the season, followed by RBI singles off the bats of Barba and Sean Murray.
The Lobo offense tacked on two more runs in the sixth on an Aggie error and a sacrifice fly.
Texas A&M reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth with five runs on only two hits. The Aggies took advantage of four walks and one Lobo error to go up 9-7.
Austin Creps (1-0) pitched two innings of relief to earn the win for Texas A&M.
New Mexico returns to action tomorrow to face Arkansas at 3 p.m. CT and No. 20 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CT. UNM lost to Arkansas earlier in the day, 13-3.