Lobos Beat Utah In Extra Innings, 5-4
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/09/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 9, 2009

Box Score

OGDEN, Utah --- The University of New Mexico baseball team needed an extra inning to successfully finish a come-from-behind victory over Utah, 5-4, at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah on Thursday night. Junior center fielder Max Willett scored his second run of the night in the top of the 10th on a Ute error to get the win for the Lobos.

New Mexico (26-8, 6-4 MWC) took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Rafael Neda single up the middle that scored first baseman Kevin Atkinson.

But Utah (13-16, 3-7 MWC) scored three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead into the top of the eighth inning.

UNM finally wore down Ute starter Brian Budrow in the eighth inning, loading the bases with three consecutive hits by Daniel Gonzalez, Mike Brownstein and Willett before Utah could get an out. Gonzalez scored the first run of the inning on a fielder's choice by Dane Hamilton. With two outs and two runners on, Atkinson hit a double to score Willett and Hamilton to tie the game at 4-4.

Lobo relievers Daniel Grubbs, Jason Oatman and Cole White each recorded an out in the bottom of the eighth to hold off the Utes, while White threw the ninth to get the game to extra innings.

In the 10th, Willett was hit by a pitch to get on base with one out, swiped second to get into scoring position, advanced to third on a flyout by Hamilton before scoring on the Utah error that put Ryan Honeycutt on first and gave the Lobos the lead, 5-4.

Sophomore Kenny Toves earned his first save of the season by getting three Ute batters to fly out in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the win for White (2-0). Utah reliever Greg Krause took the loss.

Atkinson, Neda and Willett led the Lobos with two hits each, while Atkinson contributed a run and two RBI.

The teams resume action on Friday night at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah. Game time is set for 6 p.m. Senior John Hesketh is scheduled to take the mound for the Lobos.