March 7, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Senior third baseman Dane Hamilton hit for the cycle and went 7-for-11 on the day, leading the Lobos to a doubleheader sweep over Binghamton, 30-2 and 8-1, Saturday at Isotopes Park. UNM is 12-2 while Binghamton falls to 1-5.
In Game One, Hamilton led the Lobos' offensive explosion with six hits, six runs and six RBI. The six runs scored and six hits ties a school record, which was last set by Brian Cavazos-Galvez on April 12, 2008. Hamilton finished with two triples, two singles, a double and a home run.
The Lobos struck for four in the first and second inning to jump out to an 8-0 lead. In the first inning, Hamilton collected his first RBI with a groundout to second to score Mike Brownstein who had doubled to left to lead off the inning. With two outs, catcher Rafael Neda doubled to center and Ryan Honeycutt reached on an error to give the Lobos two runners aboard. Cavazos-Galvez followed with an RBI bunt single to score Neda and Kevin Atkinson doubled to left center one batter later to plate Honeycutt and Cavazos-Galvez. The four Lobo runs in the second came courtesy a Neda two-run double and RBI singles from Hamilton and Cavazos-Galvez.
Binghamton added a tally in the top of the fourth and fifth to cut the deficit to 8-2, but UNM took care of the scoring from there. After adding one in the fourth and two in the fifth, New Mexico cranked out nine runs in the sixth and 10 in the eighth. The 30 runs and 31 hits ranks second all-time in school history, while the 56 at-bats ties for third and 28 RBI ties for first.
Neda finished 5-for-6, scoring five runs and driving in five, while Atkinson collected four RBI and three hits.
While the Lobos didn't score quite as much in Game Two, the offense was still plenty. New Mexico claimed a 7-0 lead before the Bearcats even pushed across a run.
Neda got things going for UNM, belting his second homer of the season to lead of the top of the second. One batter later, Atkinson legged out a triple to right center and scored via a Chris Juarez double down the left field line to give UNM the 2-0 edge.
The Lobos used an RBI groundout by Willett and an RBI single from Cavazos to make it 4-0 in the third before adding three in the fifth, including run-scoring doubles from Hamilton and Cavazos-Galvez.
The Lobos continue action Sunday, March 8, at noon at Isotopes Park.