April 8, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Kenny Toves scattered seven hits over 5.1 innings to lead the University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team to an 11-5 victory over the BYU Cougars tonight at Isotopes Park. Toves (2-0) held the Cougars scoreless for the first four innings and tied a career-high with six strikeouts on the night. The Lobos are now 6-1 in their last seven Mountain West Conference games and have now won three straight. New Mexico is now 20-10 on the season and 7-3 in MWC play. The Cougars fall to 13-15 and 3-4.
"Kenny Toves and Jason Oatman were outstanding tonight," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "Both Toves and Oatman pitched with confidence out there. Our offense did pretty well tonight too. BYU is a very good ball club. I'm very proud of our team for fighting the way they did tonight."
The Lobo offense touched up three Cougar pitchers for 11 runs on 14 hits. BYU starting pitcher Matthew Neil (3-3) gave up eight runs with four earned off of eight hits to take the loss for the Cougars. New Mexico picked up two runs in the second, four in the third, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.
The Lobos' 5-8 hitters junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda, senior Cameron Smith, senior Max Willett and freshman Jacob Nelson accounted for eight RBIs on the night. Neda went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Smith was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Willett was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Nelson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Nelson made his first collegiate start at third base. In his first at-bat of the night, Nelson crushed a two-run home run over the right field fence for his first collegiate home run.
Senior Chris Juarez continued his climb past .400, going 2-for-4 and improving his batting average to a .409 on the season. Jurarez added an RBI off a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Fellow senior Daniel Gonzalez was the fifth Lobo on the night to record a multiple-hit game going, 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Senior Jason Oatman came on in relief of freshman Austin House in the seventh and sat down the final nine batters he faced. Oatman pitched three innings of hitless ball to pick up the first save of his Division I career.
The Lobos will face the Cougars in game-two on Friday at 6 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on 101.7 FM The TEAM. Scott Galetti and former Lobo baseball player Rick Ronquillo (1978-83) will call the action live from Isotopes Park. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.