March 2, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M.-- Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda hit two home runs with four RBIs and Lobo pitchers had 13 strikeouts to lead the Lobos to a 9-6 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State at Presley Askew Field Tuesday evening. Neda went 3-for-5 on the day with the two bombs that accounted for almost half of the Lobos' run production. The Lobos improve to 6-2 on the season and the Aggies fall to 5-5.
"I was extremely pleased with the pitching staff," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "Rafael Neda showed why he is one of the best players in the nation. We are still learning and we need to focus on some of the fundamentals like laying down bunts and not striking out with runners on base. But we are looking to correct those things for tomorrow."
Neda had a sensational day going 3-for-5 and tied a career high with two home runs in a single game. Neda also had a single and four RBIs on the day. Senior Chris Juarez also had a great day from the plate going 4-for-5 with one RBI and scored one run. Sophomore Ben Woodchick had his best appearance at the plate this season and set a career high for hits going 3-for-5 and tied a career high with two RBIs. Senior Justin Howard went 2-for-4 and scored three runs.
Freshman John Michael Twichell got the first start of his collegiate career in right field and went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk.
The Lobos pitching staff threw 13 strikeouts against the Aggies. The Aggies top hitters, Leo Aguirre, Ryan Aguayo and Ben Harty went 2-for-11 against Lobo pitchers. Senior Edwin Carl picked up his second win of the season and threw 2.1 innings giving up two earned runs on three hits and striking out three. Sophomore and Las Cruces native Gera Sanchez picked up his second save on the season throwing 1.2 innings of hitless and scoreless ball. Starter Kenny Toves pitched four innings giving up four runs, while striking out five Aggie batters. Senior Jason Oatman pitched one inning and struck out two.
The Lobos will play the Aggies Wednesday at 3 p.m. MT in Las Cruces. The game will be televised live through Aggie Vision on Comcast channel 77. 101.7 FM (KQTM) The TEAM will carry the game live on the radio. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.