March 17, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Trailing 9-5 in the top of the eight, the San Francisco Dons (10-11) put five runs on the board for a 10-9 lead, which they held for the win over New Mexico (14-6) at Isotopes Park Friday night.
The Dons' held a 3-1 lead heading into bottom of the fourth when their starter, Scott Cousins walked sophomore Drew McDonald with the bases loaded. Junior Chris Dabbs followed with a single to left, giving New Mexico the lead as junior Matt Foote and sophomore Ian Hollick scored.
Hollick, who stretched his team-high hit streak to 14 games in the fourth, singled to center in the fifth, driving in Foote and junior Chris Carlson for a 6-3 lead.
Dabbs extended the lead to 9-5 in the seventh with a two-run bomb to dead center.
With two outs in the top of the eighth, USF got two singles and a walk from senior reliever Jesse Perez, ending his evening. Junior Damon Miller, making his first appearance in 10 days, allowed three consecutive singles before getting the final out of the inning.
Dabbs led the Lobos at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. Foote and sophomore Jordan Pacheco were both 2-for-4. Mitchell Bialosky was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Stefan Gartrell was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Dons.
USF's Brian Anderson improved to 3-0, getting the win with two runs and three hits in 2 innings of relief. Miller suffered the loss, falling to 1-1. Starter Nate Melek allowed nine hits, five runs, two walks and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
The series resumes tomorrow at 6 p.m. with junior Danny Ray Herrera, 5-0, taking the mound for New Mexico. Ryan Muller is slated to start for San Francisco.