April 9, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas --- Junior Will Kerr earned his second win of the season and the Lobos had 10 hits as the University of New Mexico beat Texas Tech, 7-2, Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field. The win gave the teams a 2-2 split in the 2008 series and improved UNM's record to 21-12 overall.
The Lobos put together a big inning in the top of the third, taking a 6-0 lead. Scott Gracey walked and Mike Brownstein was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Both scored two batters later on a Matt Hibbitts double, 2-0. The Lobos continued to manufacture runs in the inning as Red Raider starter Russ Fornea (3-3) put the Lobos on base with walks to Kevin Atkinson, Adam Courcha and Gracey, for the second time in the inning, and hit Ian Hollick, each with the bases loaded to score Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Rafael Neda and Atkinson, 5-0. Relief pitcher Sam Janca came in to face Brownstein, who singled to score Hollick, 6-0, but the inning ended as Texas Tech got Courcha out at the plate to end the inning.
Texas Tech (17-16) picked up its first run in the fourth, when Kerr was called for a balk to send home Willie Rueda, 6-1. Kerr turned right around and got Roger Kieschnick to line into an unassisted double play by Gracey.
Atkinson scored his second run of the game in the fifth on a Red Raider passed ball to give the Lobos a 7-1 lead.
Kerr (2-1) advanced into the eighth inning, getting two outs before Kieschnick doubled to score Joey Kenworthy, 7-2. In 7.2 innings, Kerr struck out four, walked two, and gave up just two runs on seven hits.
Lobo closer Clinton Cox came in to get the third out of the eighth. After allowing a single to Taylor Ashby, Cox got Chris Hall to hit into a fielder's choice, and Jeremy Mayo to hit into a double play to end the game. The two double plays increased the Lobos season total to 45, the most in the nation.
Atkinson, Brownstein and Hibbitts led the team with two hits each. Atkinson was 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk. He also added to his Mountain West Conference fielding total chances lead with 12 putouts on the afternoon. Brownstein was also 2-for-3 with one run, one RBI and two walks. Hibbitts was 2-for-4 with two RBI, two walks and a stolen base.
The Lobos return to Mountain West Conference action, April 11-13, when they host Air Force at Ricketts Field in Farmington, N.M. UNM will host a Youth Clinic at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Roberto Clemente Park in Farmington. The clinic is free to area youth, 8th grade and younger.