May 28, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The New Mexico baseball team's season came to a close in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament as the second-seeded Lobos fell to top-seed San Diego State Friday night, 24-8. UNM, which advanced to the semifinals of the tournament for the second time in school history, finish the season with a 26-29-1 record.
A day after New Mexico set several MWC Tournament records against Air Force, San Diego State (35-28) erased those marks with new records in Friday's win. The Aztecs set tournament bests with 24 runs for the game and 11 runs in an inning. Brock Ungricht established a new tournament record with seven RBI while going 5-for-6 with five runs at the plate.
The game was never close as the Aztecs scored eight runs in the second inning and 11 in the third. The Lobos, playing their fourth game in two days, used five pitchers in the game. Karsten Gaarder (3-3) was tagged with the loss.
The Lobos did manage to crack out 18 hits despite only scoring eight runs. Joe Salas, playing in his last game as a Lobo, went 4-for-5 with a run scored. Matt Young was also 4-for-5 with a double and a triple. Tim Grady hit his fourth homer of the season with a three-run shot in the ninth.
San Diego State advances to play UNLV in the championship game tomorrow at 3 p.m. PT. The Aztecs must beat the Rebels twice to win the title, while the Rebels need to win just one game to earn the automatic NCAA Tournament bid.