March 27, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Before a UNM record crowd of 5,671 fans, the New Mexico baseball team defeated San Diego State, 13-7, Saturday night at Isotopes Park. The attendance marks a new single-game high for the UNM baseball program as fans jammed the stands for "Pack the Park" night.
The Lobos (6-15-1, 3-2 MWC) led the entire game en route to scoring a season-high 13 runs to go along with 14 hits. Five Lobos had at least two hits in the game, including Josh Mader, who went 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBI. Freshman third baseman Tim Grady went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Matt Young, Chris Dabbs and Sean Murray also collected two hits apiece.
On the mound, freshman Danny Ray Herrera (1-4) earned his first victory as a Lobo, allowing four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work. Four Lobo relievers finished the game, including Joe Salas, who closed the the ninth with two strikeouts.
Daryl Harang (1-4) took the loss for the Aztecs, surrendering six runs and seven hits in only 2.1 innings of action. Offensively, Brock Ungricht led San Diego State (14-18, 4-1 MWC) with three hits and five RBI.
After Chris Dabbs homered to right field in the second, the Lobos really got things going with five runs in the third. The Lobos collected six hits in the inning, led by a Jeff Grady solo homer, a two-run single by Mader and RBI singles by Murray and Tim Grady.
SDSU cut the lead to 6-4 with four runs in the sixth, but UNM came right back and scored three runs - all unearned - in the bottom of the inning.
The Aztecs made it 9-6 with two runs in the seventh, but once again, the Lobos stormed back, plating four after the seventh-inning stretch. Tim Grady and Young delivered their second RBI singles of the night while Mader and Jeff Grady each hit a sacrifice fly.
SDSU scored the last run on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to make it 13-7.
The Lobos and Aztecs will finish the series tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Isotopes Park.