May 27, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The New Mexico baseball team set Mountain West Conference Tournament records with 23 runs and 25 hits in a 23-2 thrashing of Air Force Thursday night in the consolation bracket of the six-team, double-elimination tournament. The second-seeded Lobos (25-28-1), who lost to third-seeded UNLV earlier Thursday 15-9, now advance to play Utah Friday morning at 11 a.m. PT.
New Mexico, as it did all year against Air Force (6-49), put on an offensive display. The Lobos tied a MWC Tournament record with 10 runs in the fourth inning and also plated eight in the first frame. Earlier this season at Air Force, New Mexico set a school and MWC record for runs in a 31-11 win.
Daniel Stovall established another tournament record with five runs. The first baseman went 3-for-4 in the game and hit his seventh homer of the season against the Falcons with a solo shot in the third.
Matt Young, Josh Mader and Joe Salas all collected three hits for the Lobos. Mader hit his 10th homer of the season in the fourth and Jay Russell nailed his second homer of the season with a two-run knock in the sixth.
Freshman Danny Ray Herrera earned his fourth win of the season by pitching five innings of one-run ball, although the run was unearned. Herrera (4-7) struck out three and allowed three hits.
Mike Smith struck out a season-best nine batters in four innings of relief to pick up his first save of the season.