Lobo Baseball Takes Two from Air Force, 14-2, 6-0
April 25, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Lobo pitcher Willy Kesler pitched New Mexico's first complete-game shutout since 2007 and senior Cameron Smith had a career-high four RBIs in game one and two in game two to lead the University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team over the Air Force Falcons, 14-2 and 6-0 today at Falcon Field. The Lobos improve to 27-14 on the season and 10-4 in Mountain West Conference play. The Falcons fall to 9-30 and 1-9.
"The pitching performance in this yard was outstanding," Said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "This is definitely a hitters yard and I saw Kenny Toves, Gabe Aguilar and Willy Kesler pitch their tails off. In two games we gave up two runs to a team that scored 36 against TCU in this ballpark. That's an encouraging to us. It was hard to sit here for two days and not play. The team played hard today and I'm proud of them. I can't say enough about the focus on this team."
In game two senior Willy Kesler (3-1) mowed down the Falcons and only surrendered four hits in his second complete game of the season. He is the second pitcher do throw two complete games in single-season since 2008. Kesler pitched his first career shutout at New Mexico and the first since Bobby LaFromboise went the distance against and blanked San Diego State on May 23, 2007. In 2008, LaFromboise threw two complete games. Kesler threw the first shutout at Falcon Field since 2008.
"I hit my spots today," said Kesler. "I tried to keep them off balance. I expect myself to do that every week. I just had to go out there and hit my spots. My biggest goal is to keep the ball down and let them get themselves out. I went out there and threw strikes and competed."
Junior Ryan Honeycutt led the Lobos at the plate going 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Senior Justin Howard went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Senior Chris Juarez went 2-for-5 win a run scored. Smith went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a double.
In game one the Lobos offense exploded for 14 runs off 19 hits. The game was knotted at 1-1 in the top of the third when the Lobos got 8 runs off 10 hits to make the score 9-1. New Mexico was just three hits off an NCAA record for most hits in the third inning. UNM got five runs the rest of the way to win 14-2.
Smith led the Lobo charge going 2-for-5 with four RBIs and one run scored. Smith tied his previous career-high (2) five times this season before doubling it today and had six total. Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda set a new career-high with his eighth home run of the season. Neda went 3-for-6 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a double. Howard went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Max Willett went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a double. Senior Adam Courcha went 3-for-5 and senior Daniel Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double.
The Lobos host Texas Tech on Tuesday at 2 p.m. MT at Isotopes Park. The game will be broadcast live on 101.7 FM The TEAM. Scott Galetti and former Lobo baseball player Rick Ronquillo will call the action. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.