Lobos Edged by UNLV, 8-6
May 2, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The University of New Mexico baseball team out-hit UNLV 12-8, but hit batsmen and walks hurt the Lobos as they dropped an 8-6 loss to the Rebels Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park. UNM falls to 32-15 overall and 12-7 in the Mountain West Conference while UNLV improves to 24-23 with an 8-9 MWC record.
Trailing 5-3, UNM posted a single tally in the sixth and seventh to knot the score at 5-5. After a 30-minute delay due to inclement weather, the Lobos struck in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single from Brian Cavazos-Galvez to score Kevin Atkinson. Atkinson had led off the inning with a triple to right center. The Lobos scored in similar fashion in the seventh, using a Mike Brownstein triple, his nation-leading 11th of the season, to put a runner on third. Max Willett plated Brownstein one batter later with a sacrifice fly.
UNLV countered in the eighth with a run of their own to make it 6-5. A leadoff walk came back to haunt the Lobos as Ryan Thornton, who had a game-high two RBI, led off the inning with a free pass from reliever Clinton Cox. After the New Mexico bullpen had held the Rebel offense scoreless for five straight innings, Kyle Kretchmer shot an RBI single to left field.
The Lobos knotted the score at 6-6 in their portion of the eighth. Cavazos-Galvez was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to third on a Justin Howard single. Adam Courcha laid down a brilliant bunt to make the only play for the Rebels to first as Cavazos-Galvez scooted across home for the 6-6 deadlock.
UNLV claimed the lead for good in the ninth. With no outs, Cole White put two runners aboard with a walk and a hit batsman. After recording two outs, Thornton scratched White for a two-run single to give the Rebels the 8-6 lead. Marc Baca worked the ninth to collect his third save for UNLV. The loss went to White (3-1), his first of the season.
UNM used a total of six pitchers and six of the eight UNLV runs scored were courtesy of a walk or hit batsmen. Despite shaky outings from Edwin Carl and Gabe Aguilar for the first 1.2 innings, Will Kerr, Kenny Toves and Clinton Cox combined to hold the Rebels to just one run on two hits over five innings.
Five Lobos finished with two hits -Atkinson, Brownstein, Willett, Cavazos-Galvez and Howard.
The Lobos close out their home season with Youth Day on Sunday, May 3. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at Lobo Field. Tickets are $1 for youth 18 and under.