March 13, 2006
Las Cruces, New Mexico - With a high wind advisory in effect in Las Cruces, it was the Lions who blew through the town earning their first series sweep of the 2006 season. Posting more than 15 runs for the second straight game, LMU defeated New Mexico State (10-12) 20-6. For the Lions (9-12), it was the most runs scored since 2002 and their highest hit total in three seasons.
LMU tallied 21 hits, including a new school record nine doubles, to remain undefeated in the all-time series with New Mexico State. It was LMU baseball's first trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico. The 2006 Lions leave New Mexico with a 6-4 record in road games.
On the weekend, the Lions outscored NMSU 46-14. Prior to the three-game series with LMU, the Aggies had averaged over 10 runs a game.
Famous for its thin air and frequent home runs, the Lions finished game three scoring 20 runs without a homer. They did however, finish with the school record nine doubles, including three each by seniors Chris Pettit and Erik Johnson. The three doubles brought Pettit to a career total of 55, placing him sixth all-time at LMU in the statistical category.
With three stolen bases on the weekend, Pettit also moved onto the all-time leaders list (tied for 10th with Joe Ciccarella '89-`91) in career stolen bases with 47.
On Sunday, the Lions tallied runs in six innings, including a combined 11 in the fifth and sixth innings.
Pettit finished 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored to lead the Lions. Johnson added another five RBI and a 3-for-5 effort.
Starter Daniel Macias worked five innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out a career-high eight batters. He improved to 2-4 on the season.
NMSU's Jeremy Andarakes made his first career start and worked 3.2 innings. He fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing the seven runs.
The high winds were a weather factor all weekend, but especially Sunday during the day game. Winds reached 35 mph during the contest.
The Lions will head back to Los Angeles to host UC Irvine Tuesday at Page Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.