March 18, 2006
(Albuquerque, NM) - USF continued it's winning ways as the Dons beat New Mexico 11-6 in ten innings on Saturday evening. The Dons (11-11) are back at .500 for the first time since they were 3-3 on February 11 and secure their second straight series victory. The loss drops the Lobos to 14-7; the first time all season UNM has lost two in a row.
USF started the scoring in the second inning, plating one on junior catcher Daniel Morales' solo homerun. The Lobos tied it up in the bottom of the fifth on a solo homerun of their own from junior centerfielder Matt Foote. New Mexico took the lead in the eighth, but the Dons tied it up in the ninth at two runs apiece.
In the tenth the Dons took a commanding lead, scoring nine runs on two hits, four walks and three Lobo errors. Red-shirt freshman Zach Kim hit his first homerun in the Green and Gold, a two run shot to left field to cap the scoring. The Lobos tried to mount a rally of their own, scoring four runs, but were unable to take down the Dons.
Along with Morales' and Kim's homeruns, junior outfielder Scott Cousins had two hits and senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell, sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, and senior infielder Jacob Abramson each added one a piece.
Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan got his fourth win of the season against only one loss after relieving starting pitcher, sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda in the ninth. The tall righty pitched two innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. Poreda, who got a no-decision in the win, went eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
New Mexico had eight hits on the night, with junior designated hitter Chris Carlson and sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco stroking two each. Junior Danny Ray Herrera earned a no-decision, going nine innings, allowing only two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and had seven strikeouts.
USF finishes the three-game series with the Lobos on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
USF has now out scored their opponents 26-6 in the ninth inning and beyond.