No. 3 Baylor Rolls Over NMSU 15-5
Needed or not, the University of New Mexico baseball team was happy to accept some help Saturday night.
The Lobos racked up 14 hits and cashed in on 11 free passes while rolling to a 16-5 win over UNLV in front of 1,852 fans at Isotopes Park. UNM put up nine second-inning runs — all with two outs — and grabbed an 11-0 lead on its way to the easy victory.
D.J. Peterson hit his 11th homer of the season and drove in four runs for New Mexico (25-19, 11-3 Mountain West), which won for the 10th time in 12 games. The Lobos will attempt to complete a sweep of the three-game series from the Rebels (20-23, 5-12) today at 1 p.m.
Josh Walker (6-2) allowed five runs on nine hits in eight innings, walking two and striking out seven for the win. He surrendered a three-run homer to Mark Shannon during UNLV’s four-run third inning but otherwise cruised.
Bobby Mares worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.
UNM extended a school record by securing its eighth consecutive weekend series win. It was all but a formality after Lobos’ highest-scoring inning of the season, one that included five walks, a two-run double by Josh Melendez and a three-run double by Alex Real. All nine Lobo starters scored during the rally.
“We had four hits and (nine) runs (in that inning),” Peterson said. “That’s pretty unheard of. I think we took advantage and they gave us some freebies is what it came down to.”
Mitchell Garver and Ben Woodchick had three hits apiece for New Mexico. Two of Garver’s hits were doubles, and Woodchick scored four runs. Danny Higa had three of UNLV’s nine hits.
NMSU: In Waco, Texas, third-ranked Baylor spotted 25th-ranked New Mexico State an early lead before coming back to pound the Aggies 15-5 at Baylor Ballpark.
The Aggies (30-13) led 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Baylor benefited from a close call at first base that prevented a potential double-play. NMSU sophomore first baseman Tanner Rust was ruled as coming off the bag on the play. The Bears posted five runs on four hits in the fourth and scored on a stolen base at home.
It seemed NMSU had a chance to stay in the game when senior shortstop Zach Voight hit a solo shot over the left-field wall in the top of the fifth to make it 7-5, but Baylor came back with seven runs on five hits — including a pair of homers — in the bottom of the inning.
— This article appeared on page D7 of the Albuquerque Journal