April 13, 2008
FARMINGTON, N.M. - New Mexico utilized a pair of five-run innings to defeat Air Force, 13-3, and complete a series sweep in Mountain West Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Ricketts Park. The Falcons drop to 11-22, 0-11 while the Lobos improved to 24-12, 8-4.
New Mexico scored five runs in the fourth and eighth innings, cranking out 17 hits on the day. Kevin Atkinson led UNM at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, who hit four home runs on Saturday, homered again in the eighth inning.
The Falcons scored a run in the first and held the 1-0 lead until the fourth inning. Air Force, which had ten hits on the day, tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning. Parker Mayo, Ben Ausbun and Vai Schierholtz had two hits apiece. Matt Alexander scored two runs on the day.
New Mexico starting pitcher Stephen Smith (3-1) went the distance, striking out three batters. In the series, the Lobos' starting pitchers threw 25 of 27 innings.
Air Force starter Jake Petro (1-5) went five-plus innings, allowing six runs off seven hits. Petro held UNM scoreless for the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Alex Truesdale worked the last three innings in relief for the Falcons.
The Falcons mixed up the lineup for game three of the series, starting four freshmen and four sophomores.
Air Force returns to action Wednesday, April 16, hosting Colorado Christian.