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Baseball Drops Second Straight To New Mexico
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 19, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- After suffering through a 23-game losing streak to Arizona, the New Mexico baseball team has a winning streak of its own against its former WAC rival. The Lobos (5-2) defeated the Wildcats 7-3 on Saturday for a second straight win and with it a three-game series victory. The loss dropped Arizona to 4-4 on the year and matched its longest skid in the early going.


            UNM left-hander Danny Ray Herrera (2-0), who worked around back-to-back singles by Arizona to lead off the game, kept the Wildcats off balance all day and limited them to just three runs on seven hits in a complete-game win on the mound. Herrera finished with six strikeouts and just one walk to earn his second victory of the year.


            Offensively, the Lobos broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs off of UA starter Eric Berger in the third inning. Jordan Pacheo, who finished the game 2 for 4, drove in the first run with a single through the left side of the infield before Jay Russell added another with a sacrifice fly in the next at bat.


            After UNM tacked on a single run in the sixth on throwing error by Brad Boyer on an infield single for a 3-0 lead, the Wildcats clawed their way back into the contest on a two-run homer by Brad Glenn in the bottom half of the inning.


Arizona couldn’t get any closer however, and UNM blew the game open with four runs on three hits and another UA error in the eighth.

            Berger (1-2), who surrendered just two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings, was charged with the loss despite pitching well. The left-hander struck out five and walked one in the longest outing by a UA starter this season.

            Glenn’s first career home run and Jason Donald’s 2 for 3 effort at the plate highlighted the offense for Arizona on the day. Sophomore Drew McDonald, who transferred to UNM from UA, finished the game 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI.

            The Wildcats will try to avoid their first three-game series sweep since dropping three straight to Washington in the middle of the 2004 season when UNM and UA meet up for a third time on Sunday at noon. Junior Brad Mills will take the mound as the UA starter.

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