Immediate Release: March 22, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Host New Mexico (5-15) scored 14 runs in the first two innings and went on to post a 16-2 win over Binghamton (4-10) Tuesday night from Isotopes Park. The potent Lobos play out of the Mountain West Conference. They led the nation in hitting in 2009 and advanced to the NCAA tournament last spring.
New Mexico scored five runs on just two hits in the first inning, benefiting from two BU errors and a pair of walks. After the Bearcats got one run back in the top of the second, the Lobos broke the game open in the bottom of the frame with nine runs on eight hits. They added two runs in the third before being held off the scoreboard over the final three innings of the seven-inning contest.
Freshman shortstop John Howell drove in BU's first run in the second inning with a fielder's choice grounder. The hit scored senior right fielder Peter Bregartner, who had led off the inning with a single and moved along after a walk and single by sophomore catcher Mike Danaher.
The Bearcats got their second run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from sophomore second baseman Mike Thompson.
Sophomore shortstop Jordon Smucker entered the game in the fifth inning and went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.
Sophomore reliever Lee Sosa had the most success of the three BU pitchers. Sosa entered in the fifth inning and tossed two scoreless innings without allowing a hit. Sosa struck out three of the seven batters he faced.
The teams will complete their abbreviated two-game series with a single game at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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