SACRAMENTO, Calif. - New Mexico designated hitter Chris DeVito went 3-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs and first baseman Jack Zoellner was 4-for-4 to lead the visiting Lobos to a 12-3 win over Sacramento State at John Smith Field on Tuesday.
New Mexico (17-8) pounded out 17 hits in the game with two home runs and six doubles. The Lobos did all of their scoring in four innings, tallying a pair of 4-run innings and a pair of 2-run innings.
Sacramento State (14-10) had allowed just six runs in its four previous games, including a 1-0 final against the high-scoring Lobos on Monday. The Hornets tallied three runs after being shut out on Monday but it wasn't enough.
Junior Brandon Hunley had a 2-run double in the fifth inning to lead the Hornets offensively. After his career opening 16-game hitting streak was snapped on Monday freshman Matt Smith went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Tuesday. Senior Chris Lewis also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.
New Mexico took an early 2-0 lead on a 2-run shot to right from DeVito in the first inning. The Lobos added four runs in the fourth inning on four hits, including a solo home run off the bat of Zoellner and three doubles.
Lewis led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and, after junior Blake Edmonson drew a walk, Hunley split the gap in left center for a 2-run double. The Lobos got those runs right back in the top of the sixth on RBI singles from DeVito and Jared Mang.
The Hornets loaded the base with one out in the bottom of the sixth on a Smith single and walks by junior Kody Reynolds and Lewis. Edmonson brought in Smith with a sacrifice fly to right but the other runners were stranded.
New Mexico completed the scoring with four runs in the seventh inning on four hits, a walk, and a Hornet fielding error.
Edmonson finished 1-for-3 and also pitched a scoreless ninth inning on just seven pitches. Matt Gorgolinski, Austin Ragsdale, and Tyler Beardsley also threw scoreless innings for the Hornets. The loss went to sophomore Austin Root, who had not allowed a run over 11 innings pithed this season before giving up two in two innings of work in his first start of the year.
James Harrington was the first of six New Mexico pitchers and earned the win, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings.
Sacramento State returns to WAC play this weekend hosting Northern Colorado Friday-Sunday. The three game series will end a program record 13-game homestand for the Hornets.
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