College Teams Combine for 16 HRs
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ New Mexico and New Mexico State combined for 16 homers at Lobo Field on Tuesday, one shy of the NCAA record.
The Lobos, who won 28-18, hit 10 homers, eclipsing the school record of six. New Mexico State (12-21) tied its school record with six homers. Louisville and Western Illinois combined for an NCAA-record 17 home runs in 1991.
Shortstop Scott Candelaria hit two home runs with five RBIs to lead the way for New Mexico (15-19-1) as eight starters homered. Ironically, second baseman Lon Yamaguchi, the school’s career leader with 36 home runs, was the only Lobos starter not to homer.
The Lobos’ 28 runs also set a school single-game record, while their 28 hits were two shy of the school mark set against Hawaii in 1997.
New Mexico, leading 8-7 in the third inning, blew the game open with 10 runs on nine hits, including a solo homer by Candelaria, and two-run homers by outfielders Mike Campbell and Miguel Montiel.
Catcher Steve Elzy went 5-for-6 with five RBIs for the Lobos. Third baseman Aaron Sisk was 3-for-6, and has homered in six straight for New Mexico.
Shortstop Chris Weekly hit two homers and drove in six runs for New Mexico State, which had 21 hits.
Vance Bonner (4-2) picked up the win despite allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in four innings. Aggies starter Pat Leach (2-7) allowed 18 runs, 10 earned, on 18 hits in three innings.
All nine Lobos starters had at least two hits and two runs scored, while every Aggies starter had at least one hit.