Feb. 21, 2010

Courtesy of New Mexico

AUSTIN, Texas - Junior transfer Mike Lachapelle scattered seven hits over six innings and junior transfer Kenny Held had two RBIs as the University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team defeated the No. 1 Texas Longhorns, 3-1 at Disch-Falk Field Sunday in Austin, Texas. New Mexico took two of three from the top-ranked Longhorns this weekend and improved its record to 2-1 on the season. Texas falls to 1-2.

"This is a great day for the Lobo baseball team," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "Disch-Falk Field is a one of the hardest places to play in the country. It's a very hostile environment for visiting teams. Our kids showed no fear and played as hard as they could. Every one of our players was focused on the task at hand and we got the job done."

Lachapelle (1-0), a transfer from Pima Community College, pitched five innings of scoreless baseball before yielding an earned run in the bottom of the sixth to earn the first win of his Division I career. Lachapelle faced 25 batters and gave up seven hits and one earned run, while fanning one Longhorn batter.

For the second time this series, senior Edwin Carl came on in relief. He pitched 2.1 innings of hitless ball, while striking out four of the nine batters he faced. On Friday, Carl pitched 3.2 innings giving up five hits and no runs.

Sophomore transfer Gera Sanchez got his first collegiate save retiring the final two batters in the bottom of the ninth.

Held, a transfer from Central Arizona College, was 2-for-4 on the day with two RBIs. Senior Max Willett went 2-for-3 and scored two runs and for the second day in a row freshman Alex Allbritton went 2-for-4 from the plate.

Willett had a sensational weekend going 7-for-11, hitting .636 from the plate with two doubles and a triple.

The last time the Lobos defeated a ranked team back-to-back was April 18-19 against #15 San Diego State.

The Lobos finish up a four-game road trip at Texas Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. MT. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.