SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Some days everything seems to go wrong for your team and everything goes right for the other team, and that’s the way it was for the Lobos at the University of San Diego Sunday afternoon.
UNM (1-2) suffered a 17-2 defeat at the hands of the Toreros (2-1) to close out its first series of the season. USD jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first, was up 7-0 after two innings and the Lobos could never get back into it.
UNM scored in the sixth when a two-out double by Aaron Siple knocked home freshman Kirby McGuire. Siple, McGuire and Chase Harris each finished with two hits to lead the Lobos. Sam Haggerty and Ryan Padilla recorded the other hits for New Mexico.
The Lobos got their other run in the ninth. Freshman Cody Bower out of St. Pius recorded his first career hit as a pinch hitter with one out. Two batters later Lane Milligan also got his first career hit on a bloop single to left. John Pustay then followed with an RBI-single.
The Lobos make a stop on their way home to face Arizona St. in Tempe Tuesday evening at 6:30. The game will be streamed live, and fans can find the link on GoLobos. UNM will then return to Albuquerque for its home opener against Northern Illinois in the Lobo Invite at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Notes: Three more Lobos saw their intercollegiate debut Sunday, Mike Gould, Conner Rusch and Preston Ryan, bringing the total to 13 UNM players who got their first taste of D-1 baseball in San Diego … Cody Bower recorded his first career hit as a pinch hitter in the ninth, and Lane Milligan added his first career hit later in the inning … it was UNM’s most lopsided loss since May 9, 2010, when the Lobos lost 26-4 to TCU.