March 13, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - A lack of offense was the issue for the Lobos, as they lost another close game to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Lobos got into trouble early as starting pitcher Rudy Jaramillo was faced with a bases loaded situation with just one out in the bottom of the second inning. Jaramillo was able to dig deep, however, and get himself out of the inning by striking out Oklahoma State's center fielder Devin Shines and getting left fielder Andrew Heck to ground into a fielder's choice for the second and third outs, respectively.
New Mexico found itself up against the wall again in the bottom of the third as Cowboys' shortstop Hunter Bailey singled to left field off Jaramillo to lead off the inning. After Jaramillo got Cowboys' second baseman Davis Duren to pop up for the first out, Bailey stole second on the next at-bat. After the steal, first Baseman Zach Johnson knocked an RBI single into center field, scoring Bailey and giving the Cowboys the lead, 1-0. In the next at-bat, designated hitter Dane Phillips singled through the right side, prompting Johnson to try and score all the way from first. Lobos' right fielder Ben Woodchick had other thoughts on that choice, however, as he threw a rocket to catcher Mitchell Garver, nailing Johnson at home plate keeping the score at 1-0 in the Cowboys favor after three innings. Jaramillo got out of the inning as he got right fielder Luis Uribe to strikeout swinging.
The Cowboys added another run in the seventh as Duren drove in Heck from third base on a sacrifice fly to center field, extending their lead to 2-0 over the Lobos. After surrendering the run, Head Coach Ray Birmingham made a call to the bullpen, bringing in senior Richard Olson to replace Jaramillo. Olson got out of the inning as he got Oklahoma State's Johnson to ground out. On the day, Jaramillo threw 6 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs on eight hits to go along with five strikeouts.
The Lobos' bats never did come alive, as the offense was only able to produce three hits with zero runs scored. Oklahoma State's starting pitcher Mike Strong had a great day on the mound as he threw 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball giving up just three hits to go along with eight strikeouts.
Oklahoma State's Gabe Weidenaar would come on to replace Strong in the eighth after his nice day on the mound. Weidenaar stayed on for the ninth inning as well as he tried to close out the Lobos.
Down two runs going into the ninth, the Lobos weren't able to make a comeback bid as Weidenaar sat them down in order to end the game. With the loss, the Cowboys sweep the series from the Lobos three games to none. The Lobos fall to 3-13 on the season, while the Cowboys improve to 12-3.
The Lobos next game will mark the start of Mountain West Conference play, as they take on San Diego State in a three-game series beginning March 18 at 7 p.m. MT in San Diego, Calif.