April 21, 2011
PROVO, Utah - The Lobo baseball club was finally able to get itself back into the win column, as they pounded BYU 9-2 for a conference win.
Lobos' junior starting pitcher Rudy Jaramillo had himself an incredible night, taking a two-hit shutout into the bottom of the ninth. Fatigue began to set in for the left-hander, however, as Jaramillo surrendered two runs in the ninth before finishing his complete game. On the night, Jaramillo gave up just two runs on four hits while striking out eight.
"Rudy Jaramillo got after it tonight," simply put by Head Coach Ray Birmingham.
Errors were the story of the game, as BYU committed six overall in the one-sided contest. The majority of the errors came early in the game for BYU, in turn helping the Lobos build a very large lead.
The Lobos were able to throw up five runs on the board in top of the first inning thanks in part to sloppy defensive play by the BYU Cougars. The Cougars committed three errors in the inning, leading to five runs, four unearned, for the Lobos. Sophomore catcher Mitchell Garver drove in Kyle 'Beep' Stiner on a fielder's choice for the Lobos first and only earned run of the inning.
UNM added another run in the second inning thanks to two more errors committed by the Cougars. Junior Luke Campbell reached on a fielding error by BYU's third baseman Dillon Robinson. He then advanced all the way to third, on the next at bat, due to a snap throwing error by catcher Alex Wolfe. Campbell came home on an RBI sacrifice fly to left field by Garver, giving the Lobos a 6-0 advantage.
The Lobos took a commanding 9-0 lead in the top of the fourth, after adding three more runs. Stiner scored on a throwing error from BYU's Wolfe, his third of the game, while John Twichell provided a two-run single to center for the other two runs in the inning.
BYU scored two runs off a fatigued Jaramillo in the final inning, but it wasn't close to enough, as the Lobos had the game in hand, winning by a final score of 9-2.
UNM snaps a seven-game skid and improves to 11-27 (6-7, MWC) on the season with Jaramillo (3-5) picking up the win.
Game two of the three-game series is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. MT, tomorrow in Provo, Utah.