April 2, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Lobos’ struggles on the road continued in game two of their three-game series against Gonzaga, as UNM lost 17-4 to the Bulldogs.
Neither team scored in the first two innings of the game. By the fourth inning, the Lobos were down 6-2, however, and were never able to climb back out of the hole, as Gonzaga kept pouring on the runs. UNM wouldn’t score again until the ninth, adding two, after the game had all but been decided.
Gonzaga’s starting left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson kept the Lobos quiet as his team built a solid lead during his 6 1/3 innings of work. When Olson left the game during the seventh inning, the Bulldogs had already built an 11-2 lead over the Lobos.
UNM’s starting sophomore pitcher Bobby Mares wasn’t as solid as Gonzaga’s Olson, as he left the game after 4 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs on ten hits while picking up the loss.
Contributing to the Lobos’ runs were junior right fielder Ben Woodchick (solo-homer in the third) and junior left fielder Luke Campbell (solo-homer in the fourth). The Lobos other two runs in the ninth were unearned, as Woodchick and sophomore Mitchell Garver scored due to a fielding error by Gonzaga’s shortstop Steven Halcomb.
The Lobos fall to 9-19 overall with the loss, while Gonzaga improves to 15-8-1 on the season.
The Lobos are young and still learning how to play on the road against tough teams. They look to rebound against Gonzaga tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. MT in the final game of the series in Spokane, Wash.
Tomorrow’s game will feature left-hander Rudy Jaramillo (2-2, 4.37 ERA) for the Lobos versus lefty Marco Gonzalez (3-2, 2.92 ERA) of the Bulldogs.