May 7, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos shut out the Air Force Falcons for the second-straight afternoon in a 10-0 demolition. The last time the Lobos had two shutouts in a row was on March 17, 1983, when UNM defeated Iowa State, 1-0, and Wyoming, 5-0, on the same day.
The Lobos used two five-run innings (2nd and 5th innings) to blow the game open and leave Air Force in the dust.
"There are a lot of things that I see as a coach that we have to get better at as time goes on, but we did get the result today" head coach Ray Birmingham said. "The young kids are competing and that's good."
UNM busted things wide open in the second, putting five runs up on the board. Kyle 'Beep' Stiner had the big hit in the inning, as he sent a rope down the right-field line for a three-run triple. Center fielder Sam Wilson and shortstop Alex Allbritton also had RBIs in the inning to give the Lobos an early 5-0 advantage.
Lobos' freshman starter Jake McCasland channeled his inner Rudy Jaramillo, as he was lights out, just as Jaramillo was in the first game. McCasland's four-hit complete-game shutout was identical to Jaramillo's performance on Friday. The big right-hander from Farmington, N.M, definitely had the best game of his career.
"Today I was trying to go out there and throw strikes and get some ground balls," McCasland said. "I was having a little trouble early and couldn't find my rhythm, but I figured it out."
McCasland's teammates exploded once again on the offensive end in the fifth to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Junior third baseman Quay Grant, who had a fantastic day defensively, got things started in the inning with an RBI single to the shortstop. Luke Campbell then brought Grant home, after Grant advanced to third on two wild pitches from Falcons' starting pitcher Ben Bertleson. Logan Lippert, Stiner and Wilson all added RBI's to round out the scoring for the Lobos in the inning.
"Coming back home and getting these two wins under our belt is really good for us," Grant said. "A win is a win for us and we will take all we can get,"
With the victory, UNM improves to 15-32 on the season with a 9-11 record in Mountain West Conference play.
Tomorrow's game is slated for a noon MT start and will be held at Lobo Field.