Creighton Stuns Lobos in 11 Innings, 8-7
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/27/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 27, 2011

Box Score

This one really hurts. Creighton scored an unearned run in the 11th inning for a stunning 8-7 victory over New Mexico at Isotopes Park. UNM led 6-0 after two innings and 7-3 at the end of six, but couldn't prevail in its attempt to win for the first time in 2011.

The Bluejays' Nick Judkins scored from third with two outs following a fielding error by SS Alex Allbritton.

Judkins led off the 11th with a single to right. He moved all the way to third on Jimmy Swift's sacrifice bunt when no Lobo covered the bag. Bobby Mares struck out Trever Adams for the second out.

Creighton's four-game sweep drops UNM to 0-8. The Bluejays improve to 7-1.

UNM had chances to take the lead in the eighth or win it in extra innings.

CF Sam Wilson started the eighth with his third single of the day. He moved to second on Ben Woodchick's sacrifice then to third on a flyout by 2B Kyle Stiner. After 1B DJ Peterson walked, Creighton reliever Reese McGraw got C Mitchell Garver on a foul popup.

In the 10th, consecutive Creighton errors placed Wilson and Woodchick on first and second with one out. However, Wilson was thrown out trying to steal third and McGraw got Stiner looking.

The Lobos loaded the bases on McGraw with two outs in the 11th, but Allbritton flew out to left to end the game.

Mares (0-2) was definitely the hard luck loser. He kept the game tied at 7-7 after escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Mares allowed just two hits in five innings of relief.

McGraw (2-0) earned the win for the Bluejays.

New Mexico held a 7-3 lead starting the seventh when freshman Alexis Garza relieved starter Jake McCasland.

Garza failed to retire any of the six batters he opposed. A double and hit batter placed runners on first and second with no one out.

Garza and UNM were hurt when Stiner dropped Allbritton's relay throw to second on a potential double-play grounder. One run scored on Stiner's error.

After a single by Jordan Makovicka loaded the bases, Garza walked Judkins to force in a run. Swift delivered a two-run single through the left side as the Bluejays tied it at 7-all. Garza gave up four runs, three earned.

Enter Mares, who inherited the bases-full quandary. He extinguished the Bluejays' rally by striking out Alex Staehely, getting a forceout at the plate and retiring Chance Ross on a flyout.

UNM chased Creighton starter Erik Mattingly in the second inning. Seven of the first 11 Lobos hit safely. Mattingly gave up six earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings.

The Lobos took a 2-0 lead in the first when Garver doubled home Stiner and Peterson.

UNM got four more in the second on Woodchick's sacrifice fly, a bases-loaded walk to Garver and a two-out, two-run single by 3B Quay Grant.

Creighton scored its first two runs in the top of the fourth with three straight doubles off McCasland. The Bluejays added a single run with two outs in the sixth on a double and two wild pitches by McCasland.

McCasland was efficient in six innings of work, scattering seven hits. He struck out four and walked none.

Garver went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs. Quay knocked in a pair while going 2-for-6. Stiner was 3-for-6 with two runs scored while Wilson went 3-for-5.

The Lobos host Texas-San Antonio in a four-game series starting Friday at 3 at Isotopes Park.