March 4, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team finished off a disappointing series with a 4-0 loss at the hands of the 16th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners Sunday.
The Lobos saw Oklahoma jump out to an early 3-0 lead, as the Sooners scored two runs in the first and added another in the second. Oklahoma's talented freshman Hunter Lockwood got things started with an RBI single deep in the hole to short, and Evan Mistich followed up with a big homer to left to give OU the early 2-0 lead. It was the eighth straight game the Lobos allowed a run in the first inning. The Sooners' third run came by way of a Max White RBI single up the middle that brought Jack Mayfield home.
UNM starter Austin House settled in after the rocky start, striking out six in seven innings and scattering 11 hits, all singles aside from Mistich's home run. He threw 80 of his 116 pitches for strikes and only walked one.
"I struggled a little bit in the first and the second innings," he said. "They got a good lineup. They like to run a little bit. From that standpoint they did what they had to do. I did what I had to do. It didn't work out, but we're making improvements and that's all that matters."
The Lobos were shut down offensively by Oklahoma starter Jonathan Gray and reliever Jordan John. Gray allowed only four hits in five innings to earn his first win of the season. John was even better, allowing only one hit in four innings to earn his first career save. Kyle Stiner and Alex Allbritton each went 2-for-3, and the only other hit UNM managed was a second-inning single by Trey Porras.
"It's a growing situation with a young team, new guys, and great competition," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. "We're not going to lower the bar.
"We want to try to go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the country and make this program grow. It's going to be hard for a while, but it's how you do at the end and that's what we're counting on."
The Lobos fall to 2-8 after being swept in the three-game series by the Sooners. Next up, UNM will travel south to Las Cruces to face in-state-rival New Mexico State in the first of four games this season against the Aggies. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday. ESPN Radio 101.7 and Lobo broadcaster Scott Galetti will broadcast the game live from Las Cruces, and GoLobos.com will provide gametracker, stats and recap of the game.