Feb. 26, 2011
It wasn't a good day for the Lobos at Isotopes Park. Creighton swept a doubleheader to keep UNM winless on the season. The Bluejays won 4-3 and 10-6. New Mexico is now 0-7 for the first time in school history. Creighton improved to 6-1.
Weather permitting, the two teams are slated to complete their four-game series Sunday at noon.
In game one, it was déjà vu all over again as the Lobos dropped their second straight 4-3 decision to the Bluejays.
Knotted at 3-3 after seven, Creighton pushed across the game winner in the eighth off Lobo reliever Cory Maltz (0-1).
Maltz allowed a leadoff single to Michael Mutcheson, who moved to second on a balk then to third on Maltz's errant pickoff attempt. Mutcheson scored on Alex Staehely's sacrifice fly to center.
Reliever Jack VanLeur (1-0) earned the win for Creighton, allowing just one hit over two innings. Reese McGraw picked up his second save in as many games.
Both starters were superb, each scattering six hits while giving up just one earned run.
New Mexico lefty Rudy Jaramillo provided seven strong innings while Creighton's Jonas Dufek struck out eight in six solid frames.
The Lobos again struggled to get a key hit with men on base.
UNM had a runner on second with one out in the second, a runner on second with two outs in the third and runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, but failed to score each time.
Creighton led 3-0 after scoring a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth. The Lobos battled back to tie it in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by 2B Kyle Stiner followed by a fielding error by Bluejays shortstop Jimmy Swift that allowed two runs - both unearned - to score.
RF Ben Woochick had a pair of doubles for UNM.
One really big inning proved to be New Mexico's undoing in the second game.
Staked to a 4-0 lead after three innings, Lobo starter Richard Olson (0-1) was roughed up in the fourth when the first seven Bluejays batters reached base, and, eventually scored.
Olson faced 19 batters in three-plus innings, giving up seven hits and seven earned runs.
Creighton put it out of reach in the seventh when Anthony Bemboom launched a three-run homer off reliever Austin House to make it 10-4.
The Lobos got their biggest lead of the season following a three-run third. 2B Kyle Stiner delivered a two-run single to put UNM up 4-0.