Feb. 20, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. --- The New Mexico baseball team dropped a pair of games Sunday to No. 11 Arizona State at a rain soaked Packard Stadium. UNM lost game one, 8-1 and battled in game two but fell, 7-5. The Lobos committed a costly eight errors in two games and could not overcome the Sun Devils. Lobo Kyle Stiner highlighted UNM's performance Sunday going 4-for-8 at the plate with a run and an RBI. New Mexico slipped to 0-3 on the year, while ASU improved to 3-0. The fourth game of the series was cancelled due to weather.
New Mexico had 13 hits in the doubleheader. True Freshman DJ Peterson was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the final game.
Game one was a continuation of Saturday's contest. Rain in the Tempe area forced action to be suspended and resumed Sunday. The game was suspended Saturday with Arizona State up 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Sun Devils went on to an 8-1 victory. UNM plated its only run of the game in the first inning on a balk. Ben Woodchick scored the lone run after leading off the game with a walk.
New Mexico showed character in game two Sunday. The Lobos battled from behind the entire game and never gave up. UNM's late rally that scored three-runs in the final two innings fell short. The Sun Devils pulled out the 7-5 victory and swept the series.
The Lobos scored first in the finale but their momentum would be short lived. Stiner gave UNM a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after he hit a triple. He later scored on a pass ball.
The Sun Devils responded with three runs in the bottom of the first. UNM had two critical errors in the inning.
The Lobos added a run in the third inning making it 3-2. Wilson led off the inning with a double to left field and scored on a ground out by Stiner.
ASU wouldn't go away. They scored two more runs in the home half of the fourth inning and led 5-2 at the mid-point.
UNM would get as close as 5-4 with two runs in the top of the eighth but that was as close as the Lobos would get. ASU quickly plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on to a 7-5 victory.
New Mexico's final run came in the ninth but it wasn't enough. UNM had five errors in the second game and was outhit 13-8.
True freshman Jake McCasland got the start and went six innings. McCasland (0-1) took the loss after allowing five runs on 10 hits in his collegiate debut. UNM also used Austin House and Cory Maltz in relief.
The Lobos will host New Mexico State Tuesday in the 2011 home opener at Isotopes Park. First pitch for the Rio Grande Rivalry is set for 3 p.m. MT. Gametracker will be available on GoLobos.com. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team.