June 6, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. --- The University of New Mexico baseball team just couldn't get things going today in an elimination game at the 2010 NCAA Fullerton Regional. The Lobos lost to host Cal State Fullerton, 11-3, to end the season. New Mexico finishes the 2010 season with a 38-22 record and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1962.
"We got our butts kicked," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "They played well, we didn't pitch well and (Fullerton) swung the bats well. We're proud of our team. I want to build something like (the) Fullerton (program) in New Mexico."
The Titans got on the board in the first inning on a 2-run home run by Corey Jones to start the scoring. Christian Colon drove in two runs and scored the third Cal State Fullerton run in the second to put the Titans up, 5-0.
The Lobos responded in the bottom of the second, cutting the CSF lead to three. Chris Juarez score the first Lobo run on a Daniel Gonzalez single. Adam Courcha followed with a single to score Max Willett, 5-2. Then the Lobo bats went quiet, while Fullerton's built up an 11-2 lead.
Nick Ramirez hit a solo home run to start the third for Cal State Fullerton and chase Lobo starter Mike Lachapelle off the mound. Reliever Kenny Toves also allowed a Titan run in the third for a 7-2 lead.
The Titans went on to add three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to build up an 11-2 lead.
Freshman Jacob Nelson, playing first base for the injured Justin Howard, ended the top of the eighth on the receiving end of a double play from freshman third baseman Alex Allbritton. He turned around and started the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot to right field, 11-3.
"This guy (Nelson) is indicative of the freshmen entering our program," said Birmingham. "This kid is the next Justin Howard. We drew scenarios and what ifs (all season) and it happened yesterday."
Nelson was the top hitter for the Lobos going 3-for-5 with the home run and an RBI. He was the only Lobo with multiple hits in the game.
"Justin and the other players were telling me before the game `don't try to do too much, just do what you do'," said Nelson. "Justin's one of the best players I've ever seen play."