May 6, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos put together one of their most complete defensive games in shutting out the Air Force Falcons 5-0 Friday afternoon.
UNM starting pitcher Rudy Jaramillo was the star of the afternoon, as he completely dominated the Falcons from start to finish. Jaramillo threw a complete-game four-hit shutout to give the Lobos the 5-0 victory. His nine strikeouts in the game ended up tying his previous best of the season.
"It was a great shutout by Rudy Jaramillo," Head Coach Ray Birmingham said. "That's probably one of the better offensive teams Air Force has had since I've been here and Rudy found a way to cure it."
Junior left-fielder Luke Campbell provided the bulk of the offensive fire power for the Lobos after smacking a three-run jack to left in the sixth. Campbell's homer proved to be insurance runs for the Lobos, as it put UNM ahead by what proved to be the final score, 5-0. Logan Lippert and Alex Allbritton were responsible for the Lobos' other runs, as each had an RBI in the fifth.
"Just having this last week off and being able to rest up a bit and come back home where we are comfortable was good for us," Campbell explained.
This is the second complete game Jaramillo has thrown this season, but it's his first shutout. The junior left-hander was absolutely masterful in his performance. He never let a Falcon runner advance past second base the entire game. Jaramillo now leads UNM in wins, as he improves to 4-6 on the season with the victory.
"We just threw fastballs and changeups the whole game," Jaramillo said. "I only threw one curveball. I just let my defense do their work."
The Lobos improve to 14-32 on the season with a record of 8-11 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Falcons drop to 17-29 on the season with a 2-13 record in MWC play.
Tomorrow's game has a noon MT start and will feature Lobos' freshman right-hander Jake McCasland (1-5, 5.79 ERA) versus the Falcons' junior righty Evan Abrecht (5-6, 7.36 ERA).