Lobos Lose Wild Game To Utes, 15-11
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/17/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 16, 2011

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ALBUQUERQUE - The Lobo baseball team lost in a wild game against Utah Saturday night, 15-11.

UNM found itself in a 10-0 whole early in the game, before cutting the Utes lead to 12-11. Unfortunately, the Lobos fell behind for good in the final innings.

Spearheaded by a five-run first inning, the Utes would go on to claim a 10-0 lead after four innings of play. Utah third baseman Trey Nielsen did something not seen everyday on a baseball diamond, hit an inside-the-park grand slam that helped give the Utes a 5-0 lead after one. The slam happened due in part to UNM's right fielder Ben Woodchick falling over after running into the wall. Woodchick ended up tweaking his ankle after his cleat dug into where the ground meets the wall. Trey Porras replaced him in the bottom of the inning when the Lobos were up to bat.

Lobos' freshman starting pitcher Alexis Garza was replaced after giving up ten runs on ten hits during the four-inning onslaught.  

"The pitching stunk to high heaven today," Head Coach Ray Birmingham said. "It's too bad because I thought our forte would be pitching this season."

The Lobos battled back in the middle innings, beginning with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. DJ Peterson, Alex Allbritton and Quay Grant all provided the RBIs in the inning.

The Lobos added two more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double from Peterson and an RBI bases-loaded ground out from left fielder Luke Campbell to put the score at 10-6.

After adding a run in the sixth, the Lobos exploded for five in the seventh to pull within one run of Utah, 12-11. The Lobos scored two runs on wild pitches from Utah's Tyler Wagner, while also adding runs on RBI singles form Quay Grant and Sam Wilson. Peterson collected his third RBI on the night with a double to left center.

The rally fell short for the Lobos, however, as Utah added insurance runs in the seventh (2), eighth (2) and ninth (1) innings to win the game by a final score of 15-11.

UNM falls to 10-26 on the season while Utah improves to 15-13 overall. Garza picks up the loss for the lobos while Luke West gets the win for the Utes.

Tomorrow's game is slated for a 1 p.m. MT start and can be heard live on ESPN 101.7 The TEAM.