April 5, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of New Mexico baseball team routed Air Force Thursday 19-0 for its 21st straight victory over the Falcons. The Lobos banged out a season-high 23 hits to back starter Austin House who struck out 10 in a nine-inning complete game shutout.
The Lobos scored at least one run in the first eight innings and it is the most runs they have scored in a game since putting up 20 against San Diego State on May 2, 2010.
John Pustay tied a UNM record with six hits. He is the first Lobo to record six hits in one game since Justin Howard did so against Coppin State on April 18, 2010. He also drove in five runs and scored four. The 23 hits by the Lobos is the most since they recorded 29 in that same game.
DJ Peterson went four for five with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored. He now has eight home runs on the season, which is more two more than he had all of last season. Five other Lobos had at least two hits.
The Lobos did most of their damage in the sixth and seventh innings. Already leading 7-0 they batted around and scored six runs in the sixth and added five more in the seventh.
Mitchell Garver led off the sixth with a single between second and third. Ben Woodchick followed with a single to left. Peterson then doubled, scoring Garver and sending Woodchick to third. Trey Porras walked two batters later to load the bases for Alex Allbritton.
He singled to left to score two runs and send Porras to second. Pustay followed with a single up the middle to score Porras. Kyle Stiner then singled to right to knock home Allbritton. Garver, in his second at bat of the inning, singled to score Pustay and end the scoring in that frame.
The Lobos were right back at it in the seventh, though. Peterson led off with a walk. Ryan Padilla followed with a single up the middle to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and send Peterson to second. Josh Melendez reached on an infield single and the bases were loaded.
Peterson scored on a fielder's choice by Porras, and the bases remained loaded thanks to an error by the Falcons' second baseman, David Baska. Allbritton followed with a single to knock home Padilla, and Melendez and Porras scored when Pustay singled to right. Stiner then drove home Allbritton with a fielder's choice, which increased the lead to 18-0.
Peterson finished the scoring with his second home run of the day, a solo shot leading off the eighth. His first home run was also a solo bomb, which led off the third inning.
As good as the Lobos were offensively, House was equally as dominant on the bump. He set a career-high in strikeouts in his first career complete game and shutout.
"It was a great game by Austin," Birmingham said. "A shutout in this yard is a big deal."
He allowed only four hits and kept the Falcons off-balance all game. It was the first time the Lobos shut out an opponent since blanking the Falcons in back-to-back games May 6-7, 2011. In fact, this is the third time the Lobos have shut out Air Force in the last four meetings between the teams.
The next game of the series takes place Friday at 3 p.m. (MT) at Falcon Field. Sophomore Josh Walker will get the start for the Lobos. Fans can listen to the game live on 101.7 The Fan.