May 14, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The Lobos lost both games of a double-header to No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday. In both games UNM put itself into a hole early and did not have enough fire power to climb back out.
"Today, early command problems by Jake McCasland and Sam Wilson hurt us," head coach Ray Birmingham said. "It's two freshman that have to throw strikes. OU is strong offensively. They can hit and are very fast on the bases."
The first two innings doomed the Lobos' chances against No. 8 Oklahoma. UNM starting pitcher Jake McCasland got in trouble early and the Lobos couldn't recover despite a great performance by McCasland's replacement, Alexis Garza. Oklahoma beat the Lobos by a score of 8-3 in game one of Saturday's double header.
Just as they did in the Friday's game, Oklahoma got themselves on the board early with three runs in the first inning. Third baseman Garrett Buechele and first baseman Cameron Seitzer each provided RBI singles, while the other run crossed the plate after DH Evan Mistich grounded into a double play.
The Lobos answered the Sooners in the second with a run of their own, narrowing Oklahoma's lead to 3-1. Sophomore DH John Twichell sent a rope down the left field line, scoring third baseman Quay Grant from second base.
Lobos' starting pitcher McCasland was tagged by the Sooners for three more runs in the second. Oklahoma's right fielder Chris Ellison had an RBI bunt for a single and catcher Tyler Ogle had an RBI single to center to extend the Sooners' lead to 6-1 after two innings of play. McCasland would be replaced during the second inning by freshman Alexis Garza after surrendering six runs, five earned, on six hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.
The Sooners extended their lead to 8-1, after scoring two unearned runs in the third.
The Lobos responded in the fourth, as Kyle `Beep' Stiner smoked a two-run single to left center. Stiner's two RBIs closed Oklahoma's lead to 8-3.
UNM's Garza did a great job in relief, giving up just two unearned runs on three hits while striking out seven. After the second of the two unearned runs crossed the plate, Garza retired 16 Sooners in a row to finish the game. Unfortunately, for Garza and UNM, the Sooners' lead was already too great to overcome. The Lobos lost by a final score of 8-3.
"Our freshman, Alexis Garza, was outstanding today," Birmingham said.
With the loss, UNM drops to 16-34 on the season.
UNM fell behind early to OU in the same fashion as in game one and could not get itself back into the game. The Lobos lost game two by an identical final score of the first game, 8-3.
Oklahoma got things started early once again, scoring three runs in the first inning. Sooners' junior first baseman Cameron Seitzer had an RBI single to left center and junior third baseman Buechele had a two-run double to left.
UNM starting freshman pitcher Sam Wilson didn't get through the first inning and was replaced by sophomore Bobby Mares. Wilson went 2/3 of an inning, surrendering three runs on three hits while walking four. Mares got the Lobos out of the inning with no more damage done. UNM answered back with two runs in the top of the second off OU's starting pitcher Jordan John. Freshman catcher Scott Hauck, who was catching so Garver didn't have to catch two straight games, had an RBI single to right center. Stiner brought in the other run with an RBI sacrifice fly to right. Garver started the game in right field.
The Sooners added a run the third and two in the fourth innings to extend their lead to 6-2.
OU remained consistent, adding another run in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore DH Jack Mayfield smacked an RBI single up the middle to put the Sooners up 7-2.
After not putting any runs up on the board for four consecutive innings, the Lobos finally broke through and added one in the seventh. Stiner scored on a throwing error by Oklahoma's catcher Ogle, closing the Sooners' lead to 7-3.
Oklahoma added another insurance run in the eighth to extend its lead to 8-3. UNM couldn't produce any more runs in the final two innings, losing the game to OU by a final score of 8-3.
The Lobos fall to 16-35 on the season with the loss.
The Lobos look to take at least one game from the Sooners in the fourth and final game of the series, taking place tomorrow at noon MT.