April 12, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos hit the snot out of the ball, but couldn't produce any runs as they lost to Texas Tech 4-1 Tuesday afternoon.
UNM had eleven hits over the course of the game, but only put one run up on the board, leaving 10 runners on base after nine innings of play. Texas Tech didn't produce many runs in the game either, but the four they did put up proved to be enough to win the game.
"We had eleven hits and one run, and that's the difference" Head Coach Ray Birmingham said. "Offensively we hit the ball. We just didn't hit the ball with two outs and runners on."
Lobos' starting pitcher Sam Wilson had a decent outing, as he gave up four runs on five hits to go along with six strikeouts in five innings of work. Wilson's downfall was giving up the long ball, as Texas Tech got the bulk of its runs on home runs by first baseman Stephen Hagan (solo homer, 2nd inning) and sophomore Barnett Barnes (two-run homer, 5th inning).
"I thought Sam Wilson pitched very well. He has a bright future," said Birmingham.
The Lobos started the game out promising, as they put up a run in the second inning to tie the game at one all. Alex Allbritton drove in the run with a single to left field, bringing home DJ Peterson. Peterson got himself on base with a triple to left center in the previous at-bat. On the day, Peterson scored the Lobos only run and was the only Lobo with multiple hits, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple. Peterson was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
Texas Tech starter Jamen Parten had a nice day as he threw for four innings, surrendering just one run on six hits. His replacement, Brennan Stewart, picked up the win for the Red Raiders, after giving up zero runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings.
The Lobos rallied in the bottom of the ninth, and looked as if they were going to make it a game, loading up the bases with just one out. Junior third baseman Quay Grant stepped to the plate and swung at the first pitch, only to hit into a game-ending double play.
UNM's Sam Wilson picks up the loss, while Texas Tech's Stewart records the win and John Neely gets the save.
With the loss the Lobos fall to 10-23 on the season, while the Red Raiders improve to 21-13.
The Lobos look for redemption as they face Texas Tech in the final game of the two-game set at noon MT, tomorrow at Isotopes Park.