March 12, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Lobos lost another nail-biter to Oklahoma State, this time in extra innings, as the Cowboys won in the 11th inning, 4-3.
The Lobos’ offensive came out of the gate swinging in the first inning as first baseman DJ Peterson brought home the Lobos first run of the game with an RBI single down the left side, scoring junior Kyle Stiner from third, giving the Lobos the early lead, 1-0.
Oklahoma State answered back in the bottom of the second as designated hitter Jared Womack scored on second baseman Dane Duren’s sacrifice fly, tying the game up at one a piece. On the very next at-bat first baseman Zach Johnson ripped an RBI single to left field, giving the Cowboys a 2-1 advantage.
For the second-straight game, the Lobos received another strong performance from the starting pitcher position as freshman Jake McCasland lasted six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four.
Oklahoma State sophomore pitcher Andrew Heaney had a nice day on the mound for the Cowboys as he threw for 6 1/3 solid innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up four hits to go along with six strikeouts.
Heaney’s day came to an end in the seventh, however, as the Lobos used some great instincts on the base paths to tie the game at three a piece. After the first two Lobo batters earned walks, Head Baseball Coach Ray Birmingham decided to have Ben Woodchick lay down a sacrifice bunt, that, in turn, advanced both runners. After the sacrifice, Heaney was replaced by Oklahoma State relief pitcher Chris Marlowe. Birmingham’s decision to play some small ball ended up paying off as Marlowe threw a wild pitch, scoring Alex Albritton from third and advancing Sam Wilson from second to third, closing the gap to 3-2. After striking out the next batter, Marlowe threw another wild pitch, bringing home Wilson, tying the game at three a piece.
New Mexico's sophomore right-hander Bobby Mares would come on in the eighth to replace McCasland. Mares fared well as he shut out the Cowboys for three innings, unfortunately, Oklahoma State got to Mares in the bottom of the 11th as shortstop Hunter Bailey scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Zach Johnson, giving the Cowboys the win, 4-3. Walking Bailey early in the inning proved to be a costly mistake for Mares and the Lobos as Bailey got to second on a fielder’s choice, and then to third on a throwing error by third baseman Quay Grant, eventually scoring on the sacrifice fly to end the game.
New Mexico’s Mares (1-3) was issued the loss and Oklahoma State’s Marlowe (1-0) was credited with the win.
This was just the second extra-inning game for the Lobos this season. They are now 0-2 in extra inning games this year after today’s loss. The loss puts the Lobos at 3-12 on the season, while the Cowboys improve to 11-3.
The Lobos will try to leave Stillwater, Okla., on a good note tomorrow as the Lobos battle the Cowboys at 12 p.m. MT.