Feb. 19, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The presence and the poise the Lobos placed on the diamond against the No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns didn't score enough runs in a 6-2 loss Friday, but even Texas coach Augie Garrido was impressed by the visitors from Albuquerque.
"They are very well coached. They've got a good presence on the field," said Garrido, following the Longhorns' season-opening win.
The Longhorns made it easy on themselves by jumping to a 3-0 lead after one inning and a 6-0 lead after four. The Lobos held Texas scoreless in the Longhorns' final four innings at the plate. UNM cut the Longhorns' lead to 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning.
However, the Lobos could not push any runs across the plate in the final three innings and fell to 0-1 in the young season. The two teams go at it again at 1 p.m. Saturday on Texas' Disch-Falk Field.
"I'm proud of the Lobos today," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "We went out and we fought against one of the best teams in the country. The Lobos competed and that's what we came to do. I'm proud of them."
The Lobos had decent success against Texas' preseason All-American Taylor Jungmann, scoring two runs and pounding seven hits off the Longhorn ace. Jungmann was solid with eight strikeouts against one walk.
The Lobo bats left the Longhorn a bit frustrated. "I wasn't happy with the seven hits in seven innings," he said. The Lobos got two hits off the Texas bullpen, but failed to score after the sixth. UNM left eight runners on base Friday.
Texas went up 3-0 in the first with the big blow a two-run double down the left field line. The Longhorns went up 4-0 in the second inning off a solo homer by Kyle Lusson, the first career home run for the Texas senior. "It's taken me a while to hit one out of the park," said Lusson.
UNM cut into Texas' lead by one in the top of the fifth. Lobo freshman Alex Allbritton reached on a single, advanced to third off a bunt by Daniel Gonzalez and a groundout by Ben Woodchick. Allbritton scored UNM's first run of the season on a Jungmann wild pitch.
Coach Garrido also was impressed with UNM's pitching. "It was probably the best first day against a high-quality pitching staff that we've had since I've been (at Texas)," he said.
Jaramillo, who fell to 0-1 on the season, gave up only three earned runs against the Longhorns. He went three complete innings and faced two batters in the fourth, both of whom reached base before Jaramillo was relieved by Carl.
The Lobos were led at the plate by captains Willett and junior All-America candidate, Rafael Neda. The two Lobos both went 2-of-4 and each player had a double and a single. Junior Kenny Held went 1-for-3 driving in Juarez in the sixth for UNM's only RBI of the game. Juarez and John Michael Twichell both had doubles for UNM.
The Lobos play No. 1 Texas at 1 p.m. Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Lobo fans can pick up the game live on 101.7-FM The Team. For more information, visit www.GoLobo.com