April 27, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lobos got some revenge on Texas Tech Wednesday night, as they beat the Red Raiders by a final score of 8-4.
UNM used an early scoring surge to claim the victory over Texas Tech. The Lobos scored five runs in the first two innings and refused to look back. Tech was able to get the game to within a run, 5-4, during the sixth inning, but the Lobos' weren't fazed by that, however, as they added insurance runs in the seventh to extend their lead to what proved to be the final score, 8-4.
Lobos' second baseman Kyle 'Beep' Stiner made sure his team went up first, as he slammed a solo home run to right center to lead off the game. Stiner's homer coupled with an RBI single by designated hitter Jake Nelson gave the Lobos' an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Texas Tech scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first when Red Raiders' shortstop Kelby Tomlinson scored on a passed ball, closing the Lobos' lead to 2-1 after one.
UNM kept the pressure on Texas Tech in the second as it added three more runs to extend its lead to 5-1. Shortstop Alex Allbritton blasted a ball to left field for a two-run double and third baseman DJ Peterson added an RBI single to right.
Although Lobos' starting pitcher Bobby Mares saw a run cross the plate in the first inning, he actually didn't allow a hit before being replaced in the fifth inning by Oscar Almeida. On the day, Mares gave up zero earned runs on zero hits while striking out two.
Almeida struggled after replacing Mares, as he loaded the bases and walked in a run, recording just one out before head coach Ray Birmingham replaced him with center fielder Sam Wilson. Wilson surrendered an RBI sacrifice fly to Tech's David Paiz that closed the Lobos' lead to 5-3. Both runs scored in the inning were charged to Almeida.
It was Déjà vu all over again in the sixth inning for the Lobos, as Wilson walked in a run with the bases loaded. The run was unearned because the player that scored, Tech's Bo Altobelli, reached on a throwing error earlier in the inning by UNM's Stiner. The Lobos' lead was shortened to 5-4 by the end of the sixth inning.
Almost as if they realized they were letting the game slip away from them, the Lobos put together a big seventh inning that put them ahead, 8-4. All three of the Lobos' runs were unearned thanks to a pair of throwing errors from Tech's first baseman Stephen Hagen and third baseman Reid Redman.
After the seventh, the Lobos cruised to victory as neither team was able to score a run over the final two innings.
Sam Wilson (2-2) picks up the win for the Lobos as UNM improves to 13-29 on the season.
The Lobos will next face UNLV at 8 p.m. MT on April 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lobos swept the Rebels three games to none in a conference series early this season at Isotopes Park. All three games will be broadcast live by ESPN 101.7 The TEAM.