April 17, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos' baseball team lost its third-straight conference game to the Utah Utes, 9-3, Sunday afternoon.
Just as it did last night, Utah jumped on the Lobos early and often to claim the victory. Utah didn't waste anytime striking first, as it put up two runs in the top of the first inning. Left fielder Shaun Cooper and designated hitter Cody Guymon each had RBIs in the inning. Utah busted things wide open in the top of the second, scoring five runs and taking a commanding 7-0 lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Cooper.
UNM's junior starting pitcher Rudy Jaramillo was replaced after two innings of work in which he surrendered seven runs, six earned, on six hits while striking out two. Jaramillo's replacement, senior Richard Olson, fared much better as he shut the Utes down while he was in the game.
Olson did his best to keep the Lobos in the game as he threw for five shutout innings, allowing just two hits to the Utes.
"I like where I'm at right now throwing the baseball," Olson said. "As long as I keep getting out there and give us a chance to win, I'm happy with that."
The Lobos put two runs up in the second inning as shortstop Alex Allbritton and center fielder Sam Wilson had back-to-back RBI singles out of the eight and nine holes. Unfortunately, that's pretty much the only offensive production the Lobos provided on the day.
Utah starting pitcher Brock Duke picked up the win after holding the Lobos to two runs on four hits over five innings of work. The Lobos added one more run in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early hole they put themselves in.
After taking a second to think about the evaluation of his team thus far, Head Coach Ray Birmingham concluded that he put his team in a tough position this year, considering the schedule he put in front of such an inexperienced group.
"The one thing we don't have is depth," Birmingham said. "They come out fired up to play, but what you've seen is inconsistencies."
After the loss, the Lobos are now 10-27 (5-7, MWC) on the season.
Next up for UNM is a conference series at BYU, beginning at 6:30 p.m. MT, April 21.