New Mexico Lobos drop 3-0 decision at Gonzaga
April 1, 2011
Lobo Baseball -- At Gonzaga
SPOKANE, Wash. -- You have to figure if the first five Lobos in the batting order combine for seven hits, the University of New Mexico is bound to score some runs. That wasn't the case at Gonzaga's Patterson Complex where the Lobos were shutout 3-0 Friday night.
The top of the Lobos' batting order -- Kyle Stiner, Ben Woodchick, Mitchell Garver, DJ Peterson and Luke Campbell -- combined for seven hits, but failed to plate a run over nine innings. The Lobos totaled eight hits on the night while Gonzaga was only a hit better with nine. Neither team committed an error in a quick game that lasted two hours and 19 minutes.
One thing the Bulldogs did that the Lobos didn't do was bundle a few key hits together to produce some runs. Gonzaga got the only runs it would need in the first inning when Eric Lane singled and Billy Moon and Royce Bolinger followed up with doubles. Moon knocked in Lane and Bolinger's blast sent Moon home.
Gonzaga got an insurance run in the bottom of the third when Moon and Bolinger singled and Moon scored on a sacrifice fly by Marco Gonzalez.
Both teams got solid efforts out of their starters. New Mexico's Jake McCasland pitched 6.2 innings allowing seven hits and striking out two. He was relieved by Austin House, who gave up no runs and two hits in 1.1 innings.
Gonzaga's Ryan Carpenter got the win going seven innings allowing six hits while striking out seven Lobos and giving up a single walk. Bulldogs' Cody Martin came in to mop up the final two innings and continued to shut out the young Lobos in notching the save.
The two teams go at each other again on Saturday and Sunday with both games slated for 2 p.m. (MT) starts.
UNM's Stiner went 2-for-4 and Garver went 2-for-3 and were the only Lobos to have multi-hit games. Gonzaga also had nice plate production from the top of its lineup as batters No. 2 through No. 5 combined for eight hits. Lane (No. 2), Moon (No. 3) and Bollinger (No. 4) combined for seven hits and were key to Gonzaga's run production.
The Lobos left two runners on base in the first, second, sixth and eighth innings.
The loss was the third straight for the 9-18 Lobos, who are on a challenging eight-game road swing. After UNM's three-game visit with Gonzaga, the Lobos visit nationally ranked TCU for a three-game Mountain West series set for April 8-10.