Lobos fall to No. 9/8 Arkansas, 5-4
April 14, 2010
FAYETTVILLE, Ark. - The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team fell to No. 9/8 Arkansas tonight at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. For the second night in a row, the Lobos fall by one run to the top-10 ranked Razorbacks. The Lobos racked up seven runs off 16 hits over the two-game series. Coming into the series with the Lobos, Arkansas was averaging 13.3 runs per game over its last ten outings. The Lobos held the Razorbacks to four runs in game one and five in game two. New Mexico falls to 21-13 on the season. Arkansas improves to 28-6.
"Lobo baseball is now at a level where we can compete and beat the best of the best," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "We left Arkansas with a lot of respect. The Razorbacks are one of the favorites to win the College World Series and we took it to them both nights. We left runners in scoring position and we played a great game against a great team. We played well and I'm proud of our team."
Down 3-0 in the top of the fourth, the Lobos got two runs off one hit. Freshman Mitchell Garver doubled to left field and scored senior Max Willett from second base. Senior Adam Courcha grounded out to the short stop and scored Garver from third for the Lobos' second run of the inning.
The Lobos tied the game at four in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Ben Woodchick led off with a single to right field and Garver followed with a single of his own. Senior Daniel Gonzalez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Woodchick to third and Garver to second. Woodchick scored on a wild pitch to make the score, 4-3. Courcha picked up his second RBI with a single to left field that scored Garver from third for the Lobos final run of the game.
Arkansas picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth to take the game, 5-4.
Courcha led the Lobos at the plate with his two hits and two RBIs. Garver went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Junior All-America candidate Rafael Neda also was 2-for-4.
Junior Kenny Toves (2-1) picked up the loss for the Lobos, throwing 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits. The combination of junior Mike Lachaplle, freshman Bobby Mares and Jason Oatman combined for 2.2 scoreless innings, while giving up only one hit.
The Lobos host Coppin State in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday in Albuquerque. Friday's game will broadcast live on 101.7 FM The TEAM. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.