Lobos Done in by Dons, 9-5
April 20, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team suffered from a bout of poor pitching, using six arms in a 9-5 loss to the University of San Francisco Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. The Lobos (24-14) found themselves in an early 3-0 hole seven batters into the contest and never recovered as the Dons (20-16) added on just enough throughout the contest to earn the victory.
San Francisco made short work of starter Richard Olson (3-3), who recorded two outs to open the first inning, but walked and hit a batter before surrendering a two-run double and an RBI single to prompt his early exit as the Dons took the immediate 3-0 advantage.
Reliever Austin House spelled Olson, pitching 3.2 innings before giving up a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that would make it 5-1 San Francisco. Although UNM plated a run off an RBI single from Chris Juarez in the first, the Lobo bats were kept uncharacteristically silent, as Haden Hinkle (2-0) retired 11 straight Lobos after the first-inning tally.
The Lobos sliced the lead in half, however, with a double to left-center from Adam Courcha. After Hinkle walked Max Willett and Alex Allbritton singled to left, Daniel Gonzalez mastered another sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, allowing the pair to score easily on Courcha's two-bagger and cut the San Francisco lead to 5-3.
The Dons responded with two runs in the fifth and sixth as the UNM bullpen went through three pitchers in the fifth inning alone before Jason Oatman entered to retire three straight. By the time Oatman arrived, the Dons had scored two via a long ball and a bases loaded walk from Oscar Almeida to go up 7-5.
San Francisco added two more in the seventh with a wacky error from Rafael Neda. With runners on first and third, Neda attempted to pick-off the runner on first, but his throw went off the bat of Robert Abel and into the stands, allowing the runner from third to score and the runner from first to move to third on what was ruled a two-base error. The next batter roped a single that scored the runner from third and put the Dons ahead 9-3.
The Lobos had chances to strike back, getting two runs in the eighth with a bases loaded walk to Mitchell Garver and a bases loaded hit by pitch to Cameron Smith to cut their deficit to 9-5. With one out and the bags still juiced, however, Allbritton hit into an inning, and rally, ending double play and the Lobos went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
New Mexico looks to rebound against San Francisco tomorrow, sending lefty Rudy Jaramillo to the hill in a 6 p.m. start at Isotopes Park.