Lobos Lose Wild Game 15-14
Feb. 16, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team lost a wild game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a score of 15-14 in 13 innings at Isotopes Park in front of 1,012 fans Saturday. After rallying from an early 5-0 deficit the Lobos proceeded to blow a late 14-6 lead by allowing four runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The Lobos were in position to win the game with two outs in the ninth, but Tanner Krietemeier bounced a seeing-eye single just past Alex Real at first on an 0-2 pitch to score two runs and push the game into extra innings.
The Cowboys then managed to eke out a run in the 13th off Will Mathis, and, despite having runners on first and third with nobody out, the Lobos were unable to score in the bottom half of the frame.
Things looked bleak for the Lobos right from the start. The Cowboys jumped out on Lobo starter Anthony Consiglio in a hurry. They scored five runs in the first courtesy of two walks, a double, and two two-run home runs.
The Lobos weren't down for long, however, as they struck back in the bottom of the second for seven runs, keyed by a DJ Peterson grand slam, and would go on to score 14 of the next 15 runs. This was partially due to the work of Kevin Baumgartner. The junior college transfer out of Paradise Valley Community College came on in relief of Consiglio in the third inning and shut down the Cowboys over the next five frames, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out six and throwing 40 of his 66 pitches for strikes.
Once he left the game, however, things turned sour for the Lobos once again. In the final two innings Lobo pitchers surrendered eight hits, a walk and two hit batters and the defense committed two costly errors. Real dropped a foul popup that would have ended the eighth before the final two runs came across, and Sam Haggerty bobbled a ground ball with the bases empty and one out in the ninth.
Despite the blown lead, the Lobos still had numerous chances to win the game. They had the potential winning run in scoring position in the ninth, 12th and 13th innings, but couldn't come through with the game-winning hit in each circumstance. Oklahoma State, on the other hand, managed three two-out hits in their eighth and ninth inning rallies. The Lobos left 12 men on base during the game.
UNM recorded 17 hits against eight different Cowboy pitchers and every starter recorded at least one, but only four went for extra bases. Peterson and Luke Campbell finished with three hits apiece to lead the Lobos. Peterson went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and 5 RBI. Campbell finished 3-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
The Lobos will look to avoid the series sweep Sunday afternoon at 1 at Isotopes Park. Senior Sam Wolff will get the start on the mound for the Lobos.
Notes: UNM finished with five errors. The last time the Lobos committed five errors was in a 10-7 victory over UNLV on May 5 last season ... freshman Jared Holley was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning and had to leave the game. He was replaced by Alex Allbritton who was not expected to play in the series due to a broken index finger ... Lobo pitchers recorded 15 strikeouts.