Lobos Lose First Road Game of Season 13-3

Feb. 24, 2012

The University of New Mexico baseball team struggled in its first road game of the season, losing to the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners 13-3 Friday night. Starter Austin House (0-2) failed to get out of the fifth inning, allowing six runs on seven hits. Add in his five walks and 12 of the 25 batters he faced reached base.

House was not the only one who struggled, though. The numbers were not pretty for Lobo pitchers on the whole. Each of the six Lobo pitchers gave up at least one hit, and as a group they allowed 13 runs, 16 hits, seven walks, and hit two batters. The defense didn't help them out by committing three errors. The Roadrunners also stole seven bases in eight attempts. The score could have been even more lopsided if the Roadrunners didn't leave 11 men on base.

The Lobos fell behind by multiple runs early for the third time in four games this season. The Roadrunners scored twice in the first and once in the third to take a quick 3-0 lead. The Lobos managed to strike back and tie the game with three runs in the fourth, however. DJ Peterson led off with a walk, and Josh Melendez followed with a single. Mitchell Garver then doubled down the left field line, driving in both Peterson and Melendez. Consecutive groundouts by Erik Suarez and Alex Real scored Garver.

But after that the wheels fell off as UTSA scored the last 10 runs of the game. They batted around and scored four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth, then added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, to take a 10-3 lead.

The Lobos threatened to make it a game in the top of the seventh by loading the bases with two outs, but Peterson struck out looking for the second time in the game to snuff the rally. UTSA added three more in the bottom half of the frame to finish off the scoring.

Two bright spots in the Lobo lineup, though, were Melendez and Garver. Melendez scored his team-leading fifth run and went 3-4 to raise his average to .583 (7-12), while Garver went 2-4 to raise his average to .429 (6-14) and is leading the team with five RBIs. So far this season they are the only consistent offensive threats for UNM, as no other starter is hitting above .300.

The teams square off in a doubleheader Saturday, with senior Rudy Jaramillo likely to get his first start of the season for the Lobos in game one, and junior Sam Wolff the probable starter in game two.