Lobos Drop 8-5 Decision at Nebraska

March 2, 2013

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By Chandler White, UNM Athletics Communications Student Volunteer

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of New Mexico Lobos dropped to 2-5 on Saturday with an 8-5 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-7) at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Neb.

UNM got off to a quick start when its first two batters of the game, Josh Melendez and Sam Haggerty, reached base and forced Nebraska to pitch to UNM's best hitter, DJ Peterson.

Peterson, who was slugging .958 with two home runs and eight RBIs in six games coming into the game, crushed a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence to give the Lobos a 3-0 lead.

New Mexico's starter A.J. Carman was strong for his third-consecutive start. He tossed four innings, allowing four hits and no runs while walking one and striking out three. His scoreless streak is now at 12 2/3 innings and this is his second-straight scoreless outing.

The Lobos were able to tack on another run in the fifth when junior Chase Harris led off with a bunt single to third. He advanced to second on an Alex Allbritton sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field from Josh Melendez giving the Lobos a 4-0 advantage.

To lead off the sixth inning senior and Albuquerque native, Mitch Garver, recorded his 200th career hit with a single to centerfield. Later in the inning Harris hit a two-out RBI single to score Garver and extend New Mexico's lead to 5-0.

The Lobos dominated through the first five-and-a-half innings, but then came the bottom of the sixth.

The Cornhuskers were able to turn the tables and score seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. The Lobos imploded during the inning giving up seven runs on five hits, three errors, and a walk. The seven runs allowed in one inning is the worst on the season. It's also the fourth time the Lobos have given up at least four runs in an inning. All have been key contributors to Lobo's losses.

During the inning the Lobos changed pitchers twice, as solid relief pitching has been a struggle for this Lobo team.

The Lobos threatened in the top of the seventh as they loaded the bases with only one out, but Nebraska reliever Josh Roeder got out of the jam by striking out Garver and Luke Campbell to end the inning.

Nebraska scored another run in the seventh after the lead-off batter singled to center, advanced to third on two wild pitches, then scored on a sacrifice fly to center. The run upped Nebraska's lead to 8-5.

The Cornhuskers finished the game by shutting down the Lobos in order over the last two innings.

Kevin Baumgartner, who relieved Carman, took the loss for the Lobos as he gave up six runs --four earned -- on four hits, a walk, and an error in 1.1 innings pitched.

The Lobos will finish their series against Nebraska tomorrow, at 11:05 am MT.

Notes: Garver and Campbell extended their hitting streaks to six games a piece.