Lobos Shut Out by Nebraska 3-0

March 3, 2013

Box Score

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of New Mexico baseball team was shutout by Nebraska Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-0. The Lobos (2-6) outhit the Cornhuskers (2-7) but couldn't come through with the big hit when they needed it most.

It was the first time UNM had been shutout since last April 7 at Air Force.

Lobo starter Sam Wolff (1-1) was effective in his 5 2/3 innings of work, but he wasn't as good as his counterpart, Christian DeLeon.

DeLeon kept the Lobos off-balance all game as he induced 11 groundouts, plus two double plays, to go with his five strikeouts.

Nebraska got the scoring started early in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. A walk, a sacrifice, a stolen base, and an RBI groundout gave the Cornhuskers an early 1-0 lead.

The teams then traded zeroes until the sixth. After two quick outs, Wolff had an 0-2 count on Nebraska's Chad Christensen, but the senior Cornhusker doubled down the right field line. Wolff then quickly worked a 1-2 count on Nebraska's cleanup hitter, Josh Scheffert.

Scheffert, though, came through with a home run to left to boost Nebraska's lead to 3-0. Wolff allowed four hits and struck out six.

UNM did not go down quietly, however. In the seventh Mitch Garver and Luke Campbell walked and singled, respectively, with no outs, but a double play and a groundout ended the threat.

In the eighth the Lobos had runners on first and second with one out, but Sam Haggerty and DJ Peterson both struck out, stranding the runners. In the ninth, the Lobos once again had two men on and only one out, but pinch hitters John Pustay and Ryan Padilla grounded out to end the game.

Campbell led the Lobos with a 3-for-4 performance. Garver, Josh Melendez, Alex Real, Jared Holley, and Alex Allbritton each also had a hit for UNM.

Josh Walker, Will Mathis, and Hobie McClain combined to hurl 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

The Lobos return home for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the LaSalle Explorers.

Notes: Holley returned to action for the first time since sustaining a concussion against Oklahoma St. on Feb. 16 ... Padilla, in the midst of a 3-for-31 slump to begin the season, did not start for the first time since March 11 last year against Gonzaga ... Chase Harris did not reach base at least once for the first time all season ... Garver and Melendez are the only Lobos to reach base safely in all eight games this season.