UNM Loses to Air Force 11-4
April 7, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of New Mexico baseball team (16-15, 8-4) dropped an 11-4 decision against the Air Force Falcons (9-21, 3-8) Sunday afternoon.
The Lobos still won the series, though, as they took two out of three from the Falcons, and they remain in first place in the Mountain West after going 2-1 in each of their first four conference series.
Chase Harris hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning, Josh Melendez went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Luke Campbell went 3-for-4 with a run as the duo led the Lobo offense. Campbell is now seven for his last nine with four runs and six RBI.
Junior righty A.J. Carman (1-1) suffered his first career loss. He allowed seven runs in five innings as the Falcons pounded out 16 hits against Lobo pitching.
Air Force jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second courtesy of two doubles and a home run. The Lobos came right back and scored twice in the top of the third on Harris' home run, but the Falcons would then go on to score the next six runs of the game to put UNM in a 9-2 hole.
The Lobos scored a pair of two-out runs in the eighth on a double by Campbell, a single by Josh Melendez, and a double by Alex Allbritton, but the Falcons countered with a pair of their own in the bottom of the inning and the Lobos were unable to generate any offense in the ninth.
Despite the loss the Lobos will remain in first place in the MW no matter the outcomes of the other league games Sunday. UNM came in to the day with a one-game lead over both UNLV and San Diego St., but the Lobos hold the tiebreaker over each thanks to 2-1 records against both schools.
The Lobos remain on the road as they travel to preseason No. 1 Arkansas for a two-game set Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games will be broadcast live by ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team with Robert Portnoy providing the play-by-play.
Notes: Jared Holley was hit by a pitch for a conference-leading 12th time ... Sam Haggerty and DJ Peterson both drew two walks and they lead the team with 24 and 21, respectively ... this was only the second loss the Lobos have suffered to Air Force in 23 games under head coach Ray Birmingham.