Doubles Galore, But 'Dogs Done In by UNM's Big 7th
April 12, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Fresno State baseball team gave itself a chance to pick up what could have been a key conference road win, but the Bulldogs fell victim to New Mexico's big seventh inning in dropping the Mountain West series opener with the Lobos 11-4 on Friday afternoon.
Fresno State (8-21, 3-8 Mountain West) collected 14 hits, including seven doubles, but stranded 12 base runners and couldn't overcome its bullpen giving up seven runs to the Lobos in the seventh.
The win kept New Mexico (18-16, 9-4 MW) in a first-place tie with San Diego State, who dispatched Air Force 4-2 in a rare one hour-and-57 minute game in Colorado Springs.
After UNM tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the opening frame, the 'Dogs responded with two runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead.
The Lobos then rattled off three runs - two in the fourth and one in the fifth - to take a 4-3 lead over the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs' right-handed starter Derick Velazquez was lifted after 5.1 innings, striking out three, walking two and allowing four runs on nine hits, but his strong command and mixture of pitches kept the Lobos off balance throughout his day on the hill.
But after turning to the bullpen, the bottom of the seventh quickly turned into a nightmare for the Bulldogs as reliever Luke Wiechec was tagged for seven runs. The first three came off the bat of New Mexico's catcher Mitch Garver when he crushed a 450-foot home run well past the left field wall and the Lobos put together four more to put the game out of reach.
Offensively, sophomore Chris Mariscal led Fresno State by going 3-for-4, with one of the seven doubles. Five Bulldogs posted multi-hit games, including Judge with two doubles by himself.
Fresno State and New Mexico will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on 790 AM ESPN The Deuce.
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