Fresno State Falls to New Mexico, 14-3
April 13, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The good news: Fresno State freshman pitcher Blake Quinn delivered his second straight quality start in going six innings, striking out four and allowing just two runs.
The bad news: The Fresno State baseball team gave up 12 runs in the eighth after seeing its one-run lead entering the inning vanish en route to a 14-3 loss at New Mexico on Saturday afternoon at Lobo Field.
"That's two outstanding starts for Quinn and at least you can take that to the bus right now," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. "We played outstanding baseball for seven innings, but we play nine inning games here in Division I baseball. We still have some things to work out."
Fresno State scored runs in each of the first two innings to build a 2-0 lead highlighted by senior catcher Austin Wynns' no-doubt solo home run. New Mexico evened the game with runs in the third and fourth.
The Bulldogs retook the lead in the fifth on Taylor Tempel's first home run of the season to give Fresno State a 3-2 edge, but the Bandera Volcano-like eruption by the Lobos in the bottom of the eighth against the bullpen cemented the fate for the 'Dogs.
Fresno State southpaw Tyler Linehan (1-7) walked the first two batters of the inning and both of those Lobos later came around to score to hand the loss to junior pitcher. William Munro gave up six runs (five earned) during the Lobos' onslaught while Aaron Gillis was pegged for the next three and Jake Shull the final runs (also unearned). There were also two errors charged to Bulldogs' third baseman Kevin Viers on back-to-back hard hit balls to the hot corner by the fifth and sixth Lobos that came to the plate.
In total, UNM (19-16, 10-4 Mountain West) sent 15 batters to the plate in the eighth and saw the first 12 cross home plate. 11 of the 12 runs occurred before an out was recorded and the 12th was tallied during a groundout for the first out of the frame.
Fresno State (8-22, 3-9 MW) had three Bulldogs record multi-hit games, including Tempel, who finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
Fresno State and New Mexico will close the series on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT and the game can be heard live on 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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