No. 16 Lobos Shut Out Bulldogs, 9-0

May 10, 2013

Box Score

By @StephenTrembley & Kasandra Martinson

FRESNO, Calif. --- The combination of a dialed-in pitcher, power-swinging hitters and perfect execution defensively helped the No. 16 New Mexico Lobos cruise to their 13th-straight Mountain West victory by defeating the Fresno State baseball team 9-0 on Friday night at Pete Beiden Field.

Fresno State (17-30, 10-15 Mountain West) mustered little off UNM's right-hander starter Josh Walker (9-0), who tossed a three-hit complete game shutout with six strikeouts in his first start this season.

Walker primarily had served as the Lobos' closer in 25 appearances with seven of those saves out of the bullpen Friday night's masterpiece. He threw all three of his pitches for strikes - including a particularly sharp changeup that had the Bulldogs out in front and off balance.

"That was as well a pitched game as you'll see in Division I baseball," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said of Walker's night. "He had one three-ball count the whole night. How about that? Three pitches for a strike all day long. And that changeup was a pretty special pitch. They outpitched us and they outhit us."

New Mexico (31-17, 21-4 MW) has already locked up the regular season Mountain West title and will enter the 2013 MW Tournament, which will be held at Beiden Field from May 22-26, as the top seed. The Lobos once again made a case for a potential at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, if they don't win the conference's automatic bid awarded to the winner of the tournament.

The Lobos clubbed three home runs off the bats of D.J. Peterson, Alex Real and Alex Allbritton, in collecting 12 hits versus Fresno State's five pitchers. The Bulldogs' starter Jordan Brink (3-3) did throw six strikeouts, but gave up five runs on six hitters over the course of five innings of work.

Fresno State relievers Garrett Mundell and Tyler Stirewalt both delivered scoreless innings out of the bullpen while freshmen Jake Shull and Luke Wiechec were each tagged for two runs in their respective innings of relief.

At the plate, the Bulldogs' Kevin Viers, Aaron Judge and Jordan Luplow each posted one of the three singles.

The Bulldogs and Lobos return to Pete Beiden Field for game two of the three game series on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m.

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