'Dogs Fall to No. 16 New Mexico, 7-2

May 11, 2013

Box Score

By @StephenTrembley & Andrew Rich

FRESNO, Calif. --- For the second straight night, No. 16 New Mexico used strong starting pitching and the long ball to power past Fresno State 7-2 for their record 14th-straight Mountain West win.

Taylor Ward provided the main offensive spark for the 'Dogs off of Lobo starting pitcher Sam Wolff when he drilled a lined shot over the left-center wall in the bottom of the third inning. The freshman's second home run of the season got Fresno State as close as they would get in this game at 3-1.

Other than that, Wolff was in control. The New Mexico senior struck out seven and gave up six hits in six innings of work and the only other run he allowed came on a passed ball.

Wolff was backed by the offense of Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year DJ Peterson. The junior first baseman, expected to be a high-round draft pick in June's draft, drilled an RBI-triple off the left field wall in the first inning and then hit a long solo home run in fifth. Sophomore Ryan Padilla added a solo shot of his own in the third.

New Mexico (32-17, 22-4 Mountain West), which has found the dimensions at Beiden Field to be to their liking (five home runs in two games), will return to Fresno in a week and a half as the top seed for the 2013 MW Tournament.

Fresno State (17-31, 10-16 MW) starter Blake Quinn, who entered the contest with the lowest ERA in Mountain West play, lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Derick Velazquez threw five innings of relief and struck out seven Lobos.

The 'Dogs will look to avoid the three-game sweep at the hands of New Mexico when the teams conclude the series Sunday afternoon with a 12:05 p.m. first pitch.

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