No. 16 Lobos Claim Ninth Straight MW Series Win

May 11, 2013

Box Score

Complete Box: Lobos 7, Fresno St. 2 Get Acrobat Reader

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 16th-ranked University of New Mexico baseball team extended its own record when it won its 14th straight Mountain West game courtesy of a 7-2 victory over Fresno St. Saturday night.

Sam Wolff allowed only one earned run six innings and DJ Peterson went 2-for-5 with a triple and his 15th home run to lead the Lobos (32-17, 22-4) as they clinched their ninth straight MW series.

UNM got the scoring started right away in the first. With one out Sam Haggerty reached on an infield single and Peterson followed with an RBI triple. Mitch Garver then doubled to left to score Peterson and give the Lobos an early 2-0 lead.

In the third Ryan Padilla added to the lead with a solo home run, his third of the season, to give UNM a 3-0 led.

The Bulldogs (17-31, 10-16) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third, but the Lobos scored four of the next five runs to put Fresno St. away. In the fifth Peterson led off with a solo home run, and Luke Campbell later came around to score on  a double play to increase the lead to 5-1.

UNM added two more in the seventh when Garver scored on a fielding error, and Jared Holley drove in Josh Melendez on a sacrifice fly.

Wolff (5-3) was fantastic once again, though, for the Lobos, his fourth straight start of allowing one earned run or less. In his last 26 innings he has allowed only three runs, two earned, while striking out 18. Against the Bulldogs he tied a career-high with seven strikeouts, his second straight start with that many punchouts, and walked only one.

“Wolff was outstanding again,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. “He was 91-97 (mph) with great command. It’s a tribute to the hard work he and pitching coach Dan Spencer put in.”

Hobie McClain came on with two on and no outs in the seventh and was spectacular. He got a strikeout and a double play to escape that jam, and in two innings he allowed only a hit and a walk to keep UNM firmly in the lead.

Garver led the team with three hits, while he and Peterson scored two runs apiece to lead the Lobos.  Padilla finished with a home run and three walks.

Alex Allbritton was 0-for-4 at the plate, but had several outstanding plays to help the Lobos out of potential jams.

“Allbritton was a big part of the win,” Birmingham said. “He had two ESPN-type double plays.”

The first was in the second. He made a nice stop on a grounder to start an around-the-horn double play, and the second came on a line drive in the seventh. He snared the ball out of the air and whirled to second to double a runner off and end the inning.

The Lobos will amazingly go for their fifth straight MW series sweep at 1:05 p.m. (MT) Sunday. Freshman Drew Bridges will start on the mound for UNM.

Notes: Campbell saw his string of nine straight multi-hit games come to an end with a 1-for-4 performance … Haggerty also walked three times and leads the team with 41 free passes … the Lobos tied a school record with their 22nd conference win. UNM also won 22 games on its way to a 22-8 record and the MW regular-season championship in 2000.