No. 16 Lobos Fall 9-8 as Late Rally Falls Just Short
May 12, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of New Mexico baseball team (32-18, 22-5) lost to the Fresno St. Bulldogs (18-31, 11-16) by a score of 9-8 as the Lobos’ ninth-inning rally came up just a bit short. The loss snapped a 14-game conference winning streak and prevented the Lobos from sweeping their fifth straight MW series.
Trailing by three entering the ninth, DJ Peterson led off with a solo home run, his third homer in as many games. With two outs, pinch hitter John Pustay drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Padilla then laced a single into right field to score Pustay and make the score 9-8. The next two batters, pinch hitters Jared Meek and Eric Suarez, loaded the bases on a single and a walk, respectively.
That brought Chase Harris to the plate, who had homered in his previous at-bat, but Fresno St. was able to get Harris to ground out, ending both the game and the Lobos’ conference winning streak.
During their record-setting streak UNM outscored its opponents 143-61, went 9-0 at home and 5-0 on the road.
Peterson finished 1-for-2 with three walks, while Mitch Garver also homered and drove in three runs to lead the team. Padilla finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a double and is now has five hits in his last eight at-bats.
The Lobos got the scoring started in the third when Alex Allbritton led off the inning with a double. After a Jared Holley infield single, Harris doubled down the left-field line to score Allbritton. Two batters later Garver hit a sacrifice fly to right, which was followed by a Luke Campbell RBI single, that gave the Lobos a 3-0 lead.
UNM added two more in the fifth when Peterson led off with a walk to bring up Garver. The senior and Albuquerque native launched the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence for his fourth home run of the year to give the Lobos a 5-0 advantage.
The Lobos pitching staff, which had been terrific over the first two games of the series, ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the fifth. The Bulldogs batted around against three different UNM pitchers and scored six runs on seven hits, three of which went for extra bases.
Fresno St. added three more runs over the next two innings to give Fresno St the cushion it needed to withstand UNM’s rally. The Lobos used seven pitchers in the finale.
Drew Bridges, the starter for UNM, tossed four innings and gave up four hits, two earned runs, and struck out one. Alex Estrella, the final pitcher of the afternoon for UNM, was their most effective reliever. He came on with two on and no outs and got a sacrifice bunt, a strikeout and a groundout to escape the jam without allowing a run.
The Lobos will travel San Diego State to close out the regular season with a three-game series beginning Thursday.
Notes: It is the second time this season Peterson has homered in three straight games as he homered in four straight from March 6-9 against LaSalle and UC Riverside … Peterson now has 39 career home runs and 189 RBI, both of which are fourth all-time at UNM, and 469 total bases, which is third all-time … Harris is third on the team with five home runs, and Garver is fourth with four.