No. 16 Lobos Go 10-for-10 in Mountain West
May 17, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In baseball going 3-for-10 is considered good and 4-for-10 is phenomenal. Well, in 2013 the 16th-ranked University of New Mexico baseball team did even better than that: it went a perfect 10-for-10 in Mountain West series.
The Lobos played 10 conference series this season and won all of them. The final series-clinching win came in a rare MW pitcher’s duel Friday night against San Diego St.
UNM prevailed by a score of 3-1 over the Aztecs on a night when the teams combined for just 10 hits. Luke Campbell’s two-run home run in the seventh provided the Lobos all the runs they would need in support of starter Sam Wolff.
The senior out of Rapid City, S.D., was brilliant on the mound yet again for UNM (34-18, 24-5). He held the Aztecs (26-27, 15-14) hitless through five innings and allowed only one run on one hit in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked just one as he lowered his season ERA to 3.19. It was his seventh straight start of at least six innings pitched. In his last 32 1/3 innings he has allowed only four runs, three earned.
As good as Wolff was, though, Aztec starter Ryan Doran was just as good. He didn’t allow a hit until Josh Melendez singled through the left side leading off the fifth to register the first knock for either side.
Each team had chances to score thanks to three walks by Doran and four Lobo errors, but neither team could push anything across as the teams traded zeroes.
That changed in the seventh. With one out Melendez singled through the left side for the second time off Doran. Campbell then followed with a towering home run above the flags in left center, his second homer in as many days against the Aztecs, to give UNM a 2-0 lead. It was his fifth of the season, which matches his career-high set in 2011.
The Aztecs answered right back in the bottom of the frame shortstop, though.
It could have been worse if not for a slick fielding play by Jared Holley, who had already made three errors in the game. The freshman shortstop made a nice sliding stop on a ball hit in the hole by SDSU’s first batter of the inning. He quickly got up and threw a strike to DJ Peterson at first. This loomed large when Wolff walked the next batter on four pitches. Instead of two on and no outs, there was one on and one out.
Following the free pass the Lobos went to the bullpen and brought in Gabe Aguilar, who made his 62nd career appearance for UNM. He struck out the first batter but walked the next to put two men on for the Aztec’s leadoff hitter, Greg Allen. He blooped a 2-2 pitch to center for a run-scoring single, which cut UNM’s lead in half. Aguilar escaped further trouble by getting a groundball to Sam Haggerty at second to end the inning.
Aguilar went on to record the next six outs as well to earn his second save of the season. He worked around a two-out single in the eighth and a leadoff bunt single in the ninth. He struck out three.
Melendez doubled and scored in the ninth to finish the day 3-for-4 with two runs. Aside from Campbell’s home run, the only other hits of the day were two-out singles by Peterson and Mitch Garver in the eighth.
Wolff moved to 6-3 on the season and 5-1 in MW play. He has a microscopic 2.21 ERA in 61 innings over 10 starts in conference games. Even more impressive is the fact that he has allowed just five extra-base hits over those 61 innings.
The Lobos will go for the sweep tomorrow at 3 p.m. (MT). Freshman righty Drew Bridges will get the start on the mound as UNM looks for the series sweep in their regular-season finale.
Notes: The Lobos only managed six hits, which matched their season-low set three times previously this season … the last Lobo to make three errors in one game was Alex Real against LaSalle on March 5 … Aguilar is tied for sixth in school history in appearances.