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Lobos Fall to Fresno State in Game Two

by Alma Solis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico baseball team fell in game two, 12-3, against Fresno State on Saturday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field.

Lenny Junior Ashby led the starters as he went 2-for-5. Coming in to replace Kyle Landers at first, Justin Olson went 2-for-2 in the game.

The Lobos struck first as they brought home two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. First, Lance Russell doubled down the right field line to start the inning, then he was knocked in as an error by second base allowed Kyle Landers to reach first and L. Russell to score. Willie Cano then singled up the middle on an 0-2 pitch and with two outs, bringing home Landers.

The Bulldogs then plated five runs across the second and fourth innings to make the score 5-2, Fresno State leading.

Then commenced scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Justin Still recorded two strikeouts in his outing, including a big strikeout swinging to end the sixth.

Fresno State continued to add on seven more runs for a 12-2 lead spread throughout the seventh and eighth innings. Terrell Hudson forced a double play to end the eighth.

Jacob Strmiska came in to close the game in the final inning, getting the Bulldogs out on two strikeouts and a fielder’s choice out. The Lobos found three hits in the bottom of the ninth in an attempt at a last chance comeback. Cole Posey came in to pinch hit and singled to shortstop, then Jack Silverman grounded out as Posey advanced to second. Olson then singled to second base to advance Posey to third. In his first at-bat as a Lobo, Sean Stephens singled through the right side to bring home Posey and cut the deficit to 12-3.

The next two Lobo batters were unable to find a hit, as New Mexico fell, 12-3, to Fresno State in game two of the three-game conference series.

New Mexico’s record improves to 5-9 (2-3 MW), while Fresno State drops to a 7-8 record (1-1 in MW).

The Lobos and Bulldogs play the rubber match on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon (MT) at Santa Ana Star Field.

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