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Pitching Duo of Egloff and McBroom Shock Wichita State, 4-0, in Series Opener

by Alma Solis

WICHITA, Kan. – The University of New Mexico baseball team opened their three-game series against Wichita State with a 4-0 shutout of the Shockers on Friday night at Eck Stadium.

The Lobos only used two pitchers to get the job done in today’s shutout performance. Starting pitcher Riley Egloff set a career-high in strikeouts (9 K) and innings pitched (8.0 IP). He only allowed four hits and no runs to the Shockers. Brian McBroom came in to close out the game in the ninth inning, striking out the side in order, all three of them were swinging. Jeffrey David and Lenny Junior Ashby led the team with two hits apiece.

Both teams found two runners on base in the first inning, but neither were able to capitalize on their opportunities, leading to a scoreless game heading into the second frame.

In the second inning, the Lobos put the first number on the board. With two outs, a 1-2 count and runners in scoring position, Adam Schneider grounded out to bring home Cody Holtz and give the Lobos a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Egloff went three up-three down and notched his first strikeout of the game.

Through the next three innings, the Lobos found a hit and two walks but left three on base to put a few zeros on the board from the third through the fifth. Egloff continued to deal on the mound at the same time, striking out three Shockers and allowing just two hits while keeping Wichita State scoreless.

Come the sixth inning, the Lobos added some insurance runs as they brought home three more for a 4-0 lead. With just one out and two runners in scoring position, Chase Weissenborn, on a full count, hit a ball to left field, which the Shockers’ leftfielder Sawyre Thornhill dropped for an error. Holtz and Kyle Landers proceeded to score on the play. A couple batters later, David singled to right field to bring home Weissenborn. David ran a bit too far off base and ended up being called out but not before counting Weissenborn’s run scored.

Egloff continued to keep pressure off the Lobos as he fanned another two in the bottom of the frame. In the seventh, Egloff started the inning with a strikeout to tie his career-high seven strikeouts, then set a new career-high eight strikeouts as he ended the inning with a Shocker looking for another K.

Fanning one more for nine strikeouts on the night and pitching eight full innings, Egloff completed his night with two new career-highs in a phenomenal outing for the junior right-hander. In five starts, he now holds an outstanding 4-0 record. This is also Egloff’s second shutout this season.

Coming in to shut down the Shockers in the final inning, McBroom did exactly that. He struck out the side in order, to lead the Lobos to a 4-0 shutout of the Shockers in game one. McBroom ended the night with 13 total pitches, 10 of them for strikes.

New Mexico’s record improves to 7-11 (3-3 MW), while Wichita State falls to 8-9 overall record.

The Lobos and Shockers will continue their three-game series with the second game scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT) on Saturday at Eck Stadium.

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