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Lobos drop series opener to San Diego State

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The University of New Mexico baseball team got a strong start from ace Tyler Stevens, but the Lobos struggled at the plate as they fell to San Diego State 4-0 Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Stevens went seven innings and gave up three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk, but first-place UNM (24-18-1 overall, 14-3-1 Mountain West) finished with four hits against second-place San Diego State (30-13, 14-6) and were shutout for the fifth time this season.

“Tyler did a good job for us, we just couldn’t get anything going,” UNM coach Ray Birmingham said. “We have some work to do before tomorrow’s game, but we can get it done. The guys kept battling until the end. There’s no worry in that dugout. We’ll be ready to go Saturday.”

The Lobos fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning when a single and stolen base by San Diego State’s Julian Escobedo was followed by an Alan Trejo RBI single where UNM just missed tossing out the runner at home.

UNM appeared it may have a chance to tie it in the seventh inning when with one on and two outs Daniel Herrera lined a ball toward right, but SDSU first baseman Jordan Verdon made a diving play to save extra bases – and possibly the game-tying run.

SDSU added to their lead in the bottom of the inning as after recording two outs, a walk and a hit led to an RBI single by Andrew Martinez to make it 2-0.

A lead-off single, three walks, a trio of wild pitches and a passed ball led to two more SDSU runs in the eighth inning to make the final score 4-0.

Hayden Schilling finished 1-for-3 with a walk for the Lobos while Beau Capanna and Luis Gonzalez had singles and Jack Zoellner added his team-best 18th double.

Brett Seeburger got the win for SDSU, going 7.1 innings and giving up three hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

The two teams will meet again 3 p.m. (MT) Saturday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

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