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Clayton Eslick and the Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season Friday.
Courtesy: Torrey Vail

No. 22 Bulldogs Fall To Lobos For First Loss Of The Season

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 03/09/2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite coming back in the middle of the game, the 22nd-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team couldn't hold on to the lead as the University of New Mexico used a five-run eighth inning to beat the Bulldogs 11-6 and hand them their first loss of the season Friday evening.

Alex Stanford recorded two of the Bulldogs six hits to lead the team while he, Maxx Garrett and Billy Moon each recorded a RBI. Steven Halcomb saw his hitting streak come to an end at 10 games after the junior shortstop went hitless on the evening.

Bulldog starter Tyler Olson struck out four batters but gave up 10 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings of work, Derek Peterson allowed two runs in one inning and Zach Abbruzza suffered the loss after he allowed five runs in the eighth inning.

The Lobos struck first in the second inning when they used a one-out double and two RBI singles to take a 2-0 lead. One inning later, Olson surrendered a leadoff double followed by a RBI triple and a sacrifice bunt to bring in their third and fourth run of the game.

The Bulldogs got back into the game in the fifth inning. Andy Hunter led off with a single up the middle and Alex Bonczyk received a free pass to first base. Following two fly outs, Clayton Eslick and Royce Bolinger both reached safely on back-to-back fielding errors by the left fielder and Stanford's RBI double to left field tied the game 4-4.

Steven Halcomb was hit by the pitch to lead off the seventh inning and advanced to third on Eslick's double to left field. After Bolinger was hit by the pitch to load the bases, Stanford hit into a fielder's choice as the first baseman's throw to the catcher forced Halcomb out at home. Lobo pitcher Hobie McClain forced in the go-ahead run when he walked Garrett. Moon would hit a fly ball to center field deep enough to bring Bolinger home to give the Bulldogs a 6-4 lead.

The Lobos answered back in their half of the seventh inning. Peterson hit the first batter he faced and a one-out double setup two runners in scoring position. Abbruzza came into the game after and although he struck out the first batter he faced, he would surrender a two-run double to tie the game 6-6.

New Mexico was able to retake as it used three singles, a walk, two sacrifice flies and a two-run double to score five runs in the eighth inning to take a 11-6 lead.

The middle game of the non-conference series will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. PST.

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