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Andy Hunter threw 8 1/3 solid innings but the Zags couldn't hold on to the lead.
Courtesy: Torrey Vail

No. 22 Zags Score First But Fall To Lobos In 10 Innings

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 03/10/2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 22nd-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team scored first in the first inning, but it couldn't close the game as the University of New Mexico rallied in the ninth inning and beat the Bulldogs 2-1 in 10 innings.

Andy Hunter struck out six batters and allowed five hits in 8 1/3 solid innings. David Bigelow (2-1) threw 2/3 of an inning but received the loss after he walked in the winning run in the 10th.

Royce Bolinger and Marco Gonzales each recorded two base hits to lead the Bulldogs (10-2) on the afternoon. Eric Lane had a double and Clayton Eslick stretched a base hit into a triple.

Lobo starting pitcher Austin House allowed the unearned run but struck out nine Bulldogs in nine innings pitched.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning when Steven Halcomb hit a one-out single up the middle and after Eslick popped up to third base for the second out, Bolinger singled to right field and an error by the right fielder allowed Halcomb to score.

The Bulldogs had an opportunity to add more runs in the third inning when Lane led off with a double to center field and Halcomb reached on a fielder's choice after laying down a sacrifice bunt. After Eslick grounded out to the catcher, Halcomb tried to score on Bolinger's grounder to third base but was tagged out at home. Alex Stanford would end the inning with a lineout to the first baseman.

Gonzaga looked to gain an insurance run in the ninth inning when Eslick hit a two-out triple to right field, but Bolinger popped up to the second baseman to end the inning.

After holding the Lobos (4-9) scoreless throughout the entire game, Hunter ran into trouble trying to close it out in the ninth inning. He retired the first batter he faced but allowed a single and a walk to end his day. Billy Moon, who started the game in left field, was called to take over for Hunter and after he moved both runners into scoring position on a wild pitch, the Lobos used a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1. Moon moved back to his post in left field and Bigelow replaced him on the mound. He ended the inning by striking out the first batter he faced.

The Bulldogs got into trouble in the 10th inning when Bigelow surrendered a leadoff triple. With one out, he intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases but a third walk brought in the winning run for the Lobos.

The Zags and Lobos conclude the three-game non-conference series Sunday at noon PDT.

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