The Lobos scored in each of the first four innings and UNM jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the way to a convincing 11-2 victory over Air Force Saturday, giving UNM the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament, hosted by New Mexico May 25-29 at Santa Ana Star Field.
The win was great for UNM in that the Lobos got a great starting pitching performance from Carson Schneider, who bounced out of a small slump with six solid innings, allowing two runs and just five hits, striking out two. It wasn’t so great in the ninth inning when Jared Holley, trying to beat out a double play, hurt his right leg in an injury that looked completely different from his quad injury earlier in the season. Holley had to be carried off the field by both trainers.
UNM got on the board in the first inning when Carl Stajduhar turned on a pitch and hammered it over the fence in left for a long solo home run. After getting a second run in the second inning on a double play grounder, the Lobos scored three times in the third and the fourth.
In the third, with two on, Jack Zoellner obliterated a Nick Biancalana fastball for a three-run home run that nearly made it to the football practice field beyond the right field fence. In the fourth, Luis Gonzalez doubled home a pair of runs and then scored on a Staduhar ground out.