|Mitch Garver Leads Lobos to their First Win|
|Written by Chris Martinez|
|Monday, 18 February 2013 00:59|
Lobos Notch Their First Win of the Season
The final game of the opening series against the Oklahoma State Cowboys would see the Lobos finally see connect all the pieces. The Lobos success on offense continued but what had been missing the previous two was consistent pitching. UNM’s starting pitcher, Sam Wolff, had the longest outing of any Lobo pitcher thus far this year and the second longest of his career. He went 5.2 innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits. He also tied his career high for strikeouts at 5.
DJ Peterson (3B) had a scalding start at the plate in his first two games and the reaction from the Cowboys would be to walk him with runners in scoring position. This meant catcher, Mitch Garver, would have to make them pay as he followed Peterson in the lineup. Boy did he ever. Garver went 4-4 with a walk, reaching base every time he stepped to the plate. In the 8th inning he had a chance to do something that hadn’t been done by a Lobo player since Dane Hamilton did it March 2009; hit for the cycle. Garver only needed a homerun but would opt out for a walk instead. He now leads the team in average at .462.
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Relievers Alex Estrella and Josh Walker completed the final 2.1 innings only allowing one hit and no runs combined. Hopefully this is the start of a good year for the Lobo pitching staff as that will be the most important piece to their success this year.
Something I’d like to note is the fact the shortstop Alex Allbritton did not start at the beginning of this series, Jared Holley did. Unfortunately, Holley took a ball to the helmet and suffered a concussion. Allbritton is now playing with a broken finger on his throwing hand. Folks he’s a gamer.
Final 9-1 Lobos
Winning Pitcher: Sam Wolff