PROVO —Despite an early lead, the BYU baseball team lost its second consecutive game 7-5 to New Mexico Friday night at Larry H.. Miller Field.
The loss pushed the Cougars' record to 19-16, 6-7 in Mountain West Conference play, while the Lobos improve to 12-27 and 7-7 in league play.
"We're not accustomed to giving up a lead like that," BYU head coach Vance Law said. "I think there are a lot of areas we need to work on to be the team we want to be. The thing about baseball is it's so much less predictable than any other sport. If you get a guy who's pitching well, it's anybody's game. I think we're a better offensive team than we're showing right now."
Among the few positives for the Cougars were esignated hitter Alex Wolfe with two RBI and pitcher Chris Capper recorded eight strikeouts.
For the Lobos, first baseman DJ Peterson and shortstop Alex Allbritton each had two RBI. Jake McCasland pitched seven strikeouts and Gera Sanchez pitched four.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when left fielder Ryan Bernal and center fielder Wes Guenther hit back-to-back doubles. Shortstop Wolfe followed up with a home run to bring in Guenther for a 3-0 BYU lead. Second baseman Dane Nielsen batted in Austin Hall to end scoring for the inning.
New Mexico answered with three consecutive runs at the top of the fifth scored by right fielder Trey Porras on a single from center fielder Sam Wilson, third baseman Quay Grant on a second base throwing error and Wilson on a sacrifice fly from Luke Campbell.
At the bottom of the seventh, Nielsen ran home on an error by New Mexico's Grant. A BYU strikeout ended the inning.
Starting off the eighth, Lobo Peterson smashed the ball over the left field fence, closing the BYU lead to 5-4. The Lobos proceeded to take a 6-5 lead after a shortstop error sent Grant to second and Allbritton doubled to left center, sending home Grant and John Twichell.
Catcher Mitch Garver ran home at the top of the ninth, putting the Lobos ahead 7-5.
The Cougars and Lobos play the last game of the three-game series Saturday.
SLCC 0, 7; CSI 1, 4: At Salt Lake City, The No. 1-ranked SLCC Bruin baseball team split day one against Southern Idaho, losing game one 1-0 and rallying to take game two 7-4. The Bruins are 41-5 overall and 26-4 in conference play. Adam Gunn threw six innings allowing three hits with three strikeouts but an unearned run in the 5th inning lead to the Salt Lake defeat. Dominique Taylor was 2 for 3 with a double in the loss. Down 3-2 in the 8th inning the Bruins exploded to score five runs and take the 7-4 win. Mitch Manning drove home the go ahead runs with a two RBI triple while Eddy Alverez knocked a double with three RBIs. Sean Moysh was 2 for 4 and Braden Anderson was 2 for 4. Tyson Memmott went six strong innings allowing only one earned run. The Bruins face off with Southern Idaho again tomorrow in Twin Falls, Idaho with the double header starting at noon.
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