The New Mexico baseball team’s season-opening series concluded Sunday with a doubleheader sweep at the hands of No. 11-ranked Arizona State in Tempe.
The Sun Devils took all three games this weekend from the Lobos. The second game of Saturday’s rained-out doubleheader was canceled and was not made up.
ASU won 8-2 on Friday, 8-1 in the resumption of Saturday’s suspended game and 7-5 in Sunday’s finale.
Defense was a problem for UNM, which committed 11 errors in the three losses. Second baseman Kyle Stiner had three by himself in Friday’s loss, while five different players each made an error in the 7-5 defeat.
Riccio Torrez tormented the Lobos in the opening game, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI.
Each of the UNM starting pitchers took the loss in their respective games.
Junior Gera Sanchez gave up eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks in three innings Friday.
Junior Rudy Jaramillo allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings Saturday before the game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning. Senior Richard Olson took the mound Sunday when the game resumed and allowed an additional three runs on six hits and two walks in five innings.
Freshman Jake McCasland at least got past the third inning, going six in the finale while allowing five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks.
The most impressive pitching line of the weekend for the Lobos went to freshman Alexis Garza, who tossed five scoreless innings Friday after Sanchez was pulled. Garza scattered three hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
UNM will have to hope for a home-field rebound Tuesday at 3 p.m. when New Mexico State comes to Isotopes Park.
The Aggies had an easier opening series, sweeping Houston Baptist in Las Cruces this weekend. NMSU prevailed 9-6 Friday, 13-11 Saturday and 9-1 Sunday.
Wesley Starkes went 8-for-14 with five runs, a home run and three RBI for the Aggies in the series, while Parker Hipp was 6-for-11 with five runs, a homer and six RBI and Bryan Karraker went 6-for-14 with eight runs, two homers and seven RBI.
Around the state
- Eastern New Mexico (1-6) was swept at home this weekend by West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds fell to 0-3 in the Lone Star Conference. West Texas A&M won 17-3 on Friday and swept a doubleheader, 2-1 and 7-5, on Saturday. ENMU features two players from Albuquerque this season in senior second baseman Chris Eaton (Cibola High) and freshman infielder Sean Gahan (Sandia High). Eaton has started three games this season but has gone just 1-for-9 at the plate. As a team, the Greyhounds are hitting .183 and their pitching staff has a 6.55 ERA. ENMU will try to rebound on the road Feb. 25-26 with three games in Lawton, Okla., against Cameron University.
- New Mexico Highlands (3-1) had the weekend off. The Cowboys will travel to Emporia, Kan., Feb. 25-27 for three games in two days against Arkansas Tech and one game against Emporia State.