Baseball goes winless in New Mexico

By Brian Earle

It was a disappointing weekend for baseball at the Fuddruckers Lobo Invite as it failed to earn a win in its four games.

In the Huskies’ (0-6-1) doubleheader on Friday, they fell 9-8 against Missouri State and were shut out 12-0 by New Mexico. The Huskies were shut out again on Saturday, 11-0 by the Bears and ended up tying the Lobos, 3-3 after 10 innings, on Sunday in the final game of the invite.

In game one, it was all Bears for the first eight innings. Missouri State pitcher Cody Schumacher pitched six hitless innings and the bullpen kept the Huskies hitless until the eighth inning. The Huskies trailed the Bears 9-0 going into the final frame.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Huskies’ bats woke up as they scored eight runs on seven hits, bringing 14 batters to the plate and falling just short of completing the comeback. Outfielder Brandon Mallder came up with a double and a single in the inning resulting in three RBIs.

“It was all Missouri State until the eighth and we got some things going,” said coach Ed Mathey in a news release. “We had a chance to win the game and we really put the pressure on them. I was really proud of the way our guys responded. Unfortunately, like I told the guys, runs in the first are worth the same as in the ninth. They may be more dramatic but they aren’t worth more runs.”

In the Huskies’ next two games they were shutout by a total score of 23-0. They only managed to record five hits in each game and struck a total of 16 times.

In the 11-0 shutout against the Bears, pitcher Jon Harris tossed a complete game, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out four batters.

“Missouri State’s [pitcher] pitched a heck of a game and we have to give him and his team credit,” Mathey said in a news release. “Any time a pitcher records a complete game shutout, it’s a special moment for a team because it means the defense was there behind him as well.”

In the Huskies’ final game of the invite they went right to work, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on four hits. Outfielder Micah McCulloch came up with an RBI ground-rule double to left field and later outfielder Landon Tenhagen singled to right field, driving in McCulloch.

The Lobos came right back in the bottom of the first inning and took the lead after scoring three runs of their own on four hits and a costly throwing error by pitcher Alex Klonowski.

The Huskies responded in the second inning with another run to tie the game at 3-3. Catcher Joe Battaglia started the inning off with a leadoff double. After advancing to third base, Battaglia was able to score when infielder Justin Fletcher grounded out to the second baseman.

Offensively, Mallder put together the best weekend at the plate, going 7-14 with three RBIs. In three out of the four games, Mallder had two-hit games.