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Stajduhar, Stevens power Lobo baseball

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The University of New Mexico baseball team completed a strong opening weekend by taking its second straight from Oregon State by the score of 5-2 Monday afternoon.

Four Lobos recorded multi-hit games, led by Carl Stajduhar’s 3-for-4 performance, and four relievers shut out the Beavers (2-2) over the final six innings.

Freshman Tyler Stevens, who didn’t expect to pitch after dealing with a stomach bug most of Sunday night, earned his first career win by tossing 11/3 scoreless innings for UNM (3-1). Alex Estrella earned his second career save by pitching the final three innings, striking out three.

Stajduhar led off the second with a sharp single up the middle, and Luis Gonzalez hammered a double to right to put two men on. Jared Holley then looped a single into left to score Stajduhar and give the Lobos a 1-0 lead.

With men on the corners Danny Collier grounded one to third, but Gonzalez, who was running on contact, was easily thrown out at home. Cory Voss kept the inning going, though, with a bouncer over the third baseman’s head to score Holley. Collier eventually came around to score on a throwing error to give UNM an early 3-0 lead.

The Lobos open Mountain West play this weekend when they travel to Air Force for three games beginning Friday at 2 p.m.

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Sam Haggerty made his 111th straight start, the seventh longest streak in UNM history.

The Lobos have won 34 straight games when leading after six innings (dating back to June 1, 2013).


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