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Lobos sweep doubleheader and series

Shortstop Jared Holley had four hits and four RBI as the Lobos swept a doubleheader.
Shortstop Jared Holley had four hits and four RBI as the Lobos swept a doubleheader.
Courtesy of UNM

The New Mexico baseball rolled to a series sweep by taking both games of a doubleheader from Northern Colorado 12-3 and 8-1 on Sunday afternoon at Lobo Field.

UNM (8-3-1) won all four games against NCU (2-10) by the combined score of 42-7.

"Our pitching staff is really good," said shortstop Jared Holley, who went 4-for-7 with four RBI in the doubleheader. "We only needed a couple runs."

Senior Josh Walker (2-1) pitched another gem in the second game Sunday. The right-hander allowed just one run on six hits, while not walking a batter and racking up three strikeouts in eight innings of work.

"I was just attacking low in the zone, following coach's game plan, mixing in a little bit of my own," said Walker, who threw nine shutout innings last weekend.

The pitching was strong throughout the weekend.

"I'm really happy with it, it's a big deal for us," Birmingham said.

Alex Real's two-run single in the third inning snapped a scoreless tie. The Lobos would add three more runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Real finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Chase Harris was 3-for-5 with an RBI. All told, seven UNM players had multiple hits.

The first game saw the Lobos race out a 6-0 lead, only to have the Bears cut it in half by the seventh inning. UNM used a six-run eighth to put the contest out of reach.

Real, Sam Haggerty and Lane Milligan had two hits apiece, while Holley was 2-for-3 with three RBI out of the ninth spot in the lineup.

"I'll stay there the whole year, I'm totally fine with that," Holley said. "I'm out there for my defense anyways. If I'm hitting well I'm hitting well."

Colton Thompson (1-1) was solid in the opener, though he did walk four batters in 5.1 innings. He was charged with one run while also allowing four hits and striking out seven.

"Colton, I don't know if he was as good as he can be, but he was good," Birmingham said. "He had four walks."

After A.J. Carman gave up two runs in one inning, Kevin Baumgartner came in and shut the door with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

The Lobos will play at Texas Tech on Tuesday at 1 p.m. before opening Mountain West Conference play against UNLV (7-3, 3-0) on Friday at 6 p.m. in the opener of a three-game series.

"We're ready, we're hungry, we're ready to get it," Holley said. "We're not giving anything back. We're going for that four-peat."