The University of New Mexico baseball team saw its season-high losing streak extended to five as the San Diego State Aztecs imposed its will in a 19-3 blowout over the Lobos.
New Mexico fell to 3-5 in Mountain West Conference play and 11-11 overall as the Aztecs raced out to an early advantage and never took their foot off the gas pedal.
The Aztecs scored in all except two innings and put up multiple runs in six different innings along the way, showing some impressive defense along the way as well.
Justi Goosen-Brown scatter nine Lobo hits across his seven-inning pitching outing. And although he was responsible for all three UNM runs, he got plenty of run support to help move his pitching record to 3-0 on the season.
UNM pitcher Nathaniel Garley was dealt his first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1 and failed to make it out of the fourth inning, though it wasn't necessarily all his fault.
The first batter of the game reached base and advanced all the way to third on a throwing error. And that set the tone for what was a nightmare of an outing for the Lobos.
San Diego State plated the unearned run and tacked on another to seize a 2-0 advantage after the first inning, belted out a single to start the second and played small ball to get another run home to go up by three runs.
New Mexico did manage to put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Aztecs grinded out two runs each over the third, fourth and fifth innings to boast a 9-2 lead through five innings of play.
And if that wasn't enough, SDSU removed all doubt with a 6-run sixth inning that quieted the stands and seemingly put the brakes on any hopes of a comeback bid.
The Lobos didn't play particularly poorly on offense, but left a lot of runners on the bags over the course of the game. But the bigger issue was the inability to stop the Aztecs from hitting the stitches off the ball. SDSU punished UNM pitching for 20 hits on the day, getting an impressive 19 runs off of them.
Every position player except centerfielder Julian Escobedo had a hit and, of those, designated hitter Chad Bible was the only one without multiple hits.
That was a recipe for a 19-3 shelling of the Lobos, who dropped their fifth straight matchup and might have players wondering if they will be able to salvage a win this series after losing game two of the 3-game set.
Robert Maler is the sports editor for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers basketball and baseball and contributes content for various other sports as well. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Robert_Maler.