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Cougars blow late lead against Lobos

ALBUQUERQUE — Despite two home runs by Clayton Carson and great pitching from Ken Gravley, BYU was unable to hold on in a 11-10 loss to New Mexico Saturday.

In extreme contrast to the first two games of the series where the Lobos (15-7, 5-1) and Cougars (6-12, 1-2) combined to score 17 runs in the first two innings, the two teams failed to score in either of the first two innings. Cougar starting pitcher Gravley looked sharp, holding the high powered Lobo offense to just four runs in six innings.

BYU got on the board in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles by Jake Stubblefield and Kainoa Obrey, but the Lobos quickly evened the score, posting two runs on a solo home run and a pair of singles in the bottom of the same inning.

The Cougars pulled away in the fifth when Carson hit a towering three-run homer over the center field fence, bringing the score to 6-2. The homer was Carson's first of his collegiate career.

BYU got two much-needed insurance runs in the seventh on a two-out, two-run home run by Ryan Chambers, which increased the BYU lead to 8-4. The margin proved to be short-lived, however, as the Lobos tagged Cougar relief pitcher, Tyler Dabo, for five runs in the bottom of that inning, including Alexander's second home run of the game, giving New Mexico its first lead of the afternoon.

Despite a one-out home run in the ninth by Carson which tied the score at 10, the Cougars were defeated when Lobo outfielder Cory Lizarraga sent Jason Garcia's first pitch of the ninth over the centerfield fence.

"It was a disappointing loss for everybody," said BYU head coach Vance Law. "Our relief pitching just hasn't been effective in holding our leads."