Tristin Lively struck out 11 batters and gave up just four hits over eight innings of shutout baseball Sunday afternoon against UNLV, only to earn a no-decision in UNM’s 1-0 loss in extra innings.
UNM dropped all three games against the Rebels over the weekend, including Sunday’s heartbreaking extra-inning loss in what turned out to be a pitching duel between Lively and UNLV starter Josh Sharman.
Sharman threw seven shutout innings, walking two while striking out two Lobos. Reliever Troy Balko pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season, striking out three of the six batters faced.
The Lobos and Rebels combined to post 12 hits on the day, but the only one that netted a run was the game-winning double by designated hitter Jack-Thomas Wold off of Terrell Hudson in the bottom of the 11th that plated pinch-runner Rosenberg, who was placed on second to start the inning in accordance with extra-inning rules.
Head coach Ray Birmingham intentionally walked third baseman Diego Alarcon to set up a possible double play. Instead of hitting into a force play, Wold belted a double to center field, sealing the sweep for UNLV.
Centerfielder Cole Posey and second baseman Mack Chambers each posted two hits to lead the Lobos. Wold was the clear-cut offensive star for UNLV, logging three of UNLV’s six hits, including the game-winner.
The Lobos (4-6) will look to get back in the win column with a quick two-game series on the road against Fresno State on March 13th & 14th. UNM will then play a three-game series against Kansas State in Manhattan, KS, on March 20 & 21 before returning home to take on Nevada at Santa Ana Star Field on March 27th.
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