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UNM Baseball: Lobos fall to UNLV 1-0 in 11 innings

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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UNM Baseball: Lobos take both games in doubleheader vs. Air Force 

The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team kicked off Mountain West Conference play with a double-header on Saturday afternoon at the newly renovated Santa Ana Star Field. 

A sold-out crowd of 600 fans in limited seating was treated to updated seats, a beautiful sunny day of late winter Albuquerque weather, and a pair of victories for the home Lobos.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the second inning in game one, the Lobos posted nine runs combined in innings two and three, including a seven-run third inning that included a pair of home runs by right fielder Harry Fullerton and designated hitter Jack Silverman. 

The Lobos racked up a total of 16 hits en route to an 11-7 victory, including a four-for-five performance from shortstop Mack Chambers. 

The Falcons put together a last inning rally in the top of the ninth inning off of UNM reliever Riley Egloff, but their efforts came up short, and the Lobos notched their second win of the season.

Justin Armbruester took the mound for head coach Ray Birmingham in game two of the double-header, with John Byrnes taking the bump for the Falcons. 

The two starters combined for an impressive 15 strikeouts in what proved to be a much lower-scoring game than game one.

Armbruester, a 6-4, 235-pound senior from Sammamish, Washington, pitched seven strong innings to earn the 5-2 win for UNM, with eight strikeouts and just two hits allowed.

Bobby Meza pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season. 

Left fielder Kyler Castillo and first baseman Jared Martin each logged two hits to lead the Lobos in game two, and Harry Fullerton added another RBI to finish the day win five runs batted in. 

The two teams will face off in game three of the series on Sunday at Noon. You can hear all of the exciting action live in crystal clear FM stereo, online at www.1017theteam.com, and on the TEAM App. 

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UNM Baseball: Lobos score walk-off run in the ninth to beat Kansas State 4-3

The New Mexico Lobos entered Sunday’s game against Kansas State, licking their wounds after a bullpen implosion against Gonzaga on Friday night and a 14-1 drubbing on Saturday against Oregon State. 

The Lobos would be without their manager Ray Birmingham, who was serving a two-game suspension for his ejection on Friday night arguing balls and strikes, and K State, despite a lopsided loss to Gonzaga on Saturday, defeated the same Oregon State team that dismantled the Lobos when the Beavers and Wildcats played on Friday. 

After managing just one run through the first seven innings of play, UNM scored three runs in the final two frames, including a walk-off, game-winning hit by Mack Chambers in the bottom of the ninth to give UNM a 4-3 win. Cole Posey would score on the play at the plate on a throwing error by second baseman Daniel Carinci. 

For the second time in three days, the Lobos played in a close game that ended on a walk-off. But this time, it was the Lobos in their turquoise jerseys rushing the field and celebrating on the diamond. 

Tristin Lively, a 6-0, 185 pound junior from Las Cruces, NM, would take the mound for the Lobos, tasked with slowing down a potent Kansas State offense. Lively was brilliant, scattering just three hits in six innings of work to earn the no-decision, with seven strikeouts and one earned run allowed. 

Kyler Castillo and Jared Martin each notched two hits to lead the Lobos offensively, with Martin driving in two of the team’s four runs. 

The Wildcats were led by starting pitcher Connor McCullough, who dominated the Lobos with seven strong innings of three-hit baseball, with nine strikeouts and two walks. 

UNM could not get much going against McCullough but fared much better against the Kansas State bullpen. The Lobos posted two hits and a pair of walks against Tyler Eckberg, including the walk-off fielder’s choice and throwing error that allowed centerfielder Cole Posey to score in the bottom of the ninth.

With the win, the Lobos move to 1-2 on the season and wrap up the four-game Baseball Classic with a rematch against Oregon State on Monday afternoon. 

Be sure to catch all of the exciting baseball action on ESPN Radio 101.7 The TEAM. You can also hear the game online at 1017theteam.com and on the TEAM App.

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UNM Baseball: Bulldogs score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Lobos 4-3

For the fourth straight season, the University of New Mexico Lobos kicked off their season in Surprise, Arizona, as part of the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic. 

The Lobos won two of four games in the classic last season, with a pair of wins over BYU before falling just short in the final game of the tournament against Gonzaga. UNM would win 12 of their remaining 14 games before COIVD-19 forced an early cancellation of the season.

The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the 9th inning of last year’s matchup to shock the Lobos and secure the 5-4 win. 

As the great Yogi Berra once said, it was like Deja Vu all over again for the Lobos, with Gonzaga once again scoring two in the ninth inning on Friday night to take a 4-3 victory. 

The Lobos kicked off scoring early, with Mack Chambers scoring on a fielder’s choice. Chambers, a sophomore from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, opened the season off with a single in his first at-bat in the Cherry and Silver after joining UNM from Seminole St. College. 

It was the first of two hits on the day for Chambers, who also flashed his glove with a couple of impressive plays at shortstop.

The Bulldogs responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, with an RBI single by infielder Brett Harris.

The two teams exchanged a pair of scoreless innings before the Lobos opened up a one-run lead when Willie Cano singled back up the middle to plate Castillo. Although the Lobos would end up leaving two players on base in the inning, starter Aaron Makil responded with a nice shutdown inning in the bottom of the fourth to keep momentum with UNM.

Kyler Castillo would hit a laser home run to left field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Lobos a one-run lead with six outs to go. Unfortunately for the Lobos, those final eight outs proved to be the most difficult of the game, and UNM’s bullpen imploded down the stretch.

Three walks and a critical error in the final two innings proved to be the deciding factors in the game. Payton Strambler did a fantastic job of getting out of trouble with a strikeout to end the eighth inning, but he walked two batters, and the leadoff hitter reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth.

Furious with some questionable ball and strike calls that did not go his way, UNM head coach Ray Birmingham was ejected in the ninth for arguing with the home plate umpire. 

With one out and the bases loaded, Isaiah Campa relieved Strambler with UNM clinging to a one-run lead and the tying run just 90 feet away. Campa would end up hitting Brett Harris for the fifth hit-by-pitch by Lobo pitchers on the night, sending home the tying run from third. 

The Bulldogs would plate the game-winning run on a fielder’s choice by Andrew Orzel, completing the comeback and the second devastating loss in consecutive years for the Lobos. 

On the bright side for UNM fans, starting pitcher Aaron Makil pitched a solid game with six innings of four-hit baseball and shortstop Mack Chambers impressed both at the dish and with his glove. 

UNM will look to bounce back tomorrow against Oregon State, who lost to Kansas State 3-2 on Friday. 

Tune in tomorrow to hear all of the exciting action from Surprise, AZ. Listen on-air, online at www.1017theteam.com, and on the TEAM App. 

2020-21 UNM Basketball

Lobos force overtime but come up short against Cowboys 

Makuach Maluach posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Javonte Johnson hit a game-tying three-point shot in the closing minute to force overtime, but the Lobos were unable to come up with their second MWC victory of the season, falling to Wyoming 83-74 on Wednesday Night.

After trailing 33-29 at the break, UNM shot an impressive 64% from the floor in the second period and 67% from behind the arc, with no bigger three than the corner basket from Johnson with 29 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period.

Wyoming was led by a balanced attack of six players in double figures, led by freshman guard Marcus Williams with 17.

Although the Lobos were the better team on most metrics, including field goal percentage, rebounds, and points in the paint, the difference in the game proved to be Wyoming’s superior play in overtime and their advantage on points off turnovers.

The two evenly matched teams face off again on Friday on a neutral site in Colorado Springs.

The Lobos (1-12 in MWC, 5-12 overall) will then finish the season with a pair of games on the road against Air Force on 2/22/21 and 2/24/212.