COLORADO SPRINGS — Welcome back, D.J. Peterson.
After missing the previous four games because of a hamstring injury, the Lobos’ All-America first baseman walked, singled, doubled, homered and drove in five runs as the New Mexico baseball team (15-14, 7-3) won 11-5 over the Falcons (8-20, 2-5) on Friday and solidified its share of first place in the Mountain West Conference.
Hobie McClain hurled 3â…” innings of relief of starter Kevin Baumgartner to earn his first victory of the season, and Josh Walker earned his fifth save.
UNM coach Ray Birmingham won his 999th career game, 181 of those coming at UNM.
NMSU 16, DALLAS BAPTIST 5 (7 inn.): In Las Cruces, Robert Lecount, homered, tripled and drove in five runs to pace a 15-hit onslaught for the Aggies (17-14, 3-4 WAC). Lecount and Parker Hipp homered in a nine-run NMSU third inning to erase a 4-3 deficit.
In Tempe, Ariz., the No. 3 Lobos shot an 8-under 276 Friday for a five-stroke first-round lead over San Diego State at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Also in the 18-team field is No. 1 California, which has won eight of its nine tournaments this year. The Bears are tied for fourth at even-par 284.
Sophomore Victor Perez paced UNM with a 5-under 66 that is two shots off the lead in second place.
New Mexico State is tied for seventh at 5-over 289. NMSU senior Justin Shin shot even-par 71 and is tied for 16th.
UNM 7, BOISE STATE 6: At Lobo Field, senior Cassandra Kalapsa hit a walk-off home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh for the Lobos (17-23, 1-3), who picked up their first MWC win. Today is Alumni Night at Lobo Field, where UNM and Boise State (16-18-1, 0-1) play at 6 p.m.
NMSU 5, UT-ARLINGTON 1: In Las Cruces, Alex Newman (12-8) pitched a complete-game four-hitter as the Aggies (24-13, 6-1 WAC) defeated the Mavericks (17-17, 2-5). Emma Adams and Amber Olive each drove in two runs.
UNLV 4, UNM 3: The No. 64-ranked Runnin’ Rebels won the last three singles matches, including Johannes Markel’s 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 clincher over Lobo Riaan Du Toit. Sunday’s 11 a.m. match against Fresno State is the home finale and Senior Day for Jadon Phillips and Conor Berg.