Justin Watari had four of UNM’s 17 hits, including the game-tying single in the ninth to drive home Phillip Sikes. Watari scored the game-winner later in the inning when Richard Ware was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded. Jeff Deimling also had four hits and drove in three runs for UNM.
UNM overcame Air Force’s six-run first inning against Lobo starter Cody Dye. Drew Gillespie (3-1) earned the win, and Malachi Emond his first save with a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth.
New Mexico and Air Force combined for 25 runs, 30 hits and eight walks in Saturday’s game, the second one-run win in as many days for the Lobos.
UNM is last in the seven-team Mountain West Conference but is playing a spoiler this weekend. Air Force came into the weekend tied for third place, but now must make up some ground to assure itself of at least a fourth-place finish and a berth in the four-team league postseason tournament. (Click here for standings.)