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Lobos rally in 9th, get wild win at Air Force

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — New Mexico (18-31-1, 11-18) scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and held off host Air Force 13-12 Saturday. The Lobos go for the sweep Sunday (1 p.m., 101.7 FM, vs. the Falcons (23-26, 11-14).

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.)

Box score: New Mexico 13, Air Force 12