LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The New Mexico State women’s golf team was in third place after shooting a 9-over-par 293 Thursday during the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Championship at Oakwood Golf Club.
The Aggies, seeking their fifth conference title in the last six years, boast two golfers in the top four with Dominique Galloway of Rio Rancho posting a 69 (2-under) to put her in a tie for first place with Seattle University’s Vendela From.
Pun Chanachai, New Mexico State’s career win leader with six tournament victories, is in a fourth-place tie after firing an even-par 71 in the first round.
After one round from the WAC Championship, Utah Valley is in first place on the team leaderboard with a 5-over 289.
MEN’S GOLF: New Mexico and New Mexico State are in the 15-team field competing at the Cougar Classic today and Saturday at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.
Senior Sean Carlon leads for the Lobos in the conference as his average of 0.33 vs. par puts him in a tie for fourth place in the Mountain West. Redshirt-sophomore Ross Sinclair is in 15th with an average of 1.07 vs. par, and freshman Sam Choi is 18th with a 1.11 average vs. par.
NMSU’s starting lineup is: Tadgh Campbell, Ryo Harada, Tanvir Kahlon, Mike McGilton and Garrison Smith.
BASEBALL: At Santa Ana Star Field, UC Riverside (12-23) got 18 hits against seven UNM pitchers in taking an 18-10 win over the Lobos (16-21). UCR broke a 9-9 tie with a six-run seventh inning.
Hayden Schilling led the Lobos by going 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Zack Doak was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
In Orem, Utah, New Mexico State (27-9, 10-3 WAC) walloped Utah Valley (8-29, 5-8) 14-0 behind the four-hit pitching of Brock Whittlesey (5-1). Tristen Carranza hit a three-run homer in an eight-run seventh inning to cap the rout. The teams are to play again tonight at 6.
SOFTBALL: New Mexico State’s opportunity to get back into the WAC regular-season race begins today when the Aggies (21-18, 4-5) host first-place Grand Canyon (26-17, 8-1) for a single game at 6 p.m. The two teams play a doubleheader Saturday at 4 p.m.
• New Mexico (12-29, 3-10) opened a three-game home set against Boise State (26-9, 6-7) with a 7-4 comeback victory Thursday night. Bailey Klitzke had three hits and three RBIs for the Lobos, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit. UNM resumes play today against the Broncos (26-8, 6-6) at 4 p.m.
MEN’S TENNIS: Led by reigning Mountain West Player of the Week Ricky Hernandez Tong, UNM (12-6) defeated Northern Colorado 4-1 on Thursday. It was the Lobos’ eighth straight win.