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Spring sports roundup: Galloway, Aggies win WAC women’s golf crown

Dominique Galloway, of Rio Rancho, on Saturday carried on the New Mexico State tradition of winning the Western Athletic Conference championships individual title. (NMSU file photo)

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Rio Rancho’s Dominique Gallway won medalist honors and her New Mexico State women’s golf team defeated Seattle University in a playoff Saturday to capture the Aggies’ fifth Western Athletic Conference championship in six years.

New Mexico State now awaits its destination for an NCAA golf regional. The NCAA Selection Show is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Golf Channel.

Galloway shot a third-round 72 and finished 1-over 214 on the par-71 Oakwood Golf Club course, good for a three-stroke victory over Grand Canyon’s Carolina Sandstrom. She is the Aggies’ fourth individual champion in the last five years.

BASEBALL: Hayden Schilling struck out Travis Bohall with two runners on base and the fearsome Connor Cannon on deck, and his third save of the season finished host New Mexico’s 10-9 win over UC Riverside Saturday in the rubber match of a three-game set.

On Saturday, the Lobos (18-21) and Highlanders Highlanders (12-25) combined for 19 runs on 28 hits. For the three-game set, both teams team hit over .368 as a club and combined for 68 runs on 89 hits.

Brayden Merritt had three of UNM’s 13 hits, and Tyler Kelly added two hits and two RBIs for the Lobos, who next face nationally ranked Texas Tech for games Tuesday and Wednesday in Lubbock.

  • In Orem, Utah, Tristen Carranza clubbed his 16th homer and drove in three runs for New Mexico State (28-10, 11-4 Western Athletic Conference) in its 12-11 win over host Utah Valley (9-30, 6-9). It is the fifth straight series win for the Aggies. Aldo Fernandez (2-2), the second of seven Aggie pitchers, received the win. UVU clubbed 16 hits in the loss.

The Aggies take their shot at Sacramento State, which leads them by a game in the WAC standings, in a three-game series beginning Friday.

  • In Lawton, Okla., Cameron routed Eastern New Mexico (13-27, 1-15 Lone Star) 17-7. ENMU wraps its season next weekend at home vs. Tarleton State.

MEN’S TENNIS: In Colorado Springs, Tim Buttner’s 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win over Tadhg Collins in No. 4 singles decided New Mexico’s 4-3 win over Air Force on Saturday, assuring the Lobos (13-6, 7-0) of the outright Mountain West title. The Lobos wrap their regular season today at Denver, which won its own title by going unbeaten in Summit League play.

TRACK AND FIELD: In Azusa, Calif., on Friday, Ada’oro Chigbo won the women’s high jump (5-7¼) and Beau Clafton won the javelin to highlight New Mexico’s participation in the final session of the Bryan Clay Invitational. Up next for UNM is the Brutus Hamilton Invite beginning Friday in Berkeley, Calif.

  • At the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., Taniya Mitchell finished 12th in the hammer throw with a New Mexico State-record 195 feet, 5 inches on Friday, highlighting the Aggies’ Friday.

MEN’S GOLF: In Provo, Utah, New Mexico finished sixth and New Mexico State tied for ninth in the 15-team Cougar Classic that concluded Saturday. The Lobos (12-under) were 12 strokes behind winner BYU. NMSU shot 9-over for the event. Sam Choi finished 8-under 208 to tie for third, nine strokes behind runaway winner Peter Kuest of BYU (17-under 199).

SOFTBALL: Host New Mexico gave up 13 unanswered runs to Boise State and lost 22-10 Saturday in Mountain West Conference softball.

The 28-9 Broncos pounded out 19 hits and scored six runs in the sixth inning and seven in the seventh. The staggered Lobos (12-31) can be glad the game didn’t go to the eight, in that case.

Boise State pounded seven home runs. Kiana Spencer (6-15) was charged with the loss, allowing three earned runs while recording just two outs. But Bailey Klitzke bore the brunt of the beating, allowing 14 runs and 13 hits over 5.1 innings.

Leadoff hitter D’Andra Deflora homered and doubled for the Lobos, who host New Mexico State on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

  • In Las Cruces, Analise De La Roca and Samaria Diaz combined on a five-hit shutout as NMSU (24-18, 6-6 WAC) beat Grand Canyon 4-0 in game two of a doubleheader. GCU (27-19, 8-3) won the opener 6-4.