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Spring sports roundup: Two Lobo golfers share lead in Hawaii

LIHUE, Hawaii — Nobody is playing better at the John Burns Intercollegiate than New Mexico’s Ignacio Arcaya and Sam Choi. If those two can keep it up and bring some of their Lobo teammates with them Saturday, UNM could do something special.

Through two rounds at the par-72, 6,991-yard Wailua Golf Course, Arcaya and Choi share the lead with two other players at 4-under 140. And as a team, the 40th-ranked UNM men are in third place, only four shots off the lead, heading into Saturday’s final round of the John Burns Intercollegiate.

Through two rounds, the Lobos are 3-under 573. No. 10 Texas A&M leads the 21-team field at 7-under, and No. 15 BYU is 5-under. Seven squads in the nation’s top 43 are in the field.

While Choi has stayed steady with two rounds of 70, Arcaya blistered the field with a 66 in Friday’s round two. Also at 140 are Segundo Oliva Pinto of UNC Wilmington and Ellinois’ Tommy Kuhl.

Other Lobos competing are Albert Boneta (145), Galven Green (148) and Ross Sinclair.

SOFTBALL: In Cathedral City, Calif., New Mexico softball got the Mary Nutter Classic to a winning start early Thursday. And the 6-4 Lobos had a big challenge late Friday against No. 16 Arizona State.

But the memorable moment for most of the Lobos this weekend likely came in a 10-1 loss late Thursday, because it was against the U.S. Women’s National Team that is bound for Tokyo and is expected to win there as the sport gets re-introduced to the Olympics.

The Lobos fell 10-1 in five innings, their lone run coming off the bat of La Cueva grad Andrea Howard. The left-handed hitter lined a solo home run off the U.S. team’s Ally Carda in the top of the second inning r to make it 2-1.

It was one of two hits by UNM. Bailey Klitzke doubled for the other one.

Klitzke, a senior right-hander got the start for the Lobos in the circle and walked seven, complicating her outing — eight runs yielded on six hits in 3⅔ innings.

Howard may be facing the U.S. team again — in Tokyo. She is going to the Olympics with the No. 9 Italian team that she helped win a qualifying tournament last summer.

  • In El Paso, 7-4 New Mexico State won twice Friday at UTEP’s tournament, 12-1 in five innings over IUPUI and 8-5 over Omaha. The Aggies play those two teams again Saturday.

BASEBALL: In Las Cruces, highly regarded prospect Nick Gonzales homered and doubled as 5-0 New Mexico State held off winless Iona 7-5 on Friday in the opener of a four-game set at Presley Askew Field.

Gonzales has a .556 average with five homers and 18 RBIs for the Aggies, who play the Gaels (0-4) in a Saturday twin bill beginning at noon.

TENNIS: In Fullerton, Calif., UNM’s women (2-4) fell to Cal State Fullerton 4-3, splitting two matches on the West Coast after beating Cal State Northridge by the same score on Thursday.

In Corpus Christi, Texas, New Mexico State’s men split two matches at the H-E-B Tournament of Champions. The Aggies beat Troy 4-3, then lost 4-0 to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

GOLF: In Palm Desert, Calif., the New Mexico State men were tied for 18th as a team after the first day of the Wyoming Desert Collegiate. Freshmen Trey Diehl and Aidan Thomas led the Aggies, each shooting 1-over 73, good for a tie for 40th place.

SWIMMING: In Minneapolis, UNM sits in eighth place in the Mountain West Championships with one day remaining. The Lobos have 393 points.

Lobos Nicholle Toh, Hedda Øritsland and Mari Aoki all qualified for finals in their events.

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