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Spring sports: Lobo baseball, softball have horrific series openers

SAN DIEGO — The University of New Mexico baseball team had the kind of day Friday that will test its resiliency.

Hoping to put some pressure on first-place San Diego State, the Lobos instead lost a doubleheader in excruciating fashion at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The Aztecs stunned New Mexico (8-13, 6-8) with a six-run bottom of the ninth inning — without recording an out — and beat the Lobos 10-9 in game one . Then UNM lost with ace Justin Armbruester pitching seven innings of a 5-4, 10-inning defeat.

The two teams wrap up the series with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

In the opener, the Aztecs (15-6, 10-4) had seven of their 19 hits in the last inning with a walk in the mix. Terrell Hudson (0-3) took the loss, since his baserunner is the one who scored the game winner. Riely Egoff started the nightmarish ninth, and Bobby Meza was left to finish it. Harry Fullerton and Jarrett Gonzales both had two hits and drove in three runs for UNM.

In the nightcap, UNM trailed 4-1 before the Lobos’ Cole Posey had a two-run pinch-hit single in the seventh inning, and the Lobos tied it in the eighth. In the 10th inning, as each team started with a runner on second base, the Lobos were stymied. San Diego State got a walk, an infield hit and a walk-off single through the infield.

  • In Eugene, Ore., 10-12 New Mexico State fell 8-2 to No. 19 Oregon after losing the opener to the Ducks 5-0 on Thursday. The two teams play a Saturday afternoon doubleheader.

SOFTBALL: The 2-25 Lobos were on the wrong end of a no-hitter for the fourth time this season already in the opener of a league twin bill, a 6-0 loss at Fresno State. UNM got seven hits in the nightcap, three from Andrea Howard, but Fresno State plated five sixth-inning runs for a 9-1 walkoff win by mercy rule.

In game one, Fresno State pitcher Hailey Dolcini struck out 18 batters over the seven innings, only an error preventing a perfect game, as the Bulldogs beat UNM 6-0 in game one of a doubleheader.

In Las Cruces, the 17-16 Aggies got a dramatic three-run walk-off home run by redshirt freshman Maya Martinez to cap a four-run seventh-inning and defeat Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon 8-6 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. GCU won the opener 8-6, and the two teams play a Saturday rubber game at 1 p.m.

SOCCER: At Air Force Academy, Colo., the Lobo women (6-1, 6-1 MW) got goals from senior Alexa Kirton and junior Alesia Garcia in a 2-0 win over Air Force (2-5, 2-5). UNM allowed only seven shots in its fifth shutout in seven games. The Lobos stay in the Colorado Springs area for a noon Sunday matchup vs. Colorado College.

VOLLEYBALL: UNM concludes its regular season with a 1 p.m. match at the Pit vs. Utah State. No fans will be allowed due to pandemic-related public health restrictions. UNM is trying to snap a five-match losing streak, which was extended Thursday in a 3-0 home loss to Colorado State.

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