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UNM beach volleyball team has disappointing day

FORT WORTH – The 12th-ranked University of New Mexico beach volleyball team fell in both of its matches to open the Cowtown Classic, dropping a 3-2 match to TCU before falling 5-0 to No. 1 USC.

Although the Lobos (16-6) battled in both matches, they had their monthlong hot streak halted by the Horned Frogs (16-5) and the Trojans (21-2) at the TCU Beach Volleyball Courts. Before Friday, UNM had won 13-of-14 matches dating back to March 13.

“It was an extremely disappointing day for us,” head coach Jeff Nelson said. “We really came out flat and just couldn’t get it together.”

The Lobos will get a chance to rebound today as they wrap up the Cowtown Classic vs. ULM at 8 a.m.

BASEBALL: In San Jose, Calif., after overcoming an early 5-0 deficit to tie the game at 7-7 and then 8-8, the Lobos fell 9-8 to San Jose State in the opener of a Mountain West series for the first time this season, dropping to 24-11 overall and 12-4 in the conference.

… In Las Cruces, Daniel Johnson and Dan Hetzel each had two hits and an RBI to lead New Mexico State to a 7-4 win over Utah Valley.

Matthew McHugh (5-2) pitched 61/3 innings of relief to get the win for the Aggies (21-12).

Mark Krueger hit a two-run home run in the third to cut Utah Valley’s deficit to 5-4 but Hetzel and L.J. Hatch added RBIs to give the Aggies a cushion.

… In Portales, falling just one run short of a dramatic comeback, Eastern New Mexico dropped its series opener against Tarleton State 6-5 Friday.

SOFTBALL: In Portales, Kiana Zerr scattered 11 hits to lead Eastern New Mexico (13-37, 4-22 Lone Star) to an eight-inning 5-4 win, to open a Senior Weekend against Texas Woman’s University.

The Pioneers (29-17, 17-9) bounced back to win the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader 9-8. The win in the opener snapped a 16-game Greyhound losing skid in the series.

… In Fort Collins, Colo., sophomore Chelsea Johnson exploded at the plate for the University of New Mexico Lobos, pacing them to a doubleheader sweep of Colorado State in a rainy morning in Fort Collins. The Lobos took Game 1 14-3 in six innings and claimed Game 2 7-6.

Johnson was the highlight of the day, going 7-for-8 with 10 RBIs off a grand slam and a two-run homer.

The Lobos improved to 20-17 on the season and are now 5-6 in the Mountain West. The Rams and the Lobos will meet again today at 1 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS: In Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico defeated Nevada 4-3.

The Lobos advance to 2-3 in conference play and 15-13 on the season.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: In El Paso, New Mexico State dropped the Battle of I-10 to UTEP, 4-1.