Lobo baseball: UNM ousted from MWC tourney

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Last Updated: 28 May 2014
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The longest game of the season had its saddest ending Friday for the University of New Mexico baseball team.

The Lobos lost a 9-4 elimination game in 11 innings to Nevada and were ousted from the Mountain West tournament at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Their lackluster 0-2 performance in the event likely dealt a fatal blow to their hopes for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.

The NCAA Selection Show is at 10 a.m. Monday, and the league regular-season co-champions’ only solace is that stranger things have happened.

No. 2-seeded UNM squandered numerous chances against the Wolf Pack before it got to the 11th. Then, Nevada (31-26) stroked six singles – four never leaving the infield – and a 3-3 tie became 9-3.

NCAA Selection Show, 10 a.m., ESPNU

UNM (37-20-1) answered by plating a run and loading the bases in its half, but never got the tying run to the plate.

Sam Haggerty and Chase Harris had three hits each to lead UNM, but the Lobos stranded 19 base runners. The two teams combined to go 10-for-45 with runners in scoring position, but eight of those hits came in the final frame of the contest.

Nothing hurt UNM as much as the bottom of the ninth, though. Harris hit a slow roller to third and the throw to first went wide allowing UNM’s right fielder to advance to second with no outs.

But a line-out to center, an intentional walk, a fly-out to deep left and a strikeout ended the frame and sent the game to extra innings.

The Lobos squandered a quality start from Colton Thomson – who allowed two runs in six-plus frames. Sophomore Victor Sanchez (4-1) pitched two innings and was charged with four earned runs on five Wolf Pack hits.

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