No. 2 New Mexico Shuts Out No. 3 Nevada 3-0

 

Courtesy of Chelsey Chamberlain, UNM Athletics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The second-seeded New Mexico baseball team (36-21) used solid pitching and a few runs to shutout the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-23) 3-0, the first shutout of the 2016 Mountain West Championship, on Thursday evening at Santa Ana Star Field, on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

New Mexico advances to Friday’s winner’s bracket and will play Air Force at 7 p.m. MT. Nevada drops to the loser’s bracket and will play San Diego State at 11 a.m. MT.

The Lobos received a solid pitching performance from senior left-hander Colton Thomson as he threw his first-ever complete game, a three-hit shutout over the Wolf Pack. He collected a career-tying 11 strikeouts and walked one. Thomson improves to 7-3 on the season with the win.

“That’s a great job, by a great young man,” said New Mexico head coach Ray Birmingham. “Changing speeds, pitching for strikes and locating pitches was the key tonight. This team has been injured and there are a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the field so tip your hat to Lobo baseball.”

“It feels great,” said Thomson. “Just to finish feels amazing. I kept on telling myself to get through the fourth, the fifth and then it was the ninth. But I give a lot of respect to Nevada. They are a great hitting team.”

The Lobos offense opened up the game with a run in the first and two runs in the second. Junior Chris DeVito brought in a run with his single through the right side. In the second, sophomore Luis Gonzalez had a two-RBI single up the middle.

After the Lobos’ three runs, they were held scoreless the rest of the game over the next four innings by Nevada’s right-handed starter Trevor Charpie. Charpie was charged with the loss and is now 5-4 on the season. He allowed three runs off five hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.

At the plate, Gonzalez and DeVito each had two hits. Gonzalez went 2-for-3 three while DeVito went 2-for-4. For Nevada, junior Miles Mastrobuoni finished with a two of the three Nevada hits, going 2-for-3.

Live streaming of the 2016 MW Baseball Championship is available through the Mountain West Network (MWN) on TheMW.com and CampusInsiders.com. All live broadcasts are free of charge. Paul Loeffler, Robert Portnoy, Don Marchand and Chris Ello will call the games from Santa Ana Star Field. David Lombardi returns to the MWN broadcast team to provide color analysis and in-game features for a fourth consecutive season.

In addition, fans can watch live video on their mobile devices for free with the MW mobile app. Links to live stats, game highlights, recaps and box scores will also be available on the Mountain West Championship Central page on TheMW.com. The Mountain West application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Broadcasts are also available on the Campus Insiders app and Verizon customers can watch on the go90 app.

Fans also can follow the Championship through the league’s social media channels on Twitter (@MW_OlySports), Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/add/mountainwest), YouTube (MountainWestConf), Facebook (MountainWestConference), and Instagram (MountainWestConference) for updates on each game. Followers are encouraged to use the hashtag #MWBSB16 when posting throughout the championship.