No. 4 New Mexico Continues Run Through 2015 MW Baseball Championship
RENO, Nev. – The New Mexico Lobos downed the No. 1-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack 14-4 in a late game at Peccole Park to continue their hot streak. The game was called after seven innings due the 10-run rule instituted for the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship. The Lobos defeated Air Force in the first day of the tournament via the 10-run rule as well.
“We’ve been swinging the ball well since we got here,” said Sam Haggerty, the junior second baseman. “That’s something we’re going to have to continue to do.”
Several players had their bats going for New Mexico on Thursday night. Haggerty went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Lane Milligan brought home four on the night. Jack Zoellner scored three runs in addition to the two he brought in with his 3-for-5 game. Reece Weber went 3-for-3 and Aaron Siple had two RBIs on two hits.
The Lobos struck quickly in the top of the first with back-to-back doubles from Haggerty and Milligan to score one. They then loaded the bases with one out, but Nevada turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam. New Mexico led 1-0 in the bottom of the first.
Nevada had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the second, putting a runner in scoring position. Jordan Devencenzi stepped up to bat and found the gap in left center to bring Kewby Meyer home and tie the game at one.
Haggerty found himself on third base with one out in the top of the third. He was brought home when Cory Voss grounded out to second, giving the Lobos a 2-1 lead.
Weber started the fourth inning with a triple to right field. Siple stepped up to bat next, getting a ball deep to center field for the sacrifice fly to bring the score to 3-2.
New Mexico loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with no outs against Nevada relief pitcher Jojo Romero. Zoellner drove home two with a single to left field, extending their advantage to 5-1. A successful bunt from Weber loaded the bases again before Siple singled to drive home another run. The Lobos brought two more across before the end of the inning, leading 8-1.
The Lobos put men on first and second with no outs to start the sixth inning. A sacrifice hit from Weber brought a run home and upped the score to 9-1. A bunt in the next at bat by Siple allowed Zoellner to score from second as the Wolf Pack left home plate empty. The visiting team tacked on three more to bring the score to 13-1 and make the 10-run rule a possibility.
Nevada scored its second run of the game when Devencenzi knocked Bryce Greager home in the bottom of the sixth. New Mexico continued to lead 13-2.
Another run came across for the Lobos in the top of the seventh when Jared Holley singled to bring home Zoellner, putting the score at 14-2.
Nevada scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 14-4, but the 10-run rule stayed in effect, ending the game in favor of the Lobos.
Meyer went 2-for-3 with a run for the Wolf Pack and Devencenzi brought home three, going 3-for-4 in the game.
New Mexico moves on to play Fresno State in day three of the tournament tomorrow at 7 p.m. PT, while Nevada will move down to the losers bracket and play the winner of the Air Force-San Diego State at 3 p.m. PT tomorrow.
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