New Mexico Lobos Beat Aggies 12-10 To Win Rivalry Cup

May 15, 2012

New Mexico Lobos Baseball -- at Isotopes Park

Lobos 12, New Mexico State 10

ALBUQUERQUE -- The skid is over. The Rio Grande Rivalry Cup is safe.

In the Lobos longest game of the season, New Mexico defeated New Mexico State 12-10 Tuesday night in 11 innings to snap a losing streak to the Aggies that dated back to March 10, 2010. The win also gave the Lobos the 2011-12 Rio Grande Rivalry Cup.

The Lobos got the win in the bottom of the 11th inning on a two-run homer by Mitchell Garver.

If the Aggies had defeated the Lobos Tuesday, the two schools would have tied for the Cup. NMSU stepped into Isotopes Park with a 3-0 lead over the Lobos this season. The Lobos fell behind 4-0 and went up 7-4 before the teams battled to a 10-all tie at the end of regulation.

The Lobos had a chance to end the contest in the 10th frame when freshman Ryan Padilla led off the inning with a long double to the right-field corner. He was stranded at that bag.

The Aggies scored two in the top of the eighth to carry a two-run lead into the bottom of that frame. NMSU promptly helped out the Lobos with two errors that placed Lobo runners on second and third. They scored on a single by Melendez to form a 9-all knot.

NMSU went up 10-9 in the top of the ninth, but a Ben Woodchick single again formed a tie - this time 10-10.

The win gives UNM a 30-22 mark heading into their final Mountain West series Thursday, Friday and Saturday vs. Air Force.