Lobos Advance to Championship With 7-1 Win Over Rebels
May 24, 2013
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FRESNO, Calif. - In the eighth game of the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship, the top two seeds faced each other for the first time at Pete Beiden Field with the regular season champion New Mexico Lobos defeating No. 2 seed UNLV 7-1 on Friday evening.
Top-seeded New Mexico (37-18) used a solid pitching performance by senior right-hander Sam Wolff, who tossed 6.2 strong innings with seven strikeouts and just one run allowed. UNM reliever Hobie McClain came in for the final 2.1 scoreless frames and threw three strikeouts to pick up his first save of the season.
Co-Mountain West Player of the Year Mitch Garver went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored - highlighted by a booming two-run home run in the bottom of the third to make the score 4-0.
Chase Harris scored the first run of the game for the Lobos on Garver's first single during the bottom of the first inning.
Wolff struck out Matt McCallister to end the Rebels' potential scoring opportunity in the second, leaving runners on the corners.
With one out in the second, UNM outfielder Luke Campbell powered a double to left center, followed by another double by Harris to drive in Campbell giving the Lobos a 2-0 lead.
With runners on the corners in the top of the seventh, UNLV left fielder Joey Swanner connected for a single to bring home the Rebels' first and only run of the game, plating Erik Van Meetren.
New Mexico, who is ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Baseball America, posted a total of 10 hits in handing UNLV (37-19) its first loss of the tournament. The win moves the Lobos into Saturday night's Championship game at 7 p.m. PT. UNM will need just one more win to secure the tournament title. The Lobos will face the winner of Saturday's 3 p.m. elimination game between UNLV and San Diego State.