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Lobos Come from Behind for a 4-3 Walk-Off Win Over K-State

SURPRISE, Ariz. — There has been a lot of anticipation surrounding The University of New Mexico’s baseball team, and after a two-game adjustment period, the Lobos (2-1) proved why in a thrilling walk-off win over Kansas State (1-2). With the game tied at three-a-piece going into the bottom of the ninth, sophomore shortstop Mack Chambers hit a ball through the right-field, allowing sophomore Cole Posey to make it home, earning the walk-off win for the Lobos.

The series of plays that created the scoring opportunity started with the first at-bat as the Wildcat pitcher walked Posey. To advance the sophomore, red-shirt senior Connor Mang hit a sacrifice-bunt, allowing Posey to move to second. Next up was Chambers, who created the opportunity for the walk-off win.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Bobby Meza was credited with the Lobo win after holding the Wildcats to only three runs through the ninth inning. Meza took the mound with one runner on-base. The first batter Meza met singled through the left side, placing two men on base. The next at-bat was a sacrifice-bunt, allowing the two runners to advance to second and third. After a pop-up fly to first baseman Jared Martin, Meza closed the inning with a strikeout, leaving two men on base for K-State.

Senior Jared Martin was again the first player to put the Lobos on the board, hitting his second home run of the season in the fourth inning. Prior to this run, the Lobos trailed 3-0.

The Lobos tied the game in the eighth inning, starting with Chambers, who was hit-by-a-pitch, placing him on first base. Junior outfielder Kyler Castillo then singled through the left side, advancing Chambers to second. On senior Harry Fullerton’s second at-bat, he hit a fly to shortstop, picking up the first out for the Lobos. Martin then singled up the middle, allowing Castillo to make his way to third, sending Chambers home. Junior Willie Cano then reached first on a fielder’s choice to shortstop, putting out Martin, but allowing Castillo to score. The inning closed with a fly out to right field, but the Lobos managed to tie the game.

Right-handed pitcher Tristin Lively started on the mound and pitched for a total of six innings. The junior saw 19 at-bats while allowing only three hits with seven strikeouts, finishing with a team-best 1.50 ERA. Lively ended the sixth inning with his seventh strikeout, leaving two Wildcats on base.

The Lobo defense was solid throughout the entirety of the game. At the top of the first and in his first career start, freshman Chase Weissenborn grabbed a line drive through the middle, launching it to first base, putting the Wildcats down 1-2-3 in the first.

Senior catcher Jarrett Gonzales also played a significant role in today’s game. After a strike from Lively, Gonzales launched the ball to Chambers for the put-out at the top of the third. A similar play took place at the top of the sixth. After another strike from Lively, Gonzales, from his knees, launched the ball to Weissenborn, stopping the stolen-base attempt by K-State.

The Lobos will take the field tomorrow in their last game of the Sanderson Ford College Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The team will face the Oregon State Beavers for the second time this weekend. The game is set to take place at 3 p.m. MT. Fans can view this game through FloBaseball.TV (a paid TV service), by listening to ESPN 101.7 THE TEAM, or by following the live stats here.