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Lobos Take Down Nevada 5-1 in Series Finale

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was a different ball game today for the University of New Mexico baseball team, as the Lobos (8-11, 6-6 MW) held Nevada (7-10, 4-5 MW) to just one run, taking down the Wolf Pack 5-1 in the series finale. Junior pitcher Tristin Lively was credited with the team win today and improves to 2-1 on the season.

“It feels fantastic to get this win; the kids did a great job today,” said head coach Ray Birmingham. “Tristin Lively was awesome, and (Terrell) Hudson came in and was money.”

Lively started on the mound for UNM and pitched a total of six innings, struck out six batters, and allowed just two hits on the day. Although the Wolf Pack scored in the first inning, Lively posted three 1-2-3 innings, rendering Nevada scoreless through the remainder of the game. Sophomore Terrell Hudson closed out the game for the Lobos and pitched a total of 1.2 innings, faced six batters, and struck out two, lowering his ERA to 1.88.

All of UNM’s runs came in the fifth inning, starting with a single to the right-field from senior Lance Russell that earned him an RBI and brought junior Jack Silverman home. Junior Kyler Castillo then went on to hit a three-RBI double that was a near-grand slam. Sophomore Mack Chambers, junior Adam Scheider, and Russell all scored on the play. The next at-bat was senior Kyle Landers, who tripled to left field, scoring Castillo and increased the Lobo lead to 5-1. The five-run fifth inning was enough to secure the win for the Lobos.

Castillo led the Lobos offensively, going three-for-four from the plate, delivering two doubles, and posting three RBIs and one run. Russell went two-for-three on the day with one run and one RBI. Both Silverman and Chambers went one-for-three and posted a run in the game.

Chambers and Landers connected for four six-to-three putouts, and Landers racked in seven putouts on the day, 27 in total for the Lobos.

Next, the team will travel to San Diego, Calif., to take on San Diego State in another three-game conference series. Then, the Lobos will return home to host San Jose State April 10-11.

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