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Lobos Split Doubleheader with Holy Cross on Saturday
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobos split their doubleheader against Holy Cross on Saturday at Santa Ana Star Field, losing the first game, 7-5, and winning the second game in walk-off fashion, 6-5.
The Crusaders sprinkled four runs across the first two innings for an early 4-0 advantage. After no score in the third and fourth innings, Holy Cross tacked on three more runs in the fifth through seventh innings for a 7-0 lead. The Lobos rallied for five runs through the last three innings, on a Kyle Landers RBI double and Jack Silverman RBI sacrifice hit in the seventh inning, a wild pitch to score Kamron Willman and Landers RBI single in the eighth, and a bases-loaded walk to score Cole Posey in the ninth. Although the Lobos scored many late, they were unable to catch up to Holy Cross, falling 7-5 in the first game of the doubleheader.
The Lobos struck first in the bottom of the first as Adam Schneider scored on a sacrifice hit by Lenny Junior Ashby. The Crusaders responded in the third inning, scoring two to give Holy Cross the 2-1 lead. Ashby then smashed a solo home run down the right field line to knot the game at 2-2.
Holy Cross scattered four runs across the middle three innings for a 6-2 advantage. Through the last three innings, great pitching by Matt Haley and Owen Loesch prevented the Crusaders from scoring again.
New Mexico began chipping away at its deficit in the seventh inning as a single by Schneider scored Posey and Cody Holtz, making the score 6-4, Crusaders. In the eighth inning, the Lobos tacked on another run as Braydon Runion singled to center to bring home Jeffrey David, getting down the Crusaders’ lead to a single run.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Lobos went to work. A single, a walk and a fielding error loaded the bases for New Mexico. Pinch hitting, Lance Russell worked a full count to walk in Schneider for the game-tying run. With bases still loaded and one out, Willie Cano then stepped up to the plate and ripped the very first pitch he saw down the right field line to bring home Chase Weissenborn and earn the walk-off 7-6 win over Holy Cross in the second game of the doubleheader.
New Mexico’s overall record sits at 2-5, while Holy Cross sits at 1-6.
The Lobos play their fourth and final game of the Holy Cross home-opening series on Sunday at noon (MT).
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