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Lobos Fall in Series Opener At Air Force

by Alma Solis

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The University of New Mexico baseball team fell, 17-2, in the series opener at Air Force on Friday afternoon.

Braydon Runion led the team as he went 2-for-4 outing with two RBI as he drove home the Lobos’ only pair of runs with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his fourth home run of the season.

The Falcons scattered nine runs through the first two innings as they came out swinging hot bats. Riley Egloff rang up two during the first two innings. He kept the Falcons to no runs on a single hit in the third, the best inning he turned in during the outing. The Falcons scored another run in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead, but Egloff fanned his third batter of the night before exiting the game with four full innings pitched.

The Lobos got something cooking in the fifth inning as a single hit by Kyle Landers, a walk drawn by Justin Olson and a walk by Chase Weissenborn, but the runners were left stranded.

In the bottom of the inning, Bobby Meza came in to relieve Egloff. A couple batters reached base on a walk and hit by pitch but Meza was able to get out of the inning unscathed as he forced a flyout, infield fly and popup.

New Mexico finally got on the board as Lenny Junior Ashby drew a walk and then Runion hit a jack to center field to bring them both home and cut their deficit to 10-2.

The Falcons answered with a home run of their own, theirs a solo jack, in the bottom of the frame to make the score 11-2. Air Force went on to score six more runs through the seventh and eighth to extend their lead to 17-2.

The Lobos once again got something cooking in the eighth as Lance Russell and Jeffrey David hit two back-to-back singles but the rally was ended by a double play and lineout. New Mexico was unable to bring home another run and fell to Air Force by a final score of 17-2.

New Mexico’s record falls to 9-13 (3-4 MW), while Air Force improves to 8-12 overall (2-4 in MW).

The Lobos and Falcons continue the series with game two set for tomorrow at noon (MT).

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