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Lobos lose game but not ground in conference race

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The bad news for the New Mexico baseball team came in the form of a 6-5 loss to host Nevada on Saturday night. The good news came in the form of learning that UNLV lost 7-3 to San Diego State.

Add that all up and the Lobos (34-17-1, 17-9) and Rebels (30-19, 17-9) are still tied atop the Mountain West Conference standings with four games left to play in the regular season. The Wolf Pack (27-21, 15-11) also remain a game ahead of the Aztecs (34-17, 14-12) in the race for third place.

Trailing 6-1, UNM started a rally in the sixth inning when freshman Jack Zoellner swatted a two-out, two-run homer. John Pustay followed with a two-out RBI single in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-4.

Pinch hitter Danny Collier led off the ninth with an infield single. Pinch runner Kirby McGuire then came in for Collier, who has been battling a sore hamstring.

With two outs, Sam Haggerty singled down the right field line, and a subsequent error left the Lobos with runners at second and third. After a Colby Blueberg balk scored McGuire, Aaron Siple grounded out to Blueberg to end the game.

Haggerty stole home in the first inning to give UNM a brief lead. Nevada erased it in the bottom of the frame. An error by starting pitcher Colton Thomson (6-6) led to three unearned runs scoring, two on a single up the middle by Bryce Greager.

The Wolf Pack would add an RBI single by Brad Gerig in the second and a two-run double off the bat of Scott Kaplan in the third. Thomson ended up being charged with all six runs as he lasted five total innings, allowing 10 hits and no walks while striking out just one batter.

The Lobos and Wolf Pack will meet in the rubber match of the series Sunday at 2 p.m. UNM will send sophomore Drew Bridges (3-1, 3.99 ERA) to the mound, while Nevada's starter has not been announced.

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