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Lobos sneak past Bulldogs

Victor Sanchez earned his sixth save as the Lobos defeated Fresno State.
Courtesy of UNM, used with permission

The New Mexico baseball team was able to grind out a 5-4 victory over visiting Fresno State on Friday night. It was the Lobos' fourth win in as many games against the Bulldogs this season.

UNM (25-11-1, 9-4 Mountain West) entered its half of the eighth inning with the game tied 4-4. Jack Zoellener led off with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Kirby McGuire.

McGuire advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on Aaron Siple's sacrifice fly to left field. Fresno State (18-16, 7-9) went down in order in the ninth as Victor Sanchez recorded his sixth save.

Jake Cole (2-1) earned the win in relief despite giving up an unearned run in his one inning of work. Starter Jonathan Cuellar gave up three runs in five innings.

The Lobos trailed 2-0 after the top of the first. Andre Vigil then smashed a three-run double in the bottom of the frame to put UNM ahead.

Chase Harris' RBI single in the fourth made it 4-2. The Bulldogs came back on an RBI groundout in the sixth and then a run-scoring error in the eighth.

The Lobos and Bulldogs will meet again Saturday at 2 p.m.