The New Mexico baseball team suffered another bitter defeat at the hands of visiting UNLV.
After imploding in the final two innings to lose 8-2 on Friday, this time around the Lobos were nipped 3-2 by the Rebels, who clinched the series.
UNM (8-6-1, 0-2 Mountain West) won every conference series it played last season.
This time around the Lobos trailed 2-1 in the seventh inning. Aaron Siple drew a leadoff walk and moved to second and then third on consecutive groundouts. Freshman Danny Collier drove him in with a single through the left side that briefly tied the game.
The Rebels (10-3, 5-0) responded in the eighth inning as T.J. White hit a leadoff single, chasing UNM starter Colton Thomson (1-2) from the game. Victor Sanchez came in, but he balked White over to second base. After a sacrifice bunt moved White to third, Sanchez nearly got out of trouble by striking out Erik VanMeetren.
It was not to be, however, as Morgan Stotts reached on an error by shortstop Jared Holley while White scored the winning run.
In the ninth inning, Collier reached on an error with two outs and then went to third on Chase Harris' single to right-center. With the tying run 90 feet away, freshman Jack Zoellner failed to come through, striking out looking on an 0-2 pitch.
Collier and Harris both went 2-for-5, the only Lobos with multiple hits.
Thomson took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on 10 hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
John Richy (3-0) earned the win for the Rebels, allowing just two runs in seven innings. Kenny Oakley earned his second save with two scoreless innings to finish the game.
The Lobos will try to salvage the last game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.