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Lobos suffer series sweep against Rebels

John Pustay scored the Lobos' only runs on a home run and a wild pitch.
John Pustay scored the Lobos' only runs on a home run and a wild pitch.
Courtesy of UNM, used with permission

The New Mexico baseball team entered the weekend ranked for the first time all season. The Lobos will be unranked when the polls come out again Monday.

That is all thanks to UNLV, as the host Rebels rolled to a 14-2 rout on Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. UNLV (28-15, 16-8) moves a half-game ahead of No. 24 UNM (31-14-1, 14-7) atop the Mountain West standings.

The Rebels outscored the Lobos 39-10 over the weekend. UNLV won five of the six meetings between the teams this season, a year after UNM did not lose a single conference series.

Senior Josh Walker (6-3) had no more luck cooling off the Rebels' red-hot bats than any other Lobo pitcher this weekend. Walker allowed nine runs, six earned, on 12 hits and one walk in 5.1 innings.

Bryan Bonnell (5-3) kept UNM off the board until the seventh inning. Overall he allowed just one run on four hits and three walks in 7.2 innings.

John Pustay went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the seventh inning. He also scored the Lobos' second run on a wild pitch in the eighth.

Morgan Stotts was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI for UNLV. He was one of nine Rebels with at least two hits in the game.

UNM will return home to lick its wounds. The Lobos will open a three-game series against San Diego State on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a single game May 5 against Utah Valley.

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