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Wolf Pack drops key series with New Mexico

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The Nevada Wolf Pack let one slip away Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.

The New Mexico Lobos scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat the Wolf Pack 6-5 and win the deciding game of this important Mountain West three-game series. The Pack had taken a 5-3 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run single by Trenton Brooks.

The loss drops the Wolf Pack into a tie for third place in the Mountain West at 15-12 with San Diego State. New Mexico leads the conference at 18-9 with UNLV second at 17-10 with three games remaining. The Wolf Pack will close out its Mountain West schedule with three games next weekend at UNLV.

All three games of this series were decided by one run. New Mexico beat the Pack 5-4 on Friday and the Pack beat the Lobos 6-5 on Saturday.

New Mexico scored its three runs in the eighth off Pack relievers Brooks and Adam Whitt. Whitt, who allowed two hits and a run without recording an out, suffered the loss to fall to 5-5 on the year. Whitt has now allowed six hits, five walks and four runs over his last three innings.

Chase Harris greeted Whitt with a run-scoring double with two outs in the eighth to cut the Pack lead to 5-4. Alex Real then drove in two runs with a single off Whitt as the Lobos took the lead.

The Pack took a quick 1-0 lead in the first and Kewby Meyer walked and scored. New Mexico scored three runs in the third off Pack starter Jason Deitrich as John Pustay had a RBI single and Real drilled a RBI double.

Deitrich lasted 6.2 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs while walking four and striking out seven.

The Pack, though, tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the third and fifth innings. Bryce Barger drove in Brad Gerig in the third and Meyer walked and went to second and third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a Lobo error.

The Wolf Pack regained the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. Kyle Hunt doubled with one out and New Mexico then elected to intentionally walk Austin Byler. Gerig then also walked to load the bases. Brooks followed with a two-run single for a 5-3 Pack lead.

The Wolf Pack had just five hits. Pustay had three hits for New Mexico and Real drove in three runs on two hits.

The Wolf Pack, now 27-22 overall, will host Utah Valley in a non-conference game on Tuesday (6 p.m.) at Peccole Park before leaving for Las Vegas to take on the Rebels starting on Thursday.

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