USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force baseball (23-26, 11-14 MW) dropped a 13-12 contest to New Mexico (18-31-1, 11-19 MW) in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons dropped a one-run game to the Lobos for the second-straight day.
Air Force was unable to maintain a 12-11 lead as New Mexico scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally back. The Lobos scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded hit by pitch. Richard Ware drew the hit by pitch that scored Justin Watari from third.
The Falcons had 13 hits in the game, with five players recording two hits. Nic Ready homered and drove in three runs. The junior hit his conference-leading 17th home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to 26 games.
Ashton Easley went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Drew Wiss hit a two-run homer, going 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs. Rob Dau had two hits and two RBIs. Tyler Zabojnik and Colby Brown added two hits each.
Ethan Nichols (0-2) took the loss with 2.2 innings in relief. Starter Matt Hargreaves pitched 5.1 innings. Luke Chilcutt, Shawn Kelley and Jake Gilbert also pitched in relief.
New Mexico had 17 hits. Watari and Jeff Deimling had four hits each for the Lobos. Hayden Schilling added a home run and four RBIs.
Drew Gillespie (3-1) picked up the win in relief. Malachi Edmond threw a scoreless ninth for the save. Lobo starter Cody Dye pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 11 runs.
After New Mexico scored two runs in the first inning, the Falcons scored six in the bottom of the inning to jump ahead 6-2. A run by UNM and two by AFA made it a 8-3 Air Force lead after two innings.
New Mexico scored a run in the third and then five in the top of the sixth to go up 9-8. The Falcons came right back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, capped by the two-run homer by Wiss, to go back up 11-9.
New Mexico tied it up with two runs in the seventh.
Air Force was able to re-take the lead with a run in the eighth, when Dau singled through the right side to score Ryan Robb, who tripled earlier in the inning.
The Falcons were unable to hold the lead as the Lobos rallied in the ninth.
The series finale is tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 1 pm MT.