ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Air Force baseball dropped a 11-10 ballgame at #17 New Mexico in Mountain West action Friday afternoon at Lobo Field. The Falcons dropped to 13-31, 5-17 and the Lobos improved to 28-17, 18-4.
After rallying with three runs in the top of the lead to take a 10-9 lead, the Falcons allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning to lose in heartbreaking fashion.
Centerfielder Josh Melendez hit the game-winning RBI, knocking in D.J. Peterson for the game-winning walk-off run. Melendez paced UNM's 16-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.
Air Force had 13 hits in the game. Junior first baseman Seth Kline went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Falcons. Senior catcher Garrett Custons scored three runs and hit a double. Left fielder Mariano Long added two hits, including a double and two runs.
Jack Hourin (0-4) took the loss in relief. Starting pitcher Cameron White pitched 6.1 innings, striking out five.
Josh Walker (7-0) blew the save in relief for the Lobos, but was credited with the win. Starting pitcher Brew Bridges was tagged for six runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
New Mexico scored two runs in the second to take an early lead. The Falcons tied it up in the top of the third with three runs. New Mexico came right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to go back up 4-2.
The Falcons responded with a five-run fourth to go up 7-4. New Mexico tied the game back up with three runs in the sixth and went ahead 9-7 with two runs in the seventh.
The Falcons rallied back with the three-run ninth to take a 10-9 lead. Freshman Zach Reks had a pinch-hit single that tied the game up and a throwing error led to the go-ahead run.
Game two of the three game series is tomorrow at 1 p.m.