New Mexico capped its perfect run at the Mountain West Tournament, turning a massive 11-run comeback into a 14-4 mercy-rule win over Nevada on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Wolf Pack (37-24), playing their fourth elimination game of the tournament and second of the day, eventually ran out of gas against the Lobos (38-21).
Nevada beat Air Force 12-1 in the morning to reach the title game of the double-elimination event and would have needed to beat New Mexico twice to claim the championship and automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth, New Mexico put together a four-hit, four-run rally that included a three-run homer from Andre Pratt.
The Lobos homered two more times in the next inning – a solo shot from Chris DeVito and a two-run home run by Reece Weber, and followed them with a pair of RBI singles for a 12-4 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, New Mexico’s Carl Stajduhar hit a two-run single to left to end the game.
The NCAA Tournament field of 64 will be announced at 9 a.m. Monday on ESPNU.
Track and field – Fresno State junior Annemarie Schwanz is headed to the NCAA Championships in the 1,500-meter run, winning her heat Sunday in 4 minutes, 21.87 seconds at the West Prelims in Lawrence, Kan.
Schwanz and teammate Kyra Johnson, who qualified Friday in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.85, will compete June 8-11 at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Women’s tennis – Fresno State’s Mayar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed saw their run at the NCAA doubles championships end in a Saturday quarterfinal, falling 6-1, 7-5 to No. 4-seeded duo Maegan Manasse and Denisse Star of Cal in Tulsa, Okla.
It marks the end of a historic season and career for the Bulldogs sisters, who became the program’s fifth doubles team to earn All-America honors and were the only duo in the quarterfinals not ranked in the nation’s top 30.
Mayar is a sophomore, but Rana is a graduating senior. In two seasons, they were 46-13 while playing all but one match as the Bulldogs’ top doubles team.