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Baseball: Lobos climb ranks on streak

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By William Aranda / New Mexico Daily Lobo

UNM freshman infielder Andre Vigil jumps after a ball during Monday afternoon’s baseball game between the Lobos and Texas Tech held at Lobo Field. The Lobos defeated Texas Tech 4-3.

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The New Mexico baseball team earned its ninth-straight victory with a 4-3 decision over Texas Tech on Monday at Lobo Field.

Left fielder John Pustay had the game-winning hit, a double that went off of the second basemen’s glove, to score pinch runner Kirby McGuire all the way from first base.

The win also snapped No. 21 Texas Tech’s eight-game winning streak.

Earlier on Monday, Collegiate Baseball revealed that the Lobos were ranked 24th in its Top-25 poll.

“This was a big-time win… Today was a great game to grind it out,” Pustay said. “It’s big time for us to get nationally ranked now, and this (win) should solidify that.”

Closer Victor Sanchez pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He’s now 3-0 on the season with an 0.98 ERA.

The Red Raiders (32-12) struck first with two runs in the top of the second inning. Third baseman Ryan Long hit a two RBI double.

UNM (31-11-1) answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame.

The Lobos took the lead in sixth inning after first baseman Jack Zoellner scored on a throwing error by the Red Raider’s right outfielder Adam Kirsch.

In the bottom of the seventh, Texas Tech tied with an RBI single by left fielder Tyler Neslony.

Lobo starter A.J. Carman pitched 3.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. He also struckout two batters and walked one.

Red Raider starter Jonathon Tripp went three innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits.