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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sports Briefs

Men’s Golf

New Mexico’s Men’s Golf team captured its second straight Mountain West Championship, spearheaded by a first-place effort by Gavin Green.

The Lobos, who held the tournament lead after two days, held off a San Diego State rally and won the tournament with a team score of 846, defeating the Aztecs by three strokes.

Green tied with SDSU’s Riccardo Michelini when both golfers carded a 4-under-par 209. Green made a par on the first playoff hole and Michelini bogeyed, securing the individual title for the UNM junior. Green scored two 70-stroke rounds and a 69-stroke round.

Lobo Victor Perez tied SDSU’s Xander Schauffele for fifth place with a 1-under 212. Sean Romero and Sam Saunders also cracked the top 10, taking seventh with 213 and tenth with 215, respectively.

Women’s Golf

Sparked by three top-10 finishes, UNM won the 2014 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship with a one-stroke advantage.

The Lobos finished the three-day tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club Dinah Shore Course in Las Vegas, Nev., with a score of 902. Manon Mollé completed her round with a par on the final hole to secure the championship over San Jose State.

Mollé placed fifth individually with a 221, carding two 71-stroke rounds on the first two days. Manon De Roey placed seventh for UNM with a 223, while Sammi Stevens ranked ninth with a 224.

Head coach Jill Trujillo was named the conference’s coach of the year. UNM last won the women’s golf championship in 2010.

Fresno State’s Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir claimed the tournament’s individual crown with a 218.

Women’s Tennis

The Lobos settled for a runner-up finish in the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championships after Sunday’s 4-2 loss to top seed Fresno State.

The only two singles wins came from Dominique Dulski and Rachana Bhat at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively. Dulski dropped Anneka Watts 6-1, 6-1, while Bhat beat Anne Susdorf 7-5, 6-1.

Michaela Bezdickova, Lizette Blankers and Natasha Smith lost their singles matches to secure the win for the Bulldogs. Meredith Hopson’s match at No. 3 singles went unfinished because Fresno State already had the dual win locked up.

Fresno State claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3, though Dulski and Smith won their match 8-7. The pair claimed a 7-1 tiebreaker over Sofya Malysheva and Aishwarya Agrawal.

After a first-round bye, the No. 2 seeded Lobos reached Sunday’s finale with a 4-2 dual win over Nevada and a 4-2 dual victory over San Diego State. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds took place on Saturday.

Baseball

UNM endured its first three-game sweep of the season following Sunday’s 14-2 loss to UNLV. The Lobos lost an 11-2 game on Friday and a 14-6 decision on Saturday.

Josh Walker (6-3) took Sunday’s pitching loss for UNM after surrendering 12 hits and six earned runs. As a team, the Lobos gave up 21 hits and committed two errors.

John Pustay scored the Lobos’ only two runs in the third outing, and Jack Zoellner was the only batter with multiple base hits with a 2-for-3 effort. The UNM offense recorded six hits.

Men’s Tennis

The Lobos lost the Mountain West dual championship to Boise State Sunday after the Broncos won three singles matches and doubles point. That built a deciding 4-0 lead for Boise State.

UNM reached Sunday’s finals with a 4-0 win over Air Force and a 4-3 victory over San Diego State.