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UNM Softball vs. Nevada

 Aleyah Wilbon delivers a pitch during Sunday’s game at Lobo Field. The Lobos lost against Nevada, 21-1. 

Softball: Lobos swept by Nevada, extend conference losing streak to eight

The University of New Mexico Softball team suffered another series sweep this weekend, this time against the Nevada Wolfpack.

The series began with a Friday game that the Wolfpack won 7-1. The highlight for the Lobos came in the top of the fourth when MacKenzie Peterson did the splits in order to turn a double-play that was featured on Twitter by the NCAA Softball account. Kiana Spencer got the start for the Lobos, throwing another complete game that included six strikeouts and two walks on 113 total pitches. 

UNM only was able to muster two hits all evening, with those coming off the bats of Lauren Wilmert and Aleyah Wilbon. Wilmert's hit was the one of consequence, as it drove in the Lobos only run of the day as Cameryn O'Grady, who had reached base via a walk. She narrowly missed a home run on the hit, which would have given UNM a lead. However, it hit off the top of the wall and only scored the one. 

Nevada took the lead back in the top of the fifth and scored one more in the six before blowing the game open in the seventh with four more. 

On Saturday, the Lobos had their best offensive output of the series, but still fell 11-6. Nevada started the scoring off in the top of the first with a solo home run. UNM answered right back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on a home run from Andrea Howard. 

Nevada added one more in the second thanks to a bases loaded walk and then two more in the third on two home runs. The Lobos answered in the bottom of the third with another three-run home run, this time off the bat off Wilmert to give UNM a two-run lead that they would hold until the seventh inning. However, in the seventh, the Wolfpack added seven runs to take the lead and finish off the Lobos. Three of the seven were unearned. 

The Sunday finale was dominated from start to finish by Nevada, who started the scoring with eight runs in the second inning to jump out to an early start. UNM got their only run and their only hit of the day in the bottom half of the inning thanks to an O'Grady home run. 

Nevada added five more runs in the third, another five in the fourth and three runs in the fifth before a mercy rule ending. UNM used position players in the circle after Kennedy Ferguson and Bailey Klitzke gave up the first eight runs of the game.  

Cameron Goeldner is a senior reporter and photographer for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball and the Albuquerque Isotopes, but also contributes content for all other sports. He can be reached at or on Twitter @Goeldfinger. 

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