Sports Briefs 08-22-14

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Sky Sox take walk-off win

The Albuquerque Isotopes led after 8-1/2 innings Thursday night at Colorado Springs, but couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Tim Wheeler came through with a RBI single for Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox as they escaped with a 9-8 walk-off win in the second game of their four-game series with the Isotopes.
Half an inning earlier, the Isotopes rallied for three runs to take an 8-7 advantage, but Albuquerque reliever Robert Carson (2-5, 7.28 ERA) couldn’t hold the edge in the bottom of the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, Joc Pederson hit his 31st home run of the year. That was followed up two batters later by Brock Peterson’s two-run homer after a Clint Robinson single.
Albuquerque and Colorado Springs play their series through Saturday. Following this series, the Isotopes will be at Oklahoma City for four games before ending their 2014 season with three games against the Las Vegas 51s starting Aug. 28.
The Isotopes are now 58-74 on the season.
Las Vegas (74-60) has already locked up the PCL Pacific Southern division title.

Lobos picked to sweep the MW

The coaches of the Mountain West conference like the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s and women’s cross country teams’ chances to repeat once again at this year’s championship meet.
Both the Lobo squads finished first in the poll of MW coaches — results of the poll were released Thursday.
UNM’s women’s team has won six straight MW championships, while the Lobo men have won five straight.
UNM’s men earned seven of the eight first-place votes cast in the poll to finish with 49 points, 9 points better than Colorado State, which got the other first-place nod.
On the women’s side, UNM earned seven first-place votes. Boise State got four first-place votes and finished five points behind the Lobos.
UNM’s teams open their season Sept. 6 at their home meet. That meet is held in conjunction with a prep meet which Los Alamos High School will take part in.