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  • Mang brothers lead UNM offense
    Since returning from a hand injury in mid-March, former Los Alamos High School baseball player Jared Mang has been an offensive force for the University of New Mexico, leading the Lobos through a difficult Mountain West conference schedule.  Mang, who is considered a future MLB draft prospect, has played in 10 games since coming back from his injury, hitting four home runs and putting together a .314 average.  The Lobos have been inconsistent throughout the season in large part due to a pitching staff that does not have a starter with an earned run average under 5.34.  Because of the up-and-down pitching, the offense is being counted on to step up and perform, a role Mang has embraced.  In the 10 games since his return, the Lobos are 6-4, including wins over Mountain West rivals Air Force and San Diego State.  Mang is also hitting for power with consistency. He has hit home runs two games in a row, and has driven in at least one run in three straight games.  He currently leads the Lobos with four home runs, despite missing 12 games during the early part of the season.  Last year, Mang was the top hitter for the Lobos, collecting 90 hits and a .373 average. 
  • UNM softball breaks losing streak against Fresno State
    For the first time since April 4, 2014, The University of New Mexico Lobos topped the Fresno State Bulldogs on Thursday night with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh from junior Monica Salas. The 4-3 victory breaks Fresno State’s 11-win streak over UNM. With the win, the Lobos improve to 9-24 on the season, 3-4 in Mountain West play, while Fresno State (17-15) is now 2-2 in league competition. Sophomore Jensen Main started in the circle and pitched six effective innings before allowing three runs in the top of the seventh. She gave up just five hits in 6.1 innings and looked to be headed for her second career shutout before the Bulldogs rallied in the seventh. Senior Krissy Fortner closed out the final two outs in the top of the seventh with the Lobos down one to claim the win. The Lobos were leading 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh before a one-out, two-RBI double off the wall from Fresno State’s Hayleigh Galvan. Galvan drove in second-baseman Miranda Rohleder, who led off with a double, and pinch-runner Dolly Stevens to tie it up, 2-2.
  • NMSU basketball star earns national honors
    New Mexico State senior forward Jemerrio Jones was named an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention on Wednesday, and became just the fifth Aggie men’s basketball player to earn AP All-America accolades. Jones also became the ninth Aggie player to earn All-America status ever and the third-straight NM State player to achieve AP All-America Honorable Mention status. The Memphis, Tenn., product joins James Moore (2003), Daniel Mullings (2014), Pascal Siakam (2016) and Ian Baker (2017) as the only players to have earned AP All-America honors. The reigning WAC Player of the Year finished his senior season averaging 11.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The 13.2 boards per game this year was good for second-most in the nation while his 450 total rebounds leads all players in the NCAA heading into the Final Four. In addition, his 9.50 defensive rebounds per game topped all Division I players while his 3.74 offensive rebounds per game is good for 10th-best in the country. His 21 double-doubles tied him for sixth-most in the NCAA while his lone triple-double tied him for third. Jones then became just the third Aggie to record a triple-double when he posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Eastern New Mexico.
  • UNM falls in NIT Sweet 16
    In a game that had some eerie similarities to UNM’s last loss, a poor third quarter allowed TCU to race back from down seven at the break to take a lead they would hold the rest of the way, as the Horned Frogs defeated New Mexico 81-72, ending UNM’s season at 25-11, one win short of a school record. The Lobos were looking for a third quarterfinal appearance in the WNIT all-time in six trips, but a 3-for-16 third quarter just couldn’t be overcome. The loss was similar to UNM’s 69-66 Mountain West Tournament quarterfinal loss to Wyoming in which the Lobos shot 1-for-14 in the third quarter, losing a 15-point lead. It started out well, the UNM shooting 50 percent in the first half, opening at one point a 34-20 lead, its biggest of the game.  A strong opening quarter saw Tesha Buck score eight and Cherise Beynon seven, with Beynon having to deal with two early fouls. Up 24-17, UNM went on a 10-3 run which ended on a Laneah Bryan three in the corner. However, after a TCU basket and a UNM miss Beynon was whistled for a very late foul, sending her to the bench, and TCU was able to whittle the lead down to seven at the break as UNM scored just one field goal the rest of the second quarter.
  • UNM advances to NIT Sweet 16
    It was an offensive display for the ages, or at least for the Lobo postseason history books. New Mexico blistered and battered a stout Rice squad to the tune of 93 points, a Lobo postseason record, as New Mexico advanced to the Round of 16 in the WNIT for the third time in school history with a 93-73 victory over the Owls. The win pushed UNM’s win record to 25-10, tying for the third-most wins in school history, and now just one away from tying for the most wins in school history. The Lobos also improved to 19-2 in home games this season. The Lobos trailed for much of the opening quarter, and after taking a 13-12 lead, found themselves down 14-13 at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter. That, however, was Rice’s last lead, as Madi Washington hit a three-pointer to spark a 14-0 run that put Rice behind the 8-ball. Washington’s three made it 16-14, and then she hit another 39 seconds later. Jaisa Nunn, who went over the 1,000-point mark in the game, hit a short jumper in the lane in the waning moments to give UNM a 21-14 lead. They weren’t done. Nunn opened the scoring in the quarter and then Cherise Beynon hit back-to-back baskets and suddenly UNM was up 27-14.
  • Isotopes to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture in 2018
    As part of Minor League Baseball’s initiative celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture, the Albuquerque Isotopes will transform into “Mariachis de Nuevo México” for four games during the upcoming 2018 season. Mariachis, like baseball, provide the colorful soundtrack to people’s lives.  Mariachi bands are an essential source of entertainment in Mexico and the Southwest region of the United States.   “Our Mariachis de Nuevo México campaign is designed to embrace an entire culture,” said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. “We want to show our organization’s commitment to the Hispanic fan base in Albuquerque, in New Mexico, in the Southwest and throughout the entire country.” The Isotopes alternate brand will include all aspects of the organization from new on-field Mariachi uniforms and caps, to brand new Spanish language social media accounts (@MariachisNM) for the Mariachis. Furthermore, Isotopes Park will transform from “The Lab” into “The Plaza” during the Copa Cup dates, complete with traditional decorations, piñatas and mariachi bands playing both outside and inside the ballpark.
  • Lobo track star named to Bowerman watch list
    University of New Mexico track & field student-athlete Josh Kerr captured a spot on The Bowerman Men’s Post-Indoor Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday. Kerr, a three-time NCAA champion and back-to-back NCAA mile titlist, is one of 10 men selected to the Post-Indoor Watch List, which is the fourth such list in 2018 for The Bowerman, the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field. Coming out of the 2018 indoor track & field season, Kerr has cemented himself as one of the elite middle-distance runners in the NCAA. The first male athlete to win back-to-back NCAA mile crowns since former Lobo Lee Emanuel (2009-10), Kerr defending his upstart win from 2017 with a gusty victory last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Powered by his remarkable finishing speed, Kerr won the race in 3 minutes, 57.02 seconds. He is just the ninth male athlete to win consecutive national championships in the mile run over the 53-year history of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Kerr also rewrote the record books in February, as he ran a personal-record time of 3:54.72 to place second in the elite Wanamaker Mile at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.
  • UNM advances to second round of NIT
    Cherise Beynon scored a game-high 33 points and N’Dea Flye hit two momentum-changing three-pointers late to lead the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team to a hard-fought 82-80 win over Saint Mary’s in the first round of the WNIT. Playing in Johnson Center on the main campus of UNM due to a schedule conflict in their usual venue of Dreamstyle Arena, the Lobos found themselves at home as they held off a furious Gael rally to advance to second-round action vs. Rice on Tuesday. “We held our composure, even when there were plenty of opportunities not to,” UNM head coach Mike Bradbury said. “I thought they were great. They held themselves together and made it a place to win.” Back in the WNIT for the sixth time overall and first time since 2010, the Lobos made sure they’d get to keep playing as they relied on their pressure defense and a boisterous crowd for the victory. The crowd, announced at 1,428 fans, was instrumental down the stretch. Packed in the old home of the UNM men’s basketball team, the crowd’s intensity at Johnson rivaled that of many crowds in The Pit. New Mexico forced 24 Saint Mary’s turnovers on the evening, which translated into 30 points off turnovers.
  • UNM men advance to semifinals of MW tourney
    For the first time since 2014, The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament. The No. 3 seed Lobos (18-14) claimed a 10-point victory over No. 6 seed Wyoming (20-13) by a score of 85-75 to extend their win streak to six on Thursday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The victory marks UNM’s first win in the Mountain West Championships since 2014 when it took the tournament title as the No. 2 seed. The Lobos also mark the first No. 3 seed to reach the championship semifinals since 2015. With UNM’s victory, No. 3 seeds are now 9-10 all-time in the quarterfinal round. The Lobos will face No. 7 seed Utah State on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. MT / 8:30 p.m. PT. The teams split this season. After UNM suffered an 89-80 road loss on Jan. 31, UNM rallied for a 78-63 Valentine’s Day victory at The Pit.
  • NMSU earns regular season conference title
    Whatever was said at Friday’s practice worked for first-year Aggie head coach Chris Jans Saturday night as his team pounded UMKC at home 82-58 and claimed the Western Athletic Conference title outright moments after its win when Grand Canyon topped Utah Valley at home. The win propelled the Aggies to 24-5 overall on the year and 11-2 mark in conference play. NMSU also captured its third regular-season title in four years. In addition, it was the seventh-straight season New Mexico State has won 23 or more games in a single-season. “Anytime you win a championship it’s awesome, but to do it in front of your home crowd and have a crowd like we had tonight is great,” Jans said. “I had no idea what the numbers were, but it looked really good from my perspective where I sit and stand. I’m very happy to have them come out and support these seniors and this team.” NMSU looked much more like its old self in the opening five minutes of play in the Pan American, knocking down 5-of-6 from the field – including back-to-back 3-pointers from AJ Harris that gave the Aggies the 14-5 lead. A trio of triples from UMKC brought the visitors within 24-16 of the Aggies. Midway through, a quick 7-0 spurt by the NMSU put them on top 33-18 with 6:30 left in the first half.