Albuquerque Journal

Grand Canyon outslugs Lobos


PHOENIX — Host Grand Canyon outslugged New Mexico 11-8 Tuesday in Phoenix in midweek baseball.

The Lobos (11-5) fell despite UNM slugger Reed Spenrath’s seventh homer of the season, a grand slam in a fourrun first inning. But the hosts (12-4) used a six-run third to swipe momentum on their way to the victory in the only scheduled meeting of the two teams this spring.

The Lobos remain on the road this weekend, with a threegame Mountain West Conference series on tap against Fresno State beginning on Friday.

In Flagstaff, Leonie Hoppe won a third set 6-0 after splitting two tiebreaker­s in the opening two sets as the New Mexico women (6-2) beat No. 64 Northern Arizona 4-3, ending NAU’s 26-match home winning streak. … At McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium, Georgio Samaha and Aram Noroozian each won their ninth straight singles match, as the Lobos (8-3) shut out No. 74 Drake 7-0.

COLLEGE GOLF: At the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, New Mexico State finished 12th of 14 teams at 60-over 912, 46 shots behind winner and No. 15 Texas A&M.

COLLEGE TENNIS: Venezuela is 3-0 in WBC

MIAMI — Eugenio Suárez and Anthony Santander had two hits each as Venezuela beat Nicaragua 4-1 Tuesday and improved to 3-0 in the World Baseball Classic.

Venezuela clinched Pool D and reached the quarterfin­als when the Dominican Republic defeated Israel later Tuesday.


In Miami, Manny Machado homered, singled and drove in three runs as the Dominican Republic improved to 2-1 and clinched the top spot in Pool D for Venezuela.

Julio Rodriguez and Eloy Jiménez each had two hits for the Dominican Republic.


In Phoenix, Otto Lopez hit a three-run homer, Noah Skirrow threw five quality innings and Canada shut out Colombia.

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