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Huskies Fall in 12 Innings to New Mexico

Apr 24, 2021

SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (16-18) dropped a 12-inning affair to the New Mexico Lobos (9-15) on Saturday Evening. After a two-hour rain delay and 4 1/2 hour game, the Lobos were able to use a three-run 12th inning rally to take a 5-3 victory.

Starting pitcher Tyson Guerrero had another strong outing for the Huskies, going 5.1 innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out seven and walking just one. 

It was a pitchers duel through the first three and a half innings, as Guerrero had opened his start with four scoreless frames. In the bottom of the inning, a Christian Jones double followed by two walks loaded the bases with two outs for New Mexico-native and former Lobo Karl Koerper. He worked a full count and fouled off another pitch before ripping a single into right field to give UW a 2-0 lead. 

New Mexico added a run in the sixth on a hit-by-pitch followed by an RBI double. A solo home run in the seventh tied the game at 2-2.

The Huskies had a chance to manufacture a run in the bottom of the ninth when Braiden Ward hit an infield single with Cole Fontenelle on first. However, the Lobos threw out Fontenelle at third to end the inning. 

Kaiser Weiss would lead off the 11th with a double down the left field line and was bunted to third. UW tried a safety squeeze, but the Lobo pitcher fielded Nick Kresnak's bunt and tagged out a diving Weiss to keep the game going. 

In the top of the 12th, New Mexico strung together four hits, including two doubles, to plate three runs and take a 5-2 lead. 

Braiden Ward would lead off the bottom of the 12th with a single and scored on a Will Simpson infield single to make it a 5-3 game with one out. New Mexico would be able to close out the game, though, getting a strikeout and groundout to end the game.

The series finale and rubber game between Washington and New Mexico is set for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m..