ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico and Nevada baseball teams both have plenty on the line in the final regular-season series of the 2017 season when the teams meet up in the Duke City starting 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Santa Ana Star Field.
The Lobos will be looking to clinch the Mountain West title (and host the conference tournament) as UNM owns a magic number of three against second-place San Diego State (which hosts Fresno State) while Nevada must win two of three this weekend over the Lobos to stay ahead of Air Force for the fourth and final spot into the conference tournament.
The Lobos’ final series of the season will be its first meeting with Nevada in 2017 – a year after the two teams met eight times with UNM going 5-3 (including 2-0 against the Wolf Pack in the Mountain West Tournament in Albuquerque). Overall, UNM is 16-15 overall against Nevada – but only 6-8 at home. It’s the only team in the Mountain West the Lobos don’t own a winning record against at home.
The Wolf Pack are battling for the fourth and final spot into the Mountain West Tournament after taking two of three at home against UNLV last weekend. Nevada is currently in the No. 4 spot at 11-15 – ahead of Air Force which has finished its conference season at 12-17. The Wolf Pack must win two of three this weekend and finish ahead of the Falcons as Air Force owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.