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Sports briefs for Tuesday

LOCAL

NEW MEXICO STATE SCORES 3 LATE TO STUN LAMAR SOCCER

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State scored three goals in the final 9 minutes to erase a seemingly comfortable Lamar lead and stun the Cardinals 4-3 on the final day of the Border Bash.

Aileen Galicia, Audrey Chavez and Holly Abdelkader all scored in a span of 6 minutes to erase a 3-1 Lamar lead. Juliana Ocampo assisted on both of Alexus Aviles’s goals and Morgan Burden opened the scoring with an unassisted netter for Lamar (3-3), which had won three straight.

Aviles has five goals on the season. Galicia, who has four, scored in the 31st minute to dent a 2-0 Lamar lead.

STATE

ASTROS’ COMEBACK FALLS SHORT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After falling behind by six runs, the Houston Astros showed something to manager A.J. Hinch, even if they fell a little short.

AL West-leading Houston nearly fought back against the Oakland Athletics in a 10-9 loss Monday, but it was unable to overcome a big sixth inning in which pinch-hitter Coco Crisp hit a go-ahead two-run double after Oakland chased Mike Fiers.

“There’s a lot of reasons we’re a good team, and one of them is because we play ‘til the end,” Hinch said.

Fiers (2-1) allowed consecutive walks to start the inning before giving way to Josh Fields, who gave up Billy Butler’s single to load the bases for Crisp.

Pinch-hitter Jonathan Villar hit a home run halfway up the second deck in left leading off the seventh for the Astros, then Carlos Correa added a three-run drive, but the Astros missed a chance to move a season-high-tying 14 games over .500.

NATIONAL

OHIO STATE BEGINS REIGN WITH 42-24 ROMP OF VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Braxton Miller made a triumphant return to the Ohio State line up as a wide receiver and caught a touchdown pass in the top-ranked Buckeyes’ 42-24 win at Virginia Tech on Monday.

Ohio State avenged its only loss of the 2014 season to Virginia Tech with much help from Cardale Jones, who completed 9 of 18 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Miller caught two passes for 78 yards.

Michael Brewer threw for two scores and 156 yards on 11-of-16 for the Hokies, who had led 17-14 at halftime.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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