Sports briefs for Tuesday
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.
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.
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.