COLUMBUS, Ohio -- New Mexico, which started the day tied for fifth, was the only team to shoot under par in the final round (1-under 283) en route to capturing the top spot at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Saturday.

The top-seeded Lobos finished at 18-over 870 for the three-day, 54-hole event to defeat Auburn and Stanford by two strokes for the championship.

It's UNM's first NCAA regional championship since 2002, and more importantly, vaulted the Lobos into the NCAA championship in Atlanta, beginning May 28.

The Lobos missed out by one stroke in 2009 and 2012, finishing one stroke back in sixth place. Senior James Erkenbeck played on both UNM teams.

Erkenbeck, who started the day fourth at even-par 142, put together a bogey-free 3-under 68 to finish at 3-under 210 and captured the individual title by four strokes ahead of Auburn's Dominic Bozzelli, Virginia's Denny McCarthy and South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith.