ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico baseball team enjoyed a rare pleasant bus ride back from Las Cruces on Tuesday.
John Pustay smacked a tie-breaking solo home run in the fifth inning and the Lobos scored the final 11 runs in a 14-4 victory over New Mexico State at Presley Askew Field.
Sam Haggerty, Chase Harris and Lane Milligan collected three hits apiece for UNM (17-8-1), which won in Las Cruces for the first time since 2010. It was the Lobos’ eighth victory in their last nine games overall.
New Mexico outhit the Aggies 17-7 but relief pitching proved the difference. Four Lobo relievers limited NMSU (10-14) to one run on four hits over the final seven innings.
Freshman Carson Schneider (1-0) picked up his first career win, allowing one run on three hits in 21/3 innings. Taylor Duree, Tyler Gibson and Kevin Baumgartner combined to allow just one hit, with five strikeouts, over the final 42/3 innings.
The Lobos scored three first-inning runs only to have NMSU tie it with three runs in the second. Joseph Koerper’s two-run homer off UNM starter A.J. Carman was the big blow.
The Aggies took a 4-3 lead on Derek Umphres’ RBI double in the third, but the home team would not score again. Harris’ RBI single got the Lobos even at 4-4 in the fourth, and Pustay’s homer sparked a four-run rally in the fifth.
Haggerty’s two-run double highlighted a five-run UNM eighth that broke things open. Haggerty finished 3-for-5, with three RBIs. Koerper was 2-for-4 to pace the Aggies.
UNM visits Air Force to open a three-game Mountain West series Friday. NMSU begins a three-game series at Northern Colorado on Friday.