SURPRISE, Ariz. – A few hours after shutting out BYU 2-0 inside the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals, the New Mexico baseball team moved over to a side field at the complex and completed a doubleheader sweep with a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
The Lobos (2-1) earned their first win of the season as two newcomers combined for a three-hit shutout in the opener. Junior transfer Aaron Makil allowed all three hits in his six-inning start, walking three as well while fanning six. Fellow junior transfer righty Payton Strambler finished with three scoreless innings of relief.
UNM bounced back after allowing nine first-inning runs in the 2020-opening 11-4 loss to No. 25 Oregon State.
“We challenged our guys to go out and win every inning after that,” said UNM coach Ray Birmingham. “They have gone out and won the last 17 innings. I am proud of them for that.”