Saturday proved quite the get-well day for the University of New Mexico baseball team.
Nathaniel Garley, making his first start of the season after a bout with mononucleosis, pitched five strong innings and the Lobos recovered from a one-sided loss with a 12-1 romp over BYU at Santa Ana Star Field.
Garley, Jack Murano and Miguel Reyes Jr. combined to allow just three hits while striking out nine for the Lobos (8-3), who suffered an 18-9 defeat in game two of Friday’s doubleheader. UNM had the last laugh, however, winning three of four in the series and finishing 5-1 against the Cougars (6-6) this season.
“Great pitching performance by two New Mexico kids,” Lobo coach Ray Birmingham said, referring to Eldorado and Cleveland high school alums Garley and Murano, respectively. “They attacked the zone and competed, really good to see.”
Garley (1-0), who was on roughly a 60-pitch limit, was efficient enough to get through five innings with 65. The senior right-hander allowed two hits, one a solo homer by BYU’s Cutter Clawson, and struck out six.
“I’d been itching to get out there and help my team,” Garley said. “My energy was fine, especially after our hitters gave me a five-run lead.”
Ediberto Reyes’ RBI double gave the Lobos a 1-0 lead in the second inning, and UNM took command with four more runs in the third. Reyes and Connor Mang drove in three runs apiece for New Mexico, which outhit BYU 13-3.
UNM visits Grand Canyon for a two-game series beginning Tuesday.