The University of New Mexico baseball team went 3-1 during its home opener weekend against Niagara University. The scheduled changed a couple times due to weather but the teams still managed to fit all four games in one weekend.
New Mexico is now 5-3 overall while Niagara’s record falls to 1-6.Game #1 (Saturday at noon): The visiting team took the first game with a 5-3 result. New Mexico held a 3-1 lead for most of the game, but Niagara got four runs during the eight inning. Junior Justin Slaten was the starting pitcher for the Lobos. He recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Game #2 (Saturday at 4:15pm): This result was also 5-3 but this time it was in favor of the Lobos. Junior Nathaniel Garley, the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week, was on the mound for seven innings. He has collected two wins this season.
Game #3 (Sunday at noon): New Mexico took a 13-3 victory in seven innings as part of a rule that says a team forfeits the game when the opposing team has a 10-run lead after seven innings. Connor Mang had a three-run home run in the bottom of the second. In the seventh inning, he cleared the bases again with a triple down the left field gap.
Game #4 (Sunday at 3pm): Freshman Tristin Lively pitched five innings during the Lobos’ 7-4 win. New Mexico kept Niagara off the board until the seventh inning, by then the home team was leading by six.
B3 | Stolen base by Conner Mang after an error by Niagara's catcher. Lobos lead 2-0 at the end of the third. pic.twitter.com/NhHVOBFfC8— UNM Baseball (@UNMLoboBaseball) February 24, 2019