July 30, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –John Pustay, a sophomore outfielder for the University of New Mexico, grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., so it was a bit of a homecoming when the Lobos traveled there to play Air Force in early April.
As it turns out, Pustay likes playing at home.
In the opening game of the series on April 5, he tied a UNM record by recording six hits. He was only the eighth Lobo ever with that many in a game and the first since Justin Howard performed the feat against Coppin St. on April 18, 2010.
Pustay got his big day started in the second inning with an RBI single. In the fourth, he started a two-run rally with a double to center field. In the next inning the lefty went the other way and homered down the left field line on a 1-2 pitch. During the Lobos’ six-run sixth inning he chipped in with another RBI single, and added a two-run single in the Lobos’ five-run seventh. He completed his performance with yet another single in the ninth.
Pustay finished the day 6-for-6 with a double, a home run, four runs scored and five RBIs as the Lobos won 19-0. He was one of only four Lobos to record five RBIs in a game in 2012.
As good as that day was, though, he wasn’t finished. The next day, during a 17-2 victory, he went 2-for-5 with another home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. He finished the series with a 1-for-3 performance on Sunday. On the weekend he went 9-for-14 (.643) with a double, two home runs, six runs and nine RBIs.
But it was his record-tying performance that made the history books, and it was yet another highlight in UNM’s fantastic 2012 season.