LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The New Mexico State University baseball team dominated offensively against Alabama A&M in the final game of a 4-game home series at Presley Askew Field on Sunday, March 17, scoring a total of 79 runs over the weekend.
Shortstop Parker Hipp tied the all-time career school record for walks with 142, tying Richard Stout who set his record over the course of the 2007-09 seasons. Hipp needs one more walk to break the record.
The Aggies scored 30 runs off 26 hits and five walks on the day. Third baseman Derek Umphres led all Aggies in RBI's with five, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a grand slam. Ten different Aggies had at least two RBI's on the day. First baseman Robert Lecount and left fielder Quinnton Mack each had three hits on the day. Lecount went 3-for-4 with three RBI's and Quinnton Mack went 3-for-5 with two RBI's and one walk.
Starting pitcher Casey Collins earned his second win of the season, going five complete innings. Collins gave up three runs off eight hits and no walks, and struck out five batters. Relief pitchers Evan Mott and Christopher Bradley came off the bullpen to close out Collin's win, giving up no runs and no hits for one inning apiece.
After scoring one run in the first inning, the Aggies blew the game open in the second inning when the Aggies went off for seven runs of five hits. Hipp and designated hitter Michael Paulson each had a two-RBI hit in the inning, while freshman Kent Blackstone posted his first career homerun.
In the fourth inning Umphres hit a grand slam, following a three-run homerun by Lecount from the beginning of the inning. The Aggies had 11 hits in the inning, and a pair of errors by Alabama A&M kept the inning alive for NM State.
The Aggies followed up in the fifth inning by hitting two more homeruns. Designated hitter Cody Edwards hit a 2-run homerun, and Cameron Haskins hit a 3-run homerun after subbing into the game. First baseman Joseph Koerper also had a 2-RBI hit in the inning.
NM State opens up conference play against Texas State next weekend, March 22-24, in Las Cruces, N.M.