LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball defeated the Aggie Alumni Team 14-4 at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, Feb. 12.
The 2011 Aggies took on former All-Americans, former All-WAC selections, and former All-Sun Belt Conference selections winning behind the arm of sophomore Tyler Mack who threw 5.0 innings, giving up three hits and two runs. Alumnus Leo Aguirre, who was a 2010 All-WAC selection, was the only player on either team to hit a home run.
"Mack did a pretty good job for us today on the mound," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Although he gave up a few walks, he hung in there and got the work we wanted from him."
NM State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by senior designated hitter Ryan Laing. The Alumni team took over the lead in the third inning when 2010 All-WAC selection Leo Aguirre hit a two-run shot over the left field wall. Bryan Marquez, a 2009 All-American selection, was the first Aggie to cross the plate as he got on with a walk just before Aguirre's home run.
The 2011 Aggies wouldn't let the Alumni hold onto the lead for very long as NM State posted four runs on four hits in the bottom of the third. Senior shortstop Ryan Aguayo led the inning off with a triple to right-centerfield, then scored on a wild pitch. After a fly out followed Aguayo's score, the Aggies tallied three straight doubles with junior outfielder Andy Lyon, junior third baseman Zach Voight, and senior catcher Chuck Howard all getting in on the fun.
The bottom of the fourth saw NM State cross the plate three more times, which included another RBI single by Voight to give the Aggies a 7-2 lead. NM State extended its lead to 9-2 over the Alumni in the fifth inning when senior Wesley Starkes and Aguayo crossed the plate after being hit by a pitch and walked respectively.
Former Aggie and current Onate head coach David Reyes made an impact for the Alumni team as he made a couple of outstanding defensive plays at second base.
"It's always great to have the Alumni back and to catch up with them," Ward said. "This could be the largest group of Alumni we have had in quite some years and it's always an honor and a privilege to be on the field with them."
NM State opens the regular season with a three-game series against Houston-Baptist starting Friday, Feb. 18 at 2:05 p.m. (MT) in Las Cruces, N.M.