LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team defeated in-state rival New Mexico 16-12 in front of a good crowd at Presley Askew Field, Tuesday, March 6.
The Aggies are now 9-6 on the year and UNM falls to 2-9 after NM State scored its 16 runs on 18 hits. The Aggies were errorless on the evening while the Lobos committed three errors to go along with two wild pitches and a passed ball.
Las Cruces native Michael Ormseth was the winning pitcher and is now 4-0 on the year and UNM pitcher Alexis Garza was credited with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the fourth inning. Ormseth tallied seven strikeouts in six innings of work and the Aggies used a total of four pitchers with senior closer Scott Coffman closing out the game with three K's in two innings of work.
Senior shortstop Zach Voight led NM State offensively posting a 2-of-4 night with a two-run home run in the in bottom of the fifth. Junior designated hitter Cody Edwards also had a two-run bomb as his came in the second inning waking up the Aggie bats. Edwards finished the night 4-of-6 with three RBI and four runs scored.
"It's was a big outing for Michael Ormseth and I am really proud of the kid," head coach Rocky Ward. "We needed an offensive outing like this. Guys stepped up tonight and did their jobs. Overall it was a good night for the Aggies."
The Lobos took an early 6-0 lead after posting three runs in the first and another three in the second. The Aggies had a sense of urgency and scored three runs in the bottom of the second before tying the game in the third. Two of those three runs came on a single to right field by senior Bryan Karraker.
The Aggies took advantage of four walks and an error in the fourth inning to cross the plate five times. NM State posted two more runs in the five and another two in the sixth to take a 13-7 lead. The Lobos pushed for a comeback scoring two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth, and then senior first baseman Kurt Snowley stopped the momentum robbing a line drive that just about pulled off his glove to end the eighth.
NM State now looks forward to a four-game series with 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Kent State starting Friday, March 9 at Presley Askew Field.