LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (25-8, 3-2 WAC) defeated San Jose State 9-5 in the opener of the four-game series behind the play of junior Tyler Forney and the rest of the Aggie offense, which tallied 12 hits, Friday, April 15, at Presley Askew Field.
Forney, who made his second start of the year at second base, made a game-high six assists that included a tough 4-3 putout where he threw the ball across his body from the middle of the field. He was also in on a 4-6 putout that saved two potential runs.
The Aggies were down 2-0 heading into the fifth inning when Forney scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach Voight, who took over at shortstop for the first time all year. Voight ended the day with two RBI after he got in on the five-run rally in the fifth inning, while Forney finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
With the Spartans up 2-1 in the sixth, the Aggies put up five runs on five hits to take a 6-2 lead. The Aggies were 8-7 coming into the game when the opponent scores first and fought hard to move to 9-7 with the opposing team scoring first. The Spartans second run came on a squeeze bunt that scored the Spartan third baseman, who got on with a lead-off double in the third inning.
The Aggie rally started with a walk from junior left-fielder Tanner Waite. After he moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt from senior catcher Chuck Howard, he scored on a double to right-centerfield from designated hitter Tyler Owens. Junior right-fielder Bryan Karraker got on with a walk before junior Forney hit a single. Senior Wes Starkes picked up two RBI on a single and third baseman Kurt Snowley tallied an RBI of his own on a single to bring in Starkes.
Both teams scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth with junior Scott Coffman coming up with his 12th career save to move one save closer to the No. 2 spot on the all-time list at NM State. Starting pitcher Ryan Beck moves to 7-2 on the year while going seven innings and striking out six batters of the 34 he faced. Coffman went 1 2/3 innings without giving up a run.
The Aggies return to action with a doubleheader starting at 1:35 p.m. (MT), Saturday, April 16. The game is scheduled to air on TV and on the Internet at ESPN3.com. Check your local listings for airtimes in your area. Listings also available online at www.AggieVision.tv.