SEATTLE, Wash. - The New Mexico State baseball team (28-13, 5-7 WAC) broke the losing streak as it defeated Seattle University 7-4 at Bannerwood Park, Thursday, April 28.
The Aggies posted seven runs on nine hits to earn another non-conference win, while the Redhawks scored four times on six hits. Starting pitcher Dan Reid went five innings, struck out four batters and gave up three earned runs. Closer Scott Coffman picked up save No. 13 to tie with Erik Nyquist on the all-time saves list. Coffman needs just four more to tie Orlando Griego who played for NM State from 1987-90.
"We got ourselves in trouble a couple of times but we were able to get out of those binds and pick up the win," head coach Rocky Ward said. "It was a team effort and I am proud of our guys. We controlled the game and we got plenty of key hits."
NM State came into the game 15-1 when scoring in the first inning and the Aggies were able to score in the top of first as senior infielder Ryan Aguayo smashed a three-run shot over the left-centerfield wall.
The Aggies reached base three times on walks from the second to the fourth inning, and then scored three more times in the top of the fifth. Senior centerfielder Wes Starkes started the fifth with a lead-off double down the left-field line before shortstop Tyler Forney got on with a walk. Both Starkes and Forney moved over 90 feet on a passed ball by the Redhawk catcher before being brought in by sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp. Hipp, who finished the day 2-for-3 and two RBI, scored on a single by junior left fielder Tanner Waite.
The second hitter of the bottom of the fifth for Seattle reached base on balls and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Aggie pitcher. That runner scored on a single. After NM State went 3-up-3-down in the top of the sixth, the Redhawks posted three runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Aggies used six pitchers on the evening including Randy Montoya, Tyler Mack, Gerry Renteria, Robert Roher and Scott Coffman. Coffman got on the mound in the ninth inning and threw five pitches to pick up save No. 8 of the year.
The Aggies continue the series with a doubleheader starting at 3p.m. (MT). Listen in to the action on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the action.