LAS CRUCES (Feb. 24)-The New Mexico State baseball team started its weekend series against Sacred Heart with an 11-6 win Friday afternoon.
The Aggies posted their 11 runs on eight hits and didn't commit an error and Sacred Heart tallied six runs on 10 hits and tallied two errors. Voight led the offensive charge going 3-of-4 with two runs and two RBI.
The Aggies started off strong against the Pioneer's starting pitcher Troy Scribner, scoring five runs in the first couple of innings. Lead-off batter Kyle Phillips started the first inning with a double over the centerfielder's head. After shortstop Zach Voight received a base on balls, junior second baseman Parker Hipp came up and hit a three-run home run. The Aggies added two more runs in the second inning.
Aggie starter Adam Mott started the game with a couple of strong innings, not allowing a hit in the first two frames. Sacred Heart rallied in the third inning, however, scoring four runs on five hits to cut the Aggie lead to one.
That would be as close as the Pioneers would get to the Aggies. Junior centerfielder Phillips once again started a rally for the Aggies in the fourth inning with a solo home run. NM State would go on to score six runs in the next four innings. Voight would hit his own solo home run in the sixth.
Las Cruces native Michael Ormseth came in to pitch for the Aggies in the fifth inning and shut down the Sacred Heart hitters. Ormseth allowed only one run on four hits and picked up his second win of the young season.
The Aggies and Pioneers continue their four-game weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (MT) start.