ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team took its record to 12-8 after defeating I-25 rival UNM 6-2 at Isotopes Park, Tuesday, March 13. Senior right hand pitcher Casey Collins earned his second win of the year and Coffman tallied the save to tie Orlando Griego for the all-time record with 17 on his career.
Senior right fielder Bryan Karraker helped close out the game with an outstanding diving catch to rob the Lobo hitter of extra bases. Collins and Coffman led the Aggies to their second win over the Lobos this season while NM State is now 5-2 over its Rio Grande rival since 2010.
The Aggies took a 3-1 lead in the second inning and never trailed again. It was 3-2 for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh before the Aggies picked up two runs in the eighth on a Tanner Rust double to right field. Junior Kyle Phillips picked up his 14th RBI of the year after going 3-of-4 at the plate while scoring twice.
Collins now has 12 strikeouts in 27.1 innings of work this season after holding UNM to only two runs in seven innings on the mound this evening. Coffman, a graduate of Albuquerque Academy, closed out the game without giving up a hit and walking two Lobo batters to give his team its third straight victory. Both teams left 10 runners on base but the Aggies used eight hits to score six runs, while playing clean defense and turning two timely double plays.
"We had plenty of defenders turn hits into outs and our hitters squared up on the ball and did what we expect them to do," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We had a ton of quality at-bats. Overall, it was an outstanding outing for Casey Collins and our staff is pitching well right now."
NM State heads into the weekend riding a three-game winning streak and hosting Southeast Missouri State in a three-game series beginning, Friday, March 16 at 6pm at Presley Askew Field. For ticket information call 575-646-1420.