LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (15-8) completed the sweep over Southeast Missouri State after scoring 31 runs in a doubleheader at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, March 17. NM State defeated the Redhawks 23-7 in game one and 8-6 in game two.
The Aggies posted 29 hits on the day with 18 in game one and 11 in game two. Senior first baseman Kurt Snowley highlighted the first game as he became the third Aggie to ever hit for the cycle. Former Aggie Joe Leghorn accomplished the feat in 2007 and current Aggie designated hitter Cody Edwards did it on Feb. 25 against Sacred Heart.
Snowley went 5-for-5 in the game and capped off the cycle with a triple in the ninth. He started it with a three-run homer in the first inning and tallied a double in the third and singles in the fourth and seventh innings to go along with a walk in the sixth. After the afternoon's performance, Snowley is hitting .302 on the year with 15 RBI.
Junior right-hand pitcher Micheal Ormseth started the game and went 4.2 innings and was credited with a no-decision. Tim Torsney earned the win after he went three complete innings without giving up a run. He also had three strikeouts. Torsney is now 2-1 on the season with 21 K's.
Game two of the doubleheader seemed to be a blowout up until the ninth inning. The Aggies jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings of play, while junior starting right hand pitcher Adam Mott handled the Redhawks on the mound. NM State scored two runs in the first after the SEMO pitcher walked four Aggie hitters. The Aggies scored again in the second off a solo rocket shot over the wall by senior leftfielder Tanner Waite. It was Waite's first home run of the season.
Mott retired 12 straight Redhawk batters from the fourth through seventh innings and he finished the night throwing eight innings striking out a season-high 10 batters. That is also the most K's in a game for any Aggie pitcher this season. Mott is now 3-0 on the year with 31 strikeouts, which is second best on the team. Junior righty Randy Montoya of Las Cruces, N.M. earned his first career save after finishing off the Redhawks in the ninth.
SEMO scored five runs in the top of the ninth giving Montoya the save opportunity. NM State's sole error of the weekend came in the series finally with the Aggies finishing the week with only one error and winning four in a row.
The Aggies now head to Tucson, Ariz. for a two-game midweek series versus nationally ranked Arizona. The first game is Tuesday, March 20 at 5pm. Game two is set for, Wednesday, March 21 at 3pm.