LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team extended its winning streak to 11-games and senior closer Scott Coffman became the all-time saves leader at NM State as the Aggies defeated Texas-Pan American 11-9 in game one and 9-8 in game two, Saturday, March 24 at Presley Askew Field.
The Aggies took their record to 20-8 on the year after the two wins while UTPA falls to 11-4 as they entered the series with only one loss in 2012. Relief pitchers Trey Ross and Tyler Mack each marked their first wins of the year as each were in the games when NM State took the lead.
NM State posted 27 hits on the day, just one more than the Broncs tallied. The Aggies were explosive in game one, putting up 19 hits on the afternoon, which are the most hits for the team all year.
Game one saw both team score three runs heading into the fourth inning, but the Aggies posted a huge eight-run inning in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-3 lead. The Broncs didn't lay down easily scoring two runs in the fifth and hitting a grand-slam in the sixth to pull within two. That is as close as the Broncs would get as Coffman entered the game throwing two complete innings and marking three K's while giving up two hits and no walks.
UTPA came out with a vengeance in game two scoring five runs in the top of the first but the Aggies answered back in the bottom of the second posting five runs on only one hit. After three walks and a hit-batsmen senior Bryan Karraker blasted a grand-slam over the left-field wall to tie the game.
The Aggies scored again in the third but UTPA regained the lead scoring three runs in the top of the seventh making it a 8-6 game. After an RBI double to leftfield by senior Tanner Waite in the bottom of the seventh, he would finish off the Broncs with a walk off two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth.
NM State wraps up the series with the Broncs, Sunday, March 25 at Presley Askew Field with first pitch set for 1pm (MT). The game is scheduled to air over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.