LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team extended its winning streak to 14-games after defeating Rio Grande Rival New Mexico 7-5 at Presley Askew Field, Tuesday, April 3.
It's the third time this season NM State has defeated the Lobos and the fifth-straight victory over UNM dating back to the 2010 season. The Aggies are now 23-8 on the season while UNM falls to 12-15. Starting pitcher Adam Mott stays undefeated and goes to 4-0 as he worked six innings striking out four batters. Senior closer Scott Coffman added another save to his total making it six on the year and 19 on his career. He went two innings, striking out two batters without giving up a hit or a walk.
"I've been lucky enough to do this for the past couple of seasons, so I understand what I have to do now," Coffman said. "It was a total team effort and I have to give credit to everyone on the team."
The Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play. The first run came in on a sacrifice fly by senior shortstop Zach Voight that brought in senior left fielder Tanner Waite in the bottom of the first. The next two runs crossed the plate in the second inning with RBI's from designated hitter Tanner Rust and second baseman Parker Hipp.
UNM got on the board in the top of the fourth on a single to centerfield, but the Aggies answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. One of those three runs came on a solo shot by senior catcher Zac Fisher and the other two runs came on RBI's from senior first baseman Kurt Snowley and senior right fielder Bryan Karraker.
The Lobos score two runs in the sixth and two in the eighth but NM State added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Rust tallied his second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field. Fisher finished the night going 3-of-4 at the dish with a walk and a run scored and Rust ended the evening 1-of-4 with two RBI.
The Aggies open Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game series against Nevada starting, Thursday, April 5 at Presley Askew Field. The game is scheduled to start at 6:05pm (MT) and will air on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces.