LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team broke its seven-game losing streak to Nevada by defeating the Wolf Pack 13-6 at Presley Askew Field, Friday, April 6.
NM State evened the weekend series with the Wolf Pack and is now 24-9 on the year while both teams are 1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Aggies scored their 13 runs with 11 hits and played cleaner defense than Nevada as the Wolf Pack tallied four errors on the night. Three of those errors came in the bottom of the sixth and that helped the Aggies score four runs.
After Nevada tallied a run in the first inning, the Aggies pounded out five runs on four hits with three of those runs coming on a three-run shot by junior centerfielder Kyle Phillips that hit the scoreboard in left centerfield. The Wolf Pack squeezed the lead down to two runs but NM State took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the second when the Nevada right fielder threw the ball away.
After another run crossed the plate for Nevada in the top of the third, starting pitcher Michael Ormseth was replaced by junior right-hander Randy Montoya who struck out one batter and walked another. Senior lefty Trey Ross entered the game after Montoya and work 1 2/3 innings without giving up a run. Ross was given the win and is now 2-0 on the year while Nevada starter Tyler Wells was credited with the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) in three innings of work. Nevada walked 10 Aggie batters and hit another two while NM State walked eight in a game that lasted three hours and 43 minutes.
"Trey Ross stabilized the game and (Kyle) Phillips' home run was a big boost to the offense," head coach Rocky Ward said.
With a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Aggies took advantage of three Nevada errors to go up 11-5. After the Wolf Pack scored a run in the seventh, NM State tallied two runs on a double down the right-field line by senior right-fielder Bryan Karraker. Karraker finished the day going 2-of-6 at the dish with three RBI's and two runs scored. Junior third baseman Robert Lecount ended the night going 2-of-3 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored.
The Aggies wrap up the three-game series, Saturday, April 7 at Presley Askew Field with first pitch set for 11am (MT). The game will join-in-progress on KSNM AM 570 at 12pm (MT). Go to www.NMStateSports.com for updated stats and box scores on the Aggies.