SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The New Mexico State baseball won the first game of the doubleheader 16-4 and came out victorious in game two by the score of 6-1 at John Smith Field, Saturday, April 14.
NM State has now won 18 of the last 19 games while going 27-9 on the year and 4-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Hornets fall to 17-18 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Junior left-hander Ryan Beck was the winning pitcher in game one and is now 4-1 on the year after going five innings and striking out four Hornet batters. He gave up the four runs, but only two of them were earned as NM State tallied an error in the fifth inning, which was the inning Sacramento State scored each of its runs.
Senior shortstop Zach Voight had a big game going 4-of-5 with two runs scored and seven RBI. Included in his four-hit game was a grand-slam in the sixth inning to tally his sixth homer of the year. Junior catcher Zac Fisher, who entered the game in the top three nationally for RBI, finished the game with three RBI going 3-of-5 at the dish with two doubles and run scored.
NM State scored two runs in the top of the third after both teams went scoreless in the first and the second. Voight marked both RBIs in the inning on a single to leftfield. Senior leftfielder Tanner Waite and senior designated hitter Kurt Snowley scored on the play after Snowley led off with a single and Waite got on with his 41walk of the year. He finished the game with two walks and two runs scored.
The Aggies crossed the plate two more times in the top of the fourth but NM State's big inning came in the top of the fifth when seven Aggies crossed the plate to make it an 11-0 ballgame. That inning marked the 17th inning of the year that NM State has scored at least five runs in a single inning, but the Aggies scored five in the top of the sixth to make it the 18th time NM State has scored at least five runs in an inning.
The five runs came after Sacramento State scored its four runs to make it a 16-4 game, while right-hand pitcher Evan Mott came in to throw the last two innings of the game. He struck out two of the six batters he faced. Mott now has 13 K's in 15.2 innings pitched.
The Aggies picked up in the second game where they left off scoring six runs in the top of the first and that is all the team would need to leave with a 6-1 win. Tanner Waite, Parker Hipp, Zac Fisher and Kyle Phillips each marked an RBI in the inning, while junior catcher Pat McMeel tallied two. NM State would get only two more hits from the second thru ninth innings.
"We were really good all the way around today. It was a dominant offensive performance in game one and in game two we put up six runs in the first inning and let Adam Mott take it the rest of the way," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Sacramento played good, quality defense and you have to give them credit for that."
Junior righty Adam Mott is now 5-0 on the year as he went seven innings and marked four strikeouts. Junior right hander Tyler Mack got a strikeout in the eighth before senior closer Scott Coffman entered the game in the ninth to tally two K's and wrap up the game.
The Aggies take on Sacramento State in the third game of the series, Sunday, April 15 at 2pm (MT) at John Smith Field in Sacramento, Calif. The game is scheduled to air over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.