LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The New Mexico State University baseball team opened up conference play on Friday, March 22, by overtaking Texas State 12-6 in game one of a three game series.
NM State welcomed Texas State into the Western Athletic Conference by piling up 12 runs to go up 1-0 in conference play and 13-10 overall. The Bobcats move to 0-1 in the WAC and 14-7 overall.
The Aggies scored 12 runs of 16 hits, three walks and four Bobcat errors. This is the fourth game in the last five where the Aggies have put up double-digits in the run column.
Eight different Aggies earned at least one hit in the game, with six of those Aggies earning multiple hits. Second baseman Kent Blackstone and center fielder Kyle Phillips each had three hits and one RBI in the game. Catcher Tanner Rust and third baseman Robert Lecount tied for the game-high in RBI’s with three apiece. Rust went 2-for-3 and with one walk and Lecount went 2-for-5. Right fielder Michael Medina and left fielder Quinnton Mack each had two hits.
Starting pitcher Adam Mott earned the win, moving to 3-2 on the season. Mott gave up five runs off nine hits and struck out seven batters. Relief pitcher Casey Collins came in during the sixth inning, giving up one hit and earning two outs. Relief pitcher Christopher Bradley closed out the game for the Aggies, pitching two scoreless innings and giving up one hit to help seal the NM State win.
The game started off slow until the second inning, where Texas State scored four runs off four hits to put the Aggies in an early hole. In the bottom of the second inning, designated hitter Cody Edwards scored off a Bobcat error, brining the score to 4-1.
In the bottom of the third inning, Blackstone scored off a fielder’s choice by Edwards. The Aggies shortened the run deficit to a 4-2 score.
The Aggie offense found its rhythm in the fourth inning, scoring four runs off four hits. The Bobcats substituted pitchers, but were met with ill results when Rust hit a 2-RBI single, highlighting the 4-run inning.
The Aggie offense continued to follow its stride, scoring four runs off four hits and one Bobcat error all on two outs. A couple Aggie singles tied up the score, and another Bobcat error kept the inning alive for NM State, allowing the Aggies to score two more runs to bring the score to 10-4.
Single-RBI hits by Phillips and Lecount in the sixth and seventh innings respectively brought the score to 12-6. The Bobcats were never able to bring in another run after the seventh inning, and the Aggies capped off the win.
NM State faces Texas State again tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field.