LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team defeated Dallas Baptist 16-5 in seven innings at Presley Askew Field, Friday, April 5. The Aggies are now 17-14 on the year and 3-4 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Patriots fall to 16-14 on the season and 4-3 in league play.
The Aggies scored 16 runs on 15 hits with senior Bobby Lecount leading the offense going 2-of-3 at the dish with a home run and five RBIs. Senior shortstop Parker Hipp also had a good night with the bat as he finished the evening going 2-of-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Senior starting pitcher Adam Mott earned the win after working 6.0 innings, striking out four batters and giving up four runs. The first two of those four runs came in the top of the first to give DBU a 2-0 lead, but the Aggies tied it up in the bottom of the inning when Lecount tallied a two-RBI double to centerfield.
After the Aggies took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second, DBU regained the lead off a triple. NM State was down 4-3 before scoring nine runs on six hits. The offensive explosion started with a lead-off Hipp home run of the right field wall to tie the game at 4-4. It was Hipp’s sixth homer of the year. A fielder’s choice by Jory Goldstrom gave the Aggies a 5-4 lead before the Aggies scored seven more runs. Lecount hit a three-run shot later in the inning giving him eight bombs on the year.
The Patriots were held scoreless in the top of the fourth with NM State scoring four more runs in the bottom of the inning. DBU scored a run in the top of the seventh but that would not be enough as the Aggies ended the game with left-hand pitcher Robert Kraft forcing the final Patriot batter to fly-out to center.
The Aggies and the Patriots meet up in game two of the three-game series, Saturday, April 6 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised as a part of the Aggie Vision productions. Contact your local cable or satellite provider for show time listings.