NM State Baseball Splits Doubleheader; Wins Series 2-1
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/18/2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team split the doubleheader with Seattle, Friday. The Redhawks won the first game 9-3 but responded in game two with a 6-5 victory. NM State moves to 15-20 on the season and 7-5 in WAC play, while Seattle is now 17-17 overall and 7-5 in the WAC.

With the win in game two, the Aggies win the three-game series, 2-1.

Game 1

Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third after a single to centerfield scored a runner from second and a field error by Umphres allowed another run. The Redhawks added one more run in the inning to make it 3-0 after two-and-a-half.

NM State quickly put runners at first and second to begin the bottom of the third, before Paulson hit a triple of the center field wall, scoring both runners, bringing the score to 3-2 with two outs in the inning. The Aggies however were unable to push anymore runs across the plate, as Seattle led 3-2 after three full innings.

The Aggies loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth but would ground out into a double play to end the threat.

Two errors on the right fielder allowed Seattle to score two more runs, extended their lead to 5-2 with no outs in the fifth. A balk by Barr and a double to left center made it 6-2 Seattle with just one out. Barr was then relieved by Kraft. Barr allowed six runs on nine hits, striking out three batters in four and a third innings of work. The first batter Kraft faced singled to right field, scoring the runner at second, pushing the Redhawks lead to 7-2.

Kraft walked the next batter and then forced a ground out for the second out of the inning, before being relieved by Stein. He would force a fly out to right field ending the inning but not before Seattle scored four runs, taking a 7-2 lead and four and a half.

The Aggie offense stalled in the bottom of the inning, going down in order. Kilgore would then come into pitch for NM State in the top of the sixth, marking the fourth Aggie pitcher to see the mound in the game.

NM State’s defense held Seattle scoreless over the next two innings, as the score remained 7-2 in favor of the Redhawks.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Blackstone reached first on an error by the third baseman, scoring Medina, who walked in the previous at bat. Blackstone would advance all the way to third after the throwing error. The Aggies pulled to within 7-3 after seven innings.

Seattle added two more runs in the in the top of the eighth, giving them a 9-3 lead.

The Aggies were unable to push anymore runs across the plate, as the game ended in favor of Seattle, 9-3.

Michael Medina led the Aggies with one run on three at-bats, scoring two runs. Paulson, Kristoffer Koerper, Kilgore, Joseph Koerper, Lucas Martinez and Noyer all had one hit each, as Noyer scored the other Aggie run in the game. Barr took the loss, moving to 4-1 on the season.

Game 2

At the start of game two, the Aggies took an early 3-0 lead on Seattle. With two on and two out, Kristoffer Koerper hit a double to center field, scoring two runs. Kyle Kilgore then hit a double to left center, scoring Kristoffer Koerper from second, giving NM State a 3-0 after one.

The Aggies added one more run in the bottom of the second, making it 4-0. In the third, NM State put runners on first and second with no outs. Kristoffer Koerper reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing the runner from second to advance to third. Kilgore then blasted a double to left field, scoring the runner from third, as Kristoffer Koerper advanced to third. He would score on the next play, making it 6-0 after three innings.

Seattle cut into the Aggies’ lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs, as NM State continued to lead Seattle, 6-2. The Redhawks would add one more run in the top of the sixth, bringing the score to 6-3 in favor of the Aggies.

After scoring six runs over the first three innings, the Aggies’ offense stalled a bit, while Seattle chipped away at the NM State lead. Pulling to within three runs at 6-2 after six innings, the Redhawks added another run in the top of the seventh, making it a two run game at 6-4.

In the eighth, Seattle cut the Aggie lead to 6-5 on a single to center, scoring the Redhawk runner from second with two outs. Seattle then loaded the bases but the Aggie defense locked down and got out of the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, NM State was unable to push any runs across the plate, as the score remained 6-5.

In Seattle’s half of the ninth, the Redhawks’ first batter walked, placing the tying run on base. A bunt by the next batter, allowed the run from first to advance to second with one out. The next batter grounded out to second base for the second out but the runner advanced to third. A fly out to center field ended the game as NM State won 6-5.

Billy Conard got the win for the Aggies, pitching six full innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, while striking out six batters. Trey Gonzales got the save for the Aggies, his sixth of the year. He pitched one and a third innings, giving up no hits and walking just one batter.

Kristoffer Koerper led NM State at the plate, going 2-of-4 with one hit, two runs scored and two RBI. Kyle Kilgore recorded two hits and two RBI, as Michael Paulson collected two runs on one hit.

The Aggies will be back on the field tomorrow at Presley Askew Field beginning at noon for a non-conference game against Seattle U.

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