LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team belted seven home runs, including two off the bat of junior shortstop Ryan Aguayo, to dominate Akron 17-5 in the series finale at Presley Askew Field on Sunday afternoon.
NM State improves to 5-4 after the victory while Akron falls to 2-5.
The Aggie bats began firing in the bottom of the second for four runs. Senior left fielder Leo Aguirre led off with a home run to right for the first score of the game. Next up, senior designated hitter Ben Harty followed with a single and freshman Zach Fisher drew a walk. Junior center fielder Wesley Starkes singled to bring Harty home. A couple batters later Aguayo smacked a two-run homer to give NM State a 4-0 lead after two.
NM State added more runs in the third. Senior third baseman Wade Reynoso slugged a solo shot over the fence in left center to make it 5-0. Later in the inning Fisher would bat around Aguirre with an RBI single to push the Aggie cushion to 6-0.
The Zips got on the board in the fifth when sophomore third baseman scored on a two-out RBI single by sophomore center fielder Drew Turocy. Akron added another run in the top of the sixth when senior shortstop Kevin Hass scored on an RBI single senior right fielder Jake Plata to make the score 6-2.
Aguayo connected on his second home run of the day with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth to put NM State up 7-2
NM State exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh, scoring eight after the Zips posted two outs. Aguirre scored his third run after Harty hit a home run to left center to give the Aggies a 9-2 lead. The Aggies piled up six consecutive hits after the second out including Aguayo's third home run, a triple by senior right fielder Nate Shaver, and a pair of doubles by freshman pinch hitter Parker Hipp and Reynoso. Senior pinch hitter Jared Jordan ended the Aggie 10-run rally with a three-run shot.
Trailing 17-2, Akron added its three final runs in the top of the ninth on a three-run homer by Haas to yield the final score.
Sophomore Justin Cooper recorded his first win of the year for the Aggies to move to 1-0. Ben Danzinger took the loss for the Zips.
The Aggies host rival New Mexico for a two-day series beginning Tuesday evening at 6:05 p.m. MT.
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