LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State baseball team bounced back and hammered No. 20 New Mexico 17-8 at Presley Askew Field, Wednesday, March 3.
With the win NM State goes above .500 at 6-5 on the season, while the Lobos drop to 6-3. It was a total team effort as the Aggies posted 17 runs on 17 hits and didn't commit a single error while UNM tallied eight runs on 14 hits and committed two errors.
"It was one of those days where we got out early and hit the ball well. We were able to hit the ball well with runners in scoring position," head coach Rocky Ward said. "UNM is a good offensive team and one of the keys to today's victory was when Adam Heredia came into the game and got three outs for us. The history of this series tells you that a team can't get too comfortable because anything can happen."
Las Cruces native Adam Heredia picked up the win for NM State as he came in as a reliever in the fifth inning to retire three batters including one by strikeout. NM State used six pitchers on the day and gave up only three walks compared to the 10 walks the Lobo pitching staff posted.
NM State caught fire early marking eight runs on five hits in the bottom of the second to give itself a comfortable cushion to work with for the remainder of the game. Four of those runs came when senior Wade Reynoso hammered a grand slam to left centerfield. Senior Nate Shaver also added an RBI and is now tied for a team-high 14 RBI on the season. Junior shortstop also posted an RBI off a sacrifice fly to right field.
After UNM put its first run up on the board in the top of the third, the Aggies answered right back with five more runs in the bottom of the inning. Two of those RBIs came from Reynoso when he singled through the right side. Reynoso ended the day going 4-of-6 at the dish with six RBI and three runs scored.
With the score 13-1 heading into the fourth, the Lobos made a push as they scored four runs in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth, while holding NM State scoreless for three innings. The Aggies did manage to score three runs off four hits in the seventh and one more run in the eight when Chace Perkins blasted his first bomb of the year. The Aggies have now reached 20 home runs on the season with Perkins' and Reynoso's homers on Wednesday.
The Aggies now look forward to a four-game series with Saint Joseph's that starts, Friday, March 5 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). That game is scheduled to air on the radio at KSNM AM 570 and all fans are invited out to the ball park as Price's Creamery will be handing out free ice cream to all in attendance.