LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State baseball team pounded on Saint Joseph's 33-1 in game one of the four game series, Friday, March 5, at Presley Askew Field.
With the win, NM State goes to 7-5 on the year while the Hawks remain winless at 0-4. The Aggies posted 33 runs on 24 hits and committed no errors, while holding SJU to one run on 11 hits while its defense committed six errors with three of them charged to the Hawks' third baseman.
Outfielder Chace Perkins led the way offensively for NM State going 2-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored, a home run and a triple. Right-hand pitcher Dan Reid earned the win going 5.0 innings and giving up only one run and one walk. Right hander Cory Hill saw 3.0 innings on the mound, facing 12 batters, striking out three batters.
The Aggies came out hitting the ball well putting up six runs on five hits with Sodders and Perkins each hitting two-run home runs in the bottom of the first. SJU posted a run in the top of the second, but the Aggies blew the game wide open putting up five more runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Chris Auten picked up his two RBI in the inning and finished the day 3-of-4 with a walk and four runs scored.
NM State was up 11-1 heading into the third inning, then posted nine more runs to take a 20-1 advantage. That inning saw Perkins and Wes Starkes hit back-to-back triples and Sodders hit his second homer of the evening.
After the Aggies posted two more runs went up on the board in the bottom of the fourth, the fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. NM State scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth without even getting a single hit. One run was scored in the seventh inning when Conner Eppard got an infield RBI single before the offense kept it going in the eighth putting seven more runs on the board.
The Aggies continue the series with a doubleheader, Saturday, March 6 that starts at 3:05 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field. Live stats will be available online at www.NMStateSports.com, while the next radio broadcast is set for Sunday, March 7 at 1:05 p.m. (MT).