LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State baseball team (23-10) scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up and win its 12th consecutive game of the year. The Aggies defeated Nevada 11-7 to open Western Athletic Conference play with a win at Presley Askew Field, Friday, April 9.
The Aggies tied the school record of 12-straight wins and have the longest current win streak in the nation. The other time NM State won 12-consecutive was back in 1989, which started with a win over New Mexico on March 14, 1989 and lasted until April 16, 1989.
"When we were 5-6 at one point, I thought if we got to 22-10 we would be doing good," head coach Rocky Ward said. "While we're sitting at 12-straight, were are also o1-0 in the WAC."
Freshman left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck came in as a reliever in the top of the third inning and calmed down the Wolf Pack offense as he retired 12-consecutive Nevada players. Beck picked up his first win going 4.0 innings without giving up a run. New Mexico native, sophomore-righty Justin Cooper earned his first save of the season as he came in to dominate for 2.0 innings, also without giving up a run.
NM State posted 11 runs on 14 hits and didn't commit a single error, while UNR scored seven runs on nine hits, but committed three costly errors, all in the sixth inning. Right fielder Nate Shave, short stop Ryan Aguayo and designated hitter Mike Sodders each had two RBI on the night, while Sodders joined first baseman Leo Aguirre with solo shots over the fence.
After three innings of play the Wolf Pack seemed to be pulling away with a 7-2 lead, but Nevada could not put up anymore runs. After adding another run in the bottom of the fourth off a sacrifice fly by Shaver, no team would score until the big, seven-run sixth inning by NM State.
The bottom of the sixth started with catcher Jared Jordan reaching on an error by the Wolf Pack shortstop. After a walk and two more Wolf Pack errors, Aguayo doubled and Sodders homered for a total of three RBI. Aguirre also picked up an RBI off a single up the middle and junior Chace Perkins got an RBI on a hard hit double down the leftfield line. NM State finished with seven runs off five hits and three UNR errors in the sixth.
NM State crossed the plate one more time off an Aguirre home run over the right field wall to take the score to 11-7, which was the final.
NM State takes on Nevada in a doubleheader at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, April 10 starting at 3:05 p.m. (MT). Both games are scheduled to air on the radio at KSNM AM 570.