SAN JOSE, Calif. - Senior Leo Aguirre picked up hit No. 200 of his career as the New Mexico State baseball team took the four-game series from San Jose State after defeating the Spartans 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Monday, April 19.
Aguirre, who leads the team with a .410 batting average, was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and earned career hit No. 200 in his first at-bat of the day. Centerfielder Wes Starkes joined Aguirre with a good day at the dish going 2-of-3 with a double an RBI and a run scored.
With the win, NM State 27-12-1 overall and leads the Western Athletic Conference with a 5-2-1 record in league play. The Aggies scored their five runs on eight hits and were fortunate enough to not let the two errors they committed affect the outcome of the game.
The Aggies had to come from behind for the second day in a row as SJSU scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Freshman starting pitcher Tyler Mack, a native of Katy, Texas, worked 6.1 innings on the mound and struck out three batters. Other than giving up the run in the first inning, Mack was pretty good allowing the Spartans to cross the plate once again in the seventh.
The Aggies tied the ball game in the sixth on an RBI single by senior third baseman Wade Reynoso. He now has 38 of NM State 419 RBI on the season. NM State gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to fall behind once again.
With the score 3-1 after seven innings of play, time seemed to be running out for the Aggies. Although, NM State scored four runs in the top of the ninth and reliever Steven Anderson shut down SJSU to preserve a win for himself and his team. Anderson threw 2.0 innings, struck out two batters and gave up only two hits.
Starkes hit an RBI to right field after pinch hitter, senior Kyle Decatur led-off the inning with a double. Junior shortstop Ryan Aguayo posted a two-run double to centerfield putting the Aggies on top, 4-3. Aguirre added an insurance run with an RBI single to right-centerfield.
The Aggies look forward to a four-game series against Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., starting at 2:00 p.m. (MT), Friday, April 23.