LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team continues to sit in first place in the Western Athletic Conference after taking a doubleheader from Louisiana Tech winning game one 16-13 and game two 10-6 at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 1.
The Aggies have won the last 23 out of 26 games and are 12-2-1 in league play after outscoring the Bulldogs 26-19 in the two games combined. The pitching was just as good as the offense on Saturday as freshman Tyler Mack took his record to 6-0 after getting the start in game one and throwing 5.0 innings while picking up five strikeouts. Game two saw junior right-hander Dan Reid go to 6-1 on the year. Reid threw 6.0 innings and struck out six Bulldog batters, giving up only one walk.
GAME ONE RECAP
The Aggies were down 4-1 after three and a half innings of play but a big four-run spurt in the third and another three-run burst in the fifth gave the Aggies the momentum needed to win 16-13.
Senior Leo Aguirre led the Aggie offense going 3-of-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. He also blasted two home runs taking his season total to nine. The nine home runs is a career-high for Aguirre. The home run he hit in the bottom of the fifth gave NM State a 6-5 lead, a lead the Aggies wouldn't lose.
A three-run triple by senior Nate Shaver in the seventh gave the Aggies a 12-6 lead before an error by the Bulldog third baseman put NM State up 13-6.
Although LA Tech added four runs in the top of the eighth, the Aggies took the momentum back by crossing the plate three times. Junior centerfielder Wes Starkes showed great hustle, picking up an RBI by slapping a bunt-like grounder down the first base line. The Bulldog pitcher picked up the ball and had a chance to make the play, but Starkes made an athletic play by jumping over the pitcher and reaching base safely.
Sophomore Scott Coffman earned save No. 4 coming in for two-thirds of an inning facing three LA Tech batters.
GAME TWO RECAP
The Aggies are now 17-3 when scoring first as they took a 2-0 lead to open up game two. Louisiana Tech tied the game in the top of the second, but the Aggie bats caught fire in the bottom of the third. NM State posted seven runs on four hits with junior Ryan Aguayo starting it with a triple to right-center field. He finished the day with two RBI and is hitting .373 on the year.
Starkes added two RBI, while Aguayo, Aguirre and senior Jared Jordan each posted one RBI in the third. After a one-run fourth the Aggies put up another run on a fielder's choice by Aguayo.
Reid handled the Bulldogs thru the sixth and faced four batters in the seventh before senior righty Steven Anderson retired the two batters he faced to give NM State the 10-6 victory.
The Aggies wrap up the four-game series, Sunday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. (MT). The game is scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions. Fans should go to www.AggieVision.tv or check your local listings for airtimes.