LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team won 10 straight games for the second time this season after hammering Louisiana Tech 22-8 at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 2.
The Aggies started the win streak April 18 when they won 14-6 in San Jose State. They came into the game with nine consecutive wins and were on top of the Western Athletic Conference standings, four games ahead of Fresno State. NM State has now won the last 24 out of the last 27 games taking its overall record to 35-12-1 and 13-2-1 in the WAC. The Bulldogs fall under .500 at 21-22 overall and are now 6-10 in conference action. Head coach Rocky Ward talked about all the hard work his players have been putting in and how it is paying off.
"We come to the yard everyday wanting to win and the club comes ready to play," Ward said. "Our guys put in the time and it's paying off."
Senior Leo Aguirre led the Aggie offense going 4-of-6 with seven RBI and two home runs. One of his homers was a grand slam in the third inning, which was the big inning that deflated the Louisiana Tech hopes of a comeback. In that inning, NM State posted 11 runs on 11 hits while 15 Aggie batters came to the plate.
Up 17-3 heading into the fifth LA Tech posted four runs on the board before senior reliever Daniel Reyes came in and threw 1.2 innings, picking up the win and going to 2-0 on the year. Freshman Ryan Beck got the start and handled the Bulldogs picking up five strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
"We scored early today and our pitchers did well again," Ward said. "We won the last two series because of what are pitching staff has done and that's the difference with this club. We are a great offensive team, but our pitching staff has really stepped up in these past two series."
Up by 10, the Aggies scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth on a two-RBI single by Aguirre to win 22-8.
The Aggies now look forward to a four-game series with Fresno State at Presley Askew Field starting Friday, May 7. Go to www.NMStateSports.com for more information on the Aggies.