TUCSON - The New Mexico State baseball team defeated No. 5 Arizona, 7-4 at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday, March 20. The Aggies are now riding a seven-game winning streak.
The Aggies battled toe-to-toe with No. 5 team in the nation and pulled ahead in the top of the eighth when Arizona committed three errors, with two on one play.
With the Aggies and Wildcats all tied up in the top of the eighth, senior Kurt Snowley led off with a single to centerfield. The next batter, junior designated hitter Cody Edwards showed bunt for the first two pitches of his at-bat then hit a dribbling ground ball to catch the Wildcats' shortstop off guard forcing an error. With two runners aboard and no outs, senior Tanner Waite laid down a bunt, which was scored a fielder's choice that the Arizona defense threw away. There were two errors (throwing and fielding) on that play and both Snowley and Edwards hustled around as the ball was thrown into the left field foul territory.
Starting right-hand pitcher Casey Collins went five innings and gave up only three earned runs, but relief pitcher Evan Mott was credited with the win as he was in the game when NM State gained the lead. Senior Robert Roher tallied his first career save as he finished out the game working two inning and recording two strikeouts.
Roher entered the game for the top of the eighth inning striking out the first two batters, then allowing the next two batters to reach on a walk and on a hit-by-pitch. The fifth Wildcat batter of the inning sat down on a groundout to the shortstop.
The Aggies picked up an insurance run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning when Edwards sent a missile that breezed by the Wildcats pitcher's head. Senior third baseman Bobby Lecount was the Aggie to cross the plate after he reached on a single to left.
Arizona got a man aboard in the bottom of the ninth but NM State was able to finish off the Wildcats on a 6-4-3 doubleplay.
Snowley finished the night going 3-of-5 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI, while senior catcher Zac Fisher ended the day 2-of-5 with two RBI.
NM State faces No. 5 Arizona, Wednesday, March 21 at 4pm (MT) at Hi Corbett Field. A live radio broadcast will be available online at www.NMStateSports.com for a fee.