LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team extended its winning streak to nine games after defeating Texas-Pan American 14-6, Friday, March 23 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies are now 18-8 on the year while UTPA dropped only its second game of the year.
Las Cruces native and Aggie starting pitcher Michael Ormseth stayed undefeated on the year and is now 6-0 after working six complete innings while giving up only two earned runs on five hits. Those two runs came on solo shots over the left field wall.
"We are playing well right now and it is giving us some momentum and confidence," Ormseth said. "I only had two mistakes before they took me out. I trust my defense and my catcher and the entire team played well tonight."
Ormseth now has a 5.53 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 42.1 innings of work on the year. Relief pitcher Robert Kraft came to tally his first strikeout as an Aggie, while junior right-hander Tyler Mack got in and tallied two K's as he was touching 90 mph on the mound.
Senior Bryan Karraker led the Aggie offense going 3-of-4 at the plate with four RBI, while junior Kyle Phillips hammered a homer in the first inning and finished the evening going 4-of-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
NM State opened the flood gates early scoring four runs in the first, one in the second and three in the third to take a 8-3 lead. After a scoreless fourth, NM State crossed the plate two more times in the fifth and extended its lead to 10-3. Those two runs in the fifth came after junior Robert Lecount reached on an error by the UTPA shortstop and after junior designated hitter Cody Edwards was hit by a pitch.
UTPA kept battling scoring two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth but NM State also scored two runs in the sixth and added another in the seventh before senior Andy Lyon, who came in off the bench, scored a run in the eighth off an error. The Aggies took the victory winning 16-4.
NM State and UTPA continue their four-game series with a doubleheader, Saturday, March 24 starting at 3pm (MT).