LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team completed the sweep of Sul Ross State with a 20-3 victory at Presley Askew Field, Tuesday, March 17.
The Aggies, now 17-2 on the year, scored 20 runs on 16 hits with only one error, while Sul Ross State crossed the plate three times on nine hits and committed two errors. Junior right hander Cory Hill (Abbotsford, B.C.) picked up his second win of the year, throwing two innings and getting one strikeout.
Juniors Wade Reynoso (Redwood City, Calif.), Ben Harty (Bellevue, Wash.) and Kyle Decater (Sammamish, Wash.) all hit home runs taking the national leader NM State to 50 this season.
Reynoso had the hot bat going 3-for-6 with six RBIs, while also scoring twice. The Aggies also hit six doubles in the game.
Senior centerfielder Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) started off the Aggies first inning with a double before junior Nate Shaver (The Dalles, Ore.) got on base with a walk. The Aggies first run of the game came when Shaver stole second and the Sul Ross catcher, Ricardo Vera, overthrew the ball to give Stout time to cross the plate.
In the second, the senior Justin Lucero (Lynnwood, Wash.) hit a single for his first RBI of the game and followed that with a stolen base, his second of the season.
National Player of the Week, senior Bryan Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) and Lucero hit doubles to bring in two runs each for the Aggies. Reynoso followed that with a single for two RBIs. Farnham, Lucero and Stout brought in one RBI each for the NM State to bring the score to 13-0 after two complete innings as the Aggies went through the entire line up in the second.
Sul Ross brought in their first run of the game in the forth inning off of a single. With the Aggies up to bat, Shaver hit a double back to the wall and brought in two runs. This was Shaver’s third RBI of the game. Reynoso hit his forth home run of the season to bring in three more runs for NM State. After four innings, the Aggies took the score to 18-1.
Sul Ross put their second run on the board in the fifth before the Aggies took over at the plate. The Aggies were scoreless in that inning.
In the sixth, the Aggies kept the Lobos from scoring, and came back with Harty hitting his first home run of the game and his fifth of the season. One batter later, Kyle Decater got his first bomb of the season to bring the Aggies lead to 20-2.
With the bases loaded, Sul Ross brought in yet another run before the game was called after seven innings and a final score of 20-3.
NM State takes on San Francisco in a four-game series at Presley Askew Field, which starts Friday, March 20 at 6:05 p.m. (MDT).