HONOLULU – The New Mexico State baseball team pulled off another one-run victory beating San Jose State 10-9 in day three of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Les Murakami Stadium, Saturday, May 23.
With the win, the Aggies head into championship day with a game versus Fresno State at 4pm (MDT) in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
The Spartans took an early 4-0 lead by scoring three runs on four hits in the first and adding a run off a sacrifice fly in the second. The Aggies took over the momentum of the game after they got on the board with an RBI single by senior Brooks Wallace Award Finalist Bryan Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.). With the bases loaded, junior Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas) used that momentum to bring in three more runs and tie the game after four innings of play.
Marquez finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Aguirre was 1-of-3 and had a team-high three RBIs on the day. Senior right hander Sebastien Vendette (Luval, Quebec) went 6 1/3 innings striking out five batters and taking his record to 8-2 on the year.
After a 1-2-3 inning for SJSU in the bottom of the fourth, the Aggies continued to ride the momentum by adding six runs on five hits in the top of the fifth. Junior third baseman Wade Reynoso (Redwood City, Calif.), who was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, belted a two-run double in the left centerfield gap before junior designated hitter Kyle Decater (Sammamish, Wash.) hit a two-run homer over the right field wall. Marquez and junior Mike Sodders (Moreno Valley, Calif.) also had RBIs in the inning giving the Aggies the 10 runs they needed for the victory.
Down 10-4 after five innings, the Spartans crept back in the game scoring a run in the sixth, one in the seventh and three in the eighth, but they didn’t get the two they needed in the ninth to pull of a comeback.
The Aggies are now 44-15 heading into the final day of the tournament. The Aggies need just one victory to win the tournament, while Fresno State needs two wins. The first game is set for 4pm (MDT) and the second game (if necessary) will start 30 min after game one. Fans can listen to the action at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play. Fans can also watch the game at www.WAC.tv for a fee.