Aggie Baseball Remains Undefeated after Double Header
The New Mexico State baseball improved to 6-0 on the season after taking both games of a Saturday doubleheader at Presley Askew Field, 20-12 and 12-1against the University of Buffalo. Buffalo falls to 0-2 on the season.
On the day, NM State hit .427 as a team, tallying 35 runs on 35 hits, 33 RBI, with eight doubles, a triple and a homerun. Ryan Aguayo hit .857 on the day, going 6-of-7 at the plate with five runs scored and four RBI. Andrew Lyon also had a solid day hitting the ball, going 3-of-5 with six runs scored and three RBI, for a batting average of .600. Zachary Voight also hit over .500 on the day, at .556. In all, nine Aggies hit over .400.
The Aggies’ pitching staff did just as well on Saturday, allowing 15 runs on 21 hits, while striking out 17 batters and walking just 10.
In game one of the doubleheader, NM State defeated Buffalo 20-12. Zachary Voight led the way for the Aggie hitters, going 4-of-4 at the plate, scoring three runs and accounting for one RBI. Chuck Howard recorded two hits on three at-bats and two runs with a team-high four RBI in the game. As a team, the Aggies tallied 22 hits and 18 RBI.
Starting pitcher Tyler Mack pitched a solid five innings for the Aggies, improving his season record to 2-0. Mack allowed six runs on seven hits, while striking out eight Buffalo batters.
Buffalo got on the board to start the game with three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. A double by leadoff hitter Pollock started the three run surge.
The Aggies responded in the bottom of the first, as Starkes reached on an error and then advanced to third on a Voight single to center field. A wild pitch by Buffalo allowed Starkes to score. Hipp hit a chopper to first base and was forced out but not before Voight advanced to third. He then touched home plate after a Laing single to center. Aguayo then singled to right to put runners at first and second with one out. Karraker then singled to center but Laing was thrown out at home as the score remained 3-2 Buffalo with two out in the bottom of the first. The Aggies would load the bases but couldn’t push anymore runs across as Buffalo continued to lead 3-2 after one inning.
Mack shut down the Buffalo hitters in the second recording three straight strikeouts.
Howard led off the Aggies half of the inning with a single to center. After Starkes reached on a walk, Voight singled to center to load the bases with no outs. Hipp then hit a sac fly to center, allowing Howard to score and Voight to advance to third. Laing hit a single to left to score Voight, giving the Aggies their first lead of the game at 4-3 with one out. Aguayo was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases for the Aggies as Karraker stepped to the plate. He would crack a single to center, scoring Voight and Laing. Lyon then walked to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Perkins then walked, walking in a run, pushing the score to 7-3 with one out, as the bases remained loaded. Howard then grounded into a double play to end the inning but not before the Aggies score five runs on four hits.
Buffalo would go down in order for the second straight inning, as the Aggies continued to hold the 7-3 advantage after two and half innings.
Starkes led off the bottom of the inning with a triple to the center field wall. Voight then doubled to left to score Starkes from third, giving the Aggies an 8-3 lead. Hipp then walked to put runners at first and second. Buffalo then changed pitchers as Fragulla came in for Crumb. Crumb gave up eight runs on 10 hits in two plus innings. Laing then flied out to center, as Voight advanced on the throw putting runners at the corners with one out. Hipp would steal second on the next pitch, putting two runners in scoring position. A wild pitch pushed Voight home and advanced Hipp to third. Aguayo singled to right, allowing Hipp to score from third, giving NM State a 11-3 lead with one out in the bottom of the third. With the bases load, Howard crushed a grand slam to center, field pushing the lead to 15-3. After a Starkes fly out, Voight recorded his fourth hit of the day, a single to right with two outs. Hipp then grounded out to third to end the inning but not before the Aggies scored eight runs on seven hits. After three full innings the Aggies held a 15-3 lead.
Buffalo start their half of the fourth inning with two singles but Mack would record a strikeout and force Buffalo into a double play to get out of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Aggies would go down 1-2-3. At the end of four complete innings, NM State led 15-3.
The Bulls ended their three inning scoreless streak with three runs on two hits, cutting the Aggies led to 15-6 after four and a half.
Lyon led off the bottom of the fifth for the Aggies with a double to center. He would reach third on sac fly and score off a Fisher single to right field. The Aggies couldn’t push anymore runs across the plate, holding a 16-6 lead after five innings.
Tornsey came in to pitch for Mack in the top of the sixth. Mack went five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Buffalo quickly loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning with one out. Tornsey then struck out the next Buffalo batter for the second out of the inning. Forney then made a driving snag at shortstop to throw the runner from first base out at second to end the inning, as NM State continued to lead 16-6 after five and a half.
NM State would add three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 19-6 advantage after six. The Bulls added five runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull within eight runs at 19-11.
The Aggies wouldn’t score any runs in the bottom of the seventh as the score remained 19-11. The Aggie defense would shut down the Bulls in the top of the eighth as Randy Montoya came in to pitch in relief. NM State added one more run in the bottom of the eighth as Lyon scored from third after an error on the third baseman. Hetrick came in relief in the top half of the ninth, handling the Bulls’ attacked, allowing only one run on one hit, as NM State took the first game in the doubleheader 20-12.
In game two of the doubleheader, pitcher Dan Reid was the story for the Aggies, going seven full innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking four batters and walking just one batter. He improved to 2-0 on the season. The Aggies led by Ryan Aguayo at the plate in game two. Aguayo went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI.
Game two started much different than game one, as defense was the dominating factor in the game. In the first inning and a half of play, neither team could put runs on the board. NM State scored the first run of game two off a Forney single to center, scoring Lyon, who walked to start the bottom of the second inning. Perkins advanced to third from first, after reach on an error by the second baseman. With runners on the corners, Starkes smacked a single to center, scoring Perkins from third, as Forney advanced to third. Voight singled to left center, scoring Forney and Starkes to push the Aggie lead to 4-0 with one out. Aguayo then singled to left to put runners at first and second. The Aggies would strand two runners but not before taking a 4-0 after two innings.
In the top of the third, Buffalo again went down 1-2-3 as the score remained 4-0 in favor of the Aggies. In the bottom of the third, the Aggies loaded the bases with one out, after two hit by a pitch balls, a walk and two wild pitches. Starkes then reached on a fielder’s choice allowing the runner from third to score, pushing the Aggies’ lead to 5-0 with two outs. Voight would draw a walk to load the bases for NM State again. An error by the short stop allowed both Perkins and Starkes to score from second and third, respectively. The Aggies held a 7-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the third. Buffalo’s Kevin Hughes then entered the game to take the mound for the Bulls. Laing then doubled to left center to score Voight from third, as Aguayo advanced to third, pushing the lead to 8-0. Karraker blasted a single to left center to score Aguayo and Laing, as NM State took a 10-0 lead. After another hit by the pitch, the Aggies had the bases loaded. Forney stepped to the plate and was also hit by a pitch allowing the Aggies to score their seventh run of the inning. The Aggies would leave the bases loaded but the damage would be done, as NM State led 11-0 after three full innings.
Buffalo would put their first runner on base in the game when leadoff hitter Pollock walked but Reid would strikeout the next batter and force a double play to end the top of the fourth as NM State continued to lead 11-0.
After two quick outs by the Aggies, Aguayo nailed a double to center to keep the Aggies’ bottom half of the inning alive. Fisher then singled to right field to score Aguayo from second, boosting the NM State lead to 12-0. Karraker would then ground out to the first baseman to end the bottom half of the fourth inning.
The Bulls finally got their first hit of the game to start the fifth inning, a double off the center field wall. The runner would advance to third on a ground out to second base. Reid then struck out the next batter and forced a ground out to third to end the Buffalo threat, as NM State held a 12-0 advantage after four and a half.
The Aggies went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth but still held the 12-0 lead.
Buffalo put a runner in scoring position at second base with one out but Reid struck out the third batter in the inning before short stop Aguayo and third baseman Voight made an excellent defensive play at third for the final out of the top of the sixth. The bottom of the inning was much the same for the Aggies, going down in order as they continued to lead 12-0.
The Aggies would lose their shutout in the top of the seventh as Buffalo scored their lone run of the game with one out. But a double play by the NM State defense ended the threat, as the Aggies led 12-1 after six and half.
NM State added to its lead in the bottom of the seventh with two more runs on four hits bring the score to 14-1 after seven full innings. Each team would add a run in the eighth inning as the score was 15-2 going into the final inning of play on the day. The Bulls would add one more run in the top of ninth but it wasn’t enough as the Aggies took the game, 15-3.
The Aggies will be back in action on Sunday for the final two games of the series as the doubleheader begins at 1:00 p.m.