Aggie Baseball Still Undefeated after Series Sweep
POSTED: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 9:25pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 10:40pm
The baseball team of New Mexico State University swept the University of Buffalo in a 4-game series, improving to 8-0 to open the season.
NM State faced Buffalo in a double-header on Sunday, Feb. 27 after a previous double-header with Buffalo on Saturday, Feb. 26. NM State outscored Buffalo 77-39 over the 4-game series.
NM State defeated Buffalo 23-11 in the first game of the double-header. The last time NM State scored at least 23 runs in one game was in against Georgia State on March 14, 2009, when the Aggies scored 24 runs.
Seven different Aggies drove in at least one RBI in the game, with five of the seven driving in at least three RBI's. Shortstop Ryan Aguayo led the Aggies at the plate, going 4-4 with two homeruns, eight RBI's and four runs scored.
As a team the Aggies scored 23 runs off 24 hits and five walks. NM State tallied three homeruns in the game; two from Aguayo and an inside-the-park homerun by first baseman Kurt Snowley.
NM State pitcher Trey Ross pitched four innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and four walks, and struck out nine. NM State pitchers Trey Gonsalez, Gerardo Renteria and Randy Montoya each pitched one complete inning, giving up one run between the three. The NM State pitching staff held 12 Buffalo base runners on base, compared to eight NM State base runners left on base.
Buffalo struck first by scoring two runs off of two hits in top of the first inning. NM State took to the plate and did not wait to put runs on the board. Second baseman Parker Hipp brought in the Aggies' first run of the day by singling to left-center, bringing in center fielder Wesley Starkes from third base. Aguayo singled up the middle, bringing in two more runs for the Aggies. NM State ended up scoring seven runs off of seven hits in the bottom of the first inning alone.
Buffalo came back to score two runs off two hits in the top of the second inning to shorten the NM State lead to 7-4. NM State quickly responded in the bottom of the second inning when Aguayo hit a 2-run homerun for his first homerun of the season. The Aggies added one more run during the second inning to bring their lead to 10-4.
Buffalo did not falter after the second inning, scoring four runs off four hits in the top of the third to shorten the NM State lead to 10-8. Snowley helped add to the Aggie offense by hitting a 3-run inside-the-park homerun in the bottom of the third inning with two outs.
NM State was finally able to settle down the Buffalo offense in the top of the fourth inning, holding Buffalo scoreless in an inning for the first time all game by either team. Aguayo hit a 2-run homerun with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Aguayo's second homerun of the game. The Aggies ended up scoring four total runs on four hits in the inning, bringing the score to 18-8.
Buffalo came back to score three runs off three hits in the top of the fifth inning. NM State put five more runs on the board during the bottom of the fifth inning to bring the lead to 23-11.
NM State held Buffalo to another scoreless inning in the top of the sixth, capped off with a diving play by Andrew Lyon at left field to end the inning. NM State was held scoreless during the bottom of the sixth inning for the first scoreless inning for the Aggies all game.
The game ended with a Buffalo strikeout against NM State pitcher Randy Montoya.
NM State defeated Buffalo 19-13 in the second game of the double-header to conclude the 4-game series.
Left fielder Tanner Waite went 4-for-6 and catcher Chuck Howard went 5-for-6, and each tallied four RBI's apiece for the Aggies. Overall 10 different Aggies notched at least one RBI against Buffalo.
NM State pitcher Ryan Beck gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits and two walks over five complete innings pitched. Beck struck out 11 from Buffalo, more than the total amount of strikeouts of Buffalo's entire staff in the game. Beck earned the win, improving to 2-0.
Buffalo opened the second game with a lead-off triple by left fielder Matt Pollock. Pollock later scored on a single for the first run of the game. Buffalo scored four runs to cap off the top of the first inning. NM State responded in the bottom of the first inning with a 2-run double with one out by the designated hitter Zac Fisher. Despite the four run deficit heading into their first at-bat, the Aggies scored five runs off three hits to take a 5-4 lead heading into the second inning.
Buffalo hit a 2-run homerun with no outs in the top of the second inning, capping off a 3-run inning for Buffalo. Hipp led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo-homerun to right field to bring the Aggies to within one run. After loading the bases, Waite hit a 2-run single to left field to give the Aggies an 8-7 lead. NM State ended up scoring four runs on three hits in the inning for a 9-7 lead.
Right fielder Bryan Karraker flashed his defensive abilities in the top of the third inning when he made a diving catch in right field and doubled off the base runner at first base. Buffalo was held scoreless in the third inning. White hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the third inning for his fourth RBI of the game. The Aggies ended up scoring five runs on three hits in the inning for a 14-7 lead.
NM State held Buffalo scoreless for the second-straight inning in the fourth inning. NM State was also held scoreless in the fourth inning. The fourth inning was the first inning in either game when both teams could not produce a run.
Howard hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning to bring the NM State lead to 15-8.
Buffalo put on a 3-run rally in the top of the seventh running to bring the NM State lead down to 15-12. The Aggies added a run to their lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when Starkes hit a sacrifice fly, scoring one run. The Aggies scored two runs in the inning, increasing their lead to 17-15.
The Aggies will hit the road this weekend when they take on Cal State Northridge, San Francisco and Lamar in Beaumont, Texas, starting on Thursday, March 3.