NM State Sweeps Sacred Heart
The New Mexico State University baseball team defeated Sacred Heart University 16-2 on Sunday, Feb. 26, to complete a 4-game sweep to put the team at 7-3 on the season.
NM State scored a total of 71 runs over the series, putting the team's average at just under 18 runs per game.
The Aggie offense continued to thrive in the final game of the series, posting 16 runs through six innings of at-bats. Seven different players drove in at least one RBI on the day. First baseman Kurt Snowley led the team by going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Designated hitter Cody Edwards drove in 2 RBIs with a late homerun and third baseman Robert Lecount also drove in two RBIs.
Pitching was also a strength for NM State in the game. Starting pitcher Ryan Beck threw five complete innings, giving up two runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts. Beck threw shut-out innings through the second, third and fourth inning. Relief pitchers Evan Mott and Scott Coffman followed up with one complete inning of relief apiece, each without giving up a single hit.
NM State had two explosive innings, starting with the bottom of the second where the Aggies scored seven runs. Lecount started things off with a 2-run single after Sacred Heart loaded the bases with three walks. A couple of RBI singles paired with a Sacred Heart error gave the NM State offense good momentum early in the game. The Aggies finished the bottom of the second inning with seven runs off five hits and one error.
The Aggie offense also surged during the fifth inning. A critical bases-loaded error by Sacred Heart allowed two runs to score. Snowley later hit a 2-run triple to increase his RBI total. The Aggies scored six runs of four hits and one error in the inning.
The sixth inning was highlighted by a 2-run homerun by Edwards that sailed over the centerfield wall.
The Aggies will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for a 2-game series against the University of Minnesota. Game one will start Wednesday, March 1.