NMSU Baseball Sweeps Double-Header
The New Mexico State University baseball team swept the double-header against Sacred Heart University on Saturday, Feb. 25, scoring a total of 44 runs on the day.
NM State won the first game 21-3, posting 19 runs during the second inning. The Aggies won the second game 23-11, which included designated hitter Cody Edwards hitting for the cycle and driving in 11 RBI's.
Edwards earned his cycle in the sixth inning when he hit a grand slam over the left field wall. Edwards joins Joe Leghorn (2007) as the only two players in NM State history to hit for the cycle. Edwards' 11 mark of 11 RBI's was one shy of tying Cory Smith's record of 12 set in 1997.
The Aggies posted a decisive win during the first game of the doubleheader, winning 21-3 in a game that was stopped after the top of seventh inning because of the 10-run rule. The game was dominated by the Aggie bats.
The game was pretty much over in half an inning, that being the bottom of the second. During that inning NM State scored an incredible 19 runs, 18 of which were scored before Sacred Heart could mark the first out of the inning.
Sacred Heart starting pitcher Kody Kerski (0-1) went through the first inning without allowing a hit. The second inning wouldn't go as smooth for Kerski. He started the inning by allowing three consecutive hits to the Aggies. That brought up first baseman Robert Lecount who proceeded to hit a three-run homer. Lecount finished the afternoon with four RBIs.
This only got worse for Kerski. After walking a batter and hitting the next, the Aggies went on to hit three consecutive run-scoring doubles before Kerski hit the last batter he faced.
Kerski was relieved by James Ineson who didn't fare much better. Ineson also walked and hit the first two batters he faced. He proceeded to allow a couple of singles before centerfielder Kyle Phillips came up and hit the second three-run home run of the inning for the Aggies.
NM State batted around twice in the inning before the Pioneers finally got the first out of the inning on a grounder to shortstop by Aggie right fielder Bryan Karraker, who was batting for the third time in the inning. The Aggies finished the inning with a record 14 hits in the inning.
The Pioneers actually did lead for half an inning after they scored a run in the top of the second inning off Aggie starter Casey Collins (1-1). Collins settled down after the second, however, and finished pitching five strong innings, only allowing three hits and the single run while collecting his first win of the young season.
The Aggie offense continued to surge during the second game, scoring in all but one inning.
Edwards drove in over half of the runs for NM State in the second game, going 4-for-5 while hitting for the cycle.. Catcher Zac Fisher followed up with four RBI's off three hits.
Pitcher Timothy Torsney pitched most of the game for NM State, giving up four runs off seven hits and seven strikeouts over five innings.
Edwards started the second game off with a bang by driving in three RBI's off a double to left field, capping a 4-run inning for the Aggies.
Despite giving up an early lead to Sacred Heart over the first two innings, the Aggies were quick to come back, posting 10 runs in the third inning to put NM State up 16-10. A series of walks by Sacred Heart pitchers put NM State in a good position. Edwards drove in three more runs with a triple to right field.
NM State added six more runs in the sixth inning to increase its lead to 23-10. The inning was highlighted by Edwards' grand slam, which also earned him the cycle.
Sacred Heart scored one more run in the seventh inning before ending the game on a strikeout by NM State pitcher Jeff Neptune.