NMSU Baseball Sweeps IPFW with Sunday Victory
The Aggie Baseball team completed the sweep of IPFW (Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne) Sunday afternoon, 16-8, at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies improve to 15-5 on the season, while IPFW falls to 2-10 overall.
Trey Ross took the win on the mound for the Aggies with one and two-thirds of work, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out one batter. He improves to 4-1 on the season.
At the plate, the Aggies were led by Bryan Karraker, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Parker Hipp also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, while Zac Fisher collected four RBI as well with two hits on four at-bats, scoring two runs.
The Aggies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, after a single by Hipp scored Waite, who doubled to left field at the beginning of the inning. The Aggie defense shut down the Mastodons in the top of the second, recording two ground outs and a fly out, as the score remained 1-0 going into the Aggies’ part of the inning.
The Aggies would score four runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a two run homerun from Karraker to left field. He would score Fisher, who walked to start the inning and then advanced to third on two straight wild pitches by the Mastodons. The Aggies then loaded the bases with three straight walks. Hipp then walked to allow a run to score from third. Aguayo then walked to score another run from third, to give NM State a 5-0 lead after two innings.
IPFW finally got on the board in the top of the third inning. After loading the bases, two singles, a sac fly and a fielder’s choice allowed IPFW to score four runs on five hits. The Mastodons shut down the Aggies in the bottom of the third, as the score remained 5-4.
IPFW would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, with three straight strikeouts. The Aggies got back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, as Waite walked to start the inning. Voight then hit his first homerun of the season to center field, emptying the bases and giving NM State a 7-4 lead with no outs. The Aggies wouldn’t push anymore runs across but not before increasing their lead by three runs to 7-4 after fourth innings.
It was another 1-2-3 inning for the Mastodons in the top of the fifth, as the Aggies held on to their 7-4 lead. The Aggies also went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
Bevill exited the game in the top of the sixth after throwing five plus innings, allowing four hits on six hits, while striking out two batters. Randy Montayo entered the game for Bevill.
The Mastodons opened the top of the sixth with two walks and a sac bunt allowed them to advance to second and third with one out. A double down the left field line allowed both runners to score, bring the score to 7-6 in favor of the Aggies. NM State then made their second pitching change of the inning as Ross came into the game for Montoya. A single by the Mastodons put runners at the corners. A wild pitch by Ross allowed the runner from third to score, tying the game at 7-7. The Aggies would get the next two batters out but not before the Mastodons tied the game at seven all.
Starkes flied out to lead for the bottom of the sixth. Waite then walked, followed by a single to left field by Voight, putting runners at first and second. Hipp then doubled to center field, scoring Waite from second and advancing Voight to third. A walk by Aguayo loaded the bases for NM State. Fisher then smacked a double to left center, emptying the bases. Fisher then advanced to third on the throw to home from the outfield. Fisher’s double scored three runs, pushing the Aggies’ lead to 11-7 with one out. With two outs in the inning Forney singled to left to score fisher from third giving the Aggies a 12-7 leading going into the top of the seventh inning.
The Mastodons managed no runs in the top of the seventh, with just one hit, as the Aggies held on to a 12-7 lead. The Aggies would add to their lead in the bottom of the inning with one run on two hits, extending their lead to 13-7.
The Mastodons cut into the Aggies’ lead in the top of the eighth scoring one run, as NM State led 13-8 after seven and a half innings. In the bottom of the inning the Aggies quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Waite then stepped to the plate and hit a double to left center scoring two runs to extend the Aggies’ lead to 15-8. Voight then popped up to second for the first out of the inning. Hipp then grounded out to first base allowing the runner to score from third, making it 16-8 Aggies. Rust stepped to the plate with two outs and runners on the corners. He would draw a walk to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Clark stepped to plate and hit a long fly ball to right field that was caught for the third out of the inning. The Aggies held a 16-8 lead going into the top of the ninth.
The Mastodons would threaten in the top of the ninth putting runners at first and second but two quick outs by the Aggies ended the game as NM State won 16-8.
The Aggies will be back in action March 24-26 against Binghamton at Presley Askew Field.