NMSU Baseball Wins 8th Straight with sweep over Binghamton


POSTED: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 9:12pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 10:35pm

The New Mexico State baseball team picked up another series sweep after defeating Binghamton in a double header, 13-5 in game one and 7-3 in game two at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, March 26.
The Aggies take their record to 19-5 with the two wins and are now on an eight game winning streak after posting 20 runs on 24 hits, Saturday. NM State tallied five doubles and 15 walks on the day, while starting pitchers Ryan Beck and Riley Bevill each earned a win. Beck threw a complete game marking seven strikeouts in seven innings and Bevill got his first win as an Aggie, working 6 1/3 effective innings.

"Our guys had good at-bats today and we worked their pitchers the way we know how to," head coach Rocky Ward said. "It was a good day for the Aggies. We played good, solid defense and swung the bat well."

NM State took game one of the double-header 13-5 with sophomore left hand pitcher Ryan Beck going the distance and taking his record to 4-2 in seven appearances made this year. He finished the day with seven strikeouts while giving up only two walks on the day.

Junior leftfielder Tanner Waite led the Aggie offense going 4-of-4 at the dish with three RBI. Four different Aggies tallied a double in the game, while senior Chuck Howard marked his fourth sacrifice fly of the year, which is a team-high. Shortstop Tyler Forney came up with two sacrifice flies in the game and now has three in the series.

NM State took a 4-0 lead after three innings of play. One of the four runs came from junior Bryan Karraker after he reached base when a pitch hit him. Karraker ended the game with three runs scored, as he got on base with two walks and one hit-by-pitch. The Aggies as a team finished the game with eight walks compared to the Bearcats two.

After Binghamton pulled to within two runs in the fourth inning, NM State opened the lead in the bottom of the fifth scoring four runs with a two run RBI from Forney.

Binghamton scored two runs in the sixth on a home run, but NM State came back in the bottom of the inning posting five on the board including a two RBI double from senior centerfielder Wes Starkes. He finished the day 2-of-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.  The Bearcats added a run in the top of the seventh to end the game falling 13-5.

The Aggies won game two with effective pitching, good base running and a consistent offense winning 7-3 and coming to within one victory short of 20 on the season.

Bevill, a Boise, Idaho native, came into the day with 17 innings of work on the mound in eight appearances and finished the day with his first-career win at NM State. He is now 1-1 with 15 K's in 2011 and continues to drop his ERA. The Aggie pitching staff held Binghamton to only three runs with two of them earned.

Righty Gerry Renteria finished off the seventh inning the two batters he faced before junior right-hander Justin Cooper took the mound to strikeout three of the four batters he took on. Closer Scott Coffman did his job, retiring the side in the top of the ninth sitting down two of the three batters with strikeouts.

Shortstop Tyler Forney was one of the big factors in the game going 2-of-3 at the plate with a walk two stolen bases and two runs scored. The Bearcat pitchers had trouble with Forney all day and were unable to strike him out.

NM State got on the board first after Wes Starkes started the game off with a lead-off walk and Tanner Waite followed with a walk of his own. Junior Zach Voight singled to center field to bring in Starkes and advanced Waite to third. He scored when sophomore second baseman attempted to steal second.

After a scoreless second, both teams would score in the third making it a 3-1 ball game. NM State scored on an RBI double by sophomore catcher Zac Fisher but the Bearcats answered with a run of their own on a single to centerfield squeezing the Aggie lead to 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

The Aggies started the bottom of the inning with a single by Forney and a walk by Starkes before Voight brought them in with a single to left field. After Binghamton crossed the plate once in the eighth, Starkes gave NM State a four-run cushion with an RBI single to right field.

NM State takes on Northern Colorado in a four game series at Presley Askew Field starting April 1 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). Call 575-646-1420 for tickets.

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