NMSU Baseball hammers Towson


For the second game in a row, junior Daniel Johnson led the way for the Aggies with three-for-three day, including two home runs and five RBI. Juniors Austin Botello and L.J. Hatch also played large roles in the 17-3 win over Towson, with three RBI a piece.

The Aggies got on the board in the first inning as junior Trey Stine doubled to right-center field, and was brought in on the next play as junior Jaron Balman singled to left-center making the score 1-0.

NM State continued the offensive production in the second inning as both freshman Jason Bush and junior Brent Sakurai both singled back-to-back. Daniel Johnson brought both home with a three-run blast to right field, his first homer of the day.

After pitching three shutout innings, Towson began to get to junior Marcel Renteria. Renteria loaded the bases to start the top half of the fourth with a base hit, hit-by-pitch and throwing error. A RBI single plated the first run of the day for the Tigers. A chopper back to the mound saved one run as the runner from third was out the plate, and resulted in a double play with the batter out a first. Renteria walked the next batter to refill the bases, and two RBI single to right brought home two more runs, with the runner from first gunned down going from third to end the inning.

Clinging to a 4-3 lead, the Aggies looked to add some insurance runs in the home half of the fourth. Things didn’t look good as NM State got two quick outs as senior Joseph Koerper grounded to third and junior Tommy Bell flied to center. It all turned around rapidly as back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bags for the Aggies. L.J. Hatch busted the inning wide open as he cleared the bases with a three-run RBI double to the wall, plating Sakurai, Bush and Johnson. Junior Trey Stine continued the hit parade with a RBI double of his own down the left field line, scoring Hatch. Austin Botello got a piece of the action with a two-RBI double to the right-center wall, plating Stine and Jaron Balman. The offensive fire power continued as both Koerper and Bell hit back-to-back bombs to straight-away center field. In total, the Aggies tallied nine runs in the frame, pushing the score to 13-3.

NM State’s offensive showing wasn’t quite finished as in the home half of the eighth inning Johnson decided to go yard again, this time for two runs. The Aggies put up two more runs in the frame, as both Botello and senior Cameron Haskins drove in a run a piece with RBI singles.

NM State will look for the series sweep against Towson on Sunday, as junior Dalton Shalberg gets the start in a 1 p.m. first pitch.

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