Aggies Take Game One Of Doubleheader 20-12; Game Two Suspended Due To Darkness

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team took game one of the doubleheader 20-12 against Houston Baptist at Husky Field, Friday, April 2. Game two was suspended due to darkness and will resume play at 9:00 a.m. (MT), Saturday, April 3 with the Aggies leading 8-3 heading into the seventh inning.

With the win, NM State takes its win streak to nine. The streak started March 20 in the second game of a doubleheader against UC-Santa Barbara.

Seniors Nate Shaver and Leo Aguirre led the way to the 20-12 victory with nine hits and eight RBI combined. Shaver was 4-of-5 in the game with four RBI and four runs scored and Aguirre was 5-for-6 with three doubles, four RBI and two runs scored.

Junior starting pitcher Dan Reid takes his record to 4-3 on the season going 6.0 innings on the mound, striking out six of the 33 batters he faced. He continued to throw consistently giving up only one walk in the game.

NM State jumped all over the first two HBU pitchers. Those two pitchers gave up 13 runs in 1.2 innings. They also walked three patient Aggie batters that proved to be costly.

In the top of the second inning, junior shortstop Ryan Aguayo blasted his ninth home run to give his team a 7-1 lead. NM State scored six more times in the inning going up 13-1. After four batters came to the plate and no one scored in the top of the third, centerfielder Wes Starkes reached base safely on an error by the Husky shortstop. Lead-off hitter, Nate Shaver followed that with a home run to left field for two RBI.

Senior Chace Perkins hit a monster home run to start the fifth inning taking his total to 10 on the year. He is the third Aggie to put up 10 or more home runs this season. Another run crossed the plate on an RBI single by Shaver taking the Aggie lead to 17-6.

NM State didn't score in the sixth going three-up-three-down and the Huskies added a run to the board pulling to within 10. The Aggies put up three runs on four hits including a two-RBI double down the right field line by Aguirre to go up 20-8. The defense seemed to let up a bit in the bottom of the seventh with four runs given up to the Huskies to make it a 20-12 final.

The Aggies wrap up the four-game series at Husky Field, Saturday, April 3 with today's game resuming at 9:00 a.m. (MT) and the final game starting immediately after. Live stats are unavailable but HBU provides a free radio stream online at the official Husky website. Updates are also available on Facebook and Twitter under NMSUNEWS.