Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES. N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team won both games of a double header on Sunday, taking the first 12-6 and the second 14-4 over Kent State. The Aggies improve to 11-8 on the season while the Golden Flashes fall to 7-6 on the year.
NM State is now 5-1 in double headers this season.
Zach Fisher led NM State with five hits on the day, including a team-high seven RBI. Bryan Karraker had five hits as well, including four runs and three RBI. Robert Lecount collected a team-high 11 total bases in the two games.
Bryan Karraker led the Aggies with three hits, two runs and two RBI in game one. Parker Hipp, Tanner Rust, Ethan Chavez and Zach Voight each collected two hits in the game. Michael Ormseth took the win for NM State, improving to 5-0 on the season after going six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
Kent State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Aggies in the top of the second. The Golden Flashes recorded three straight hits to start the inning, including a double that scored the two runs. The Aggies threatened in the bottom on the inning but left two runners on base.
Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the third with a double to right center by Karraker, scoring Waite who walked to start the inning. Karraker then advanced to third on an error by the second baseman. He then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2.
NM State took the lead at 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Hipp led of the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single to left. Fisher then connected on a base hit to score Hipp. Voight then scored on a single by Lecount to give NM State a 4-2. Rust then singled to load the bases. Snowley came in to pinch hit for Lyon and was hit by a pitch to advance Fisher home to give the Aggies a 5-2 lead with just one out and the bases still loaded. NM State scored one more run on a sac fly to push its lead to 6-2 after five complete innings.
Kent State cut into the Aggies’ led with one run in the top of the sixth, making it 6-3. The Aggies scored no runs in the bottom of the inning as the score remained 6-3 after six.
The Golden Flashes loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh. Ross came on in relief of Ormseth, who pitched six and two-third innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two strike outs. Ross then forced a grounder to second for the 4-3 final out of the inning as the Aggies continued to lead 6-3 at the seventh inning stretch.
Rust extended the Aggies’ lead to 7-3 after reach all the way to third on an error by pitcher. Chavez then hit a single to left to score Rust. Chavez then stole second and scored on a Karraker single to center, making it 8-3. The Aggies continued to pour it on scoring three more runs to push the lead to 11-3 after seven complete innings.
The Aggies added a single run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 12-3. Kent State added three runs in the top of the ninth but it was too little too late, as NM State took the first of two, 12-6.
Robert Lecount led NM State is game two with his fourth and fifth homeruns of the season. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and five RBI. Fisher recorded three runs on four hits and six RBI. Lecount and fisher accounted for 11 of the Aggies 14 RBI in game two.
Adam Mott got the win for NM State, going six strong innings, allowing just three runs on six hits, while striking out six batters. Adam Mott is now 2-0 on the season.
NM State jumped out to an early lead on Kent State in the bottom of the first inning with four runs. The four run inning was highlighted by Fisher’s two run shot to right center. It was Fisher’s second of the season. Kent State answered with two in the top of the second to cut the Aggie lead to 4-2.
With two out in the bottom of the second Karraker singled to center, followed by a Hipp single to right, advancing Karraker. Hipp then stole second to put runners on second and third. Fisher then singled to score Karraker and Hipp to give NM State a 6-2 lead.
The Golden Flashes added a run in the top of third to make it 6-3. The Aggies couldn’t manage a run in the inning but let their defense do the talking in the top of the fourth, striking out two batters at Kent State went down 1-2-3.
The Aggies’ bottom of the inning saw five runs on six hits, as NM State took an 11-3 lead. Waite started the inning with a single to left, followed by a single to right by Hipp. Fisher then cracked a double to score Waite and Hipp. Edwards then singled to center, scoring Fisher from second to give the Aggies a 9-3 lead. Lecount then hit a two out homerun to left center to push the Aggies’ lead to 11-3, scoring Edwards from first base. Rust then double to center but was advanced no further, as NM State held an 11-3 lead after four complete innings.
Kent State threatened in the top of the fifth loading the bases with one out but a strike out by Adam Mott and a forced fly out to right got the Aggies out of the jam, still leading 11-3. Kent State went down in order in the top of the sixth. Lecount then stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the inning and smacked his second homerun of the game to give NM State a 12-3 lead.
Evan Mott came in to pitch the seventh inning for his brother Adam Mott, who pitched six solid innings for NM State. Adam Mott allowed three runs on six hits and six strike outs. Kent State added one run in the top of the seventh but the Aggies continued to lead by eight runs, 12-4.
Lecount stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and crushed a double to left field, scoring both runners to end the game at 14-4.