Playing a doubleheader in Sacramento after getting rained out on Friday, the New Mexico State baseball team took both games of a doubleheader against Sacramento State to improve to 27-9 overall and 4-1 in WAC play. The Aggies cruised to a 16-4 victory in game one and followed it up with a 6-1 victory in game two scoring all six runs in the top of the first inning.
Offense ruled game one. After a scoreless first two innings the Aggie offense tagged WAC Pitcher of the Week Brennan Leitao for two runs in the top of the third and two more in the top of the fourth. After giving up two runs in the top of the fifth, Leitao was replaced as the Aggies would go on to score five more times taking an 11-0 lead. The Hornets would answer scoring four times off of starter Ryan Beck to trim the Aggies' lead to 11-4, however, the Aggies would come back in the sixth and score five more runs highlighted by a grand slam from Zach Voight who finished the first game of the doubleheader with seven runs batted in while going 4-for-5.
Evan Mott replaced Beck to start the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings to give the Aggies the 16-4 run-rule victory.
The second game started with a bang for the Aggie offense as they plated six runs while sending 11 batters to the plate. The Aggies got RBIs from Parker Hipp, Zac Fisher, Kyle Phillips, Patrick McNeel and Tanner Waite.
Adam Mott and the Aggie defense would shut down the Hornet offense getting inning-ending double plays in the first, second and fifth inning as Mott faced the minimum number of batters through five innings. Mott would work around a two-out walk in the sixth but the Hornets would finally score in the seventh putting runners on first and second with one out before getting an RBI single from Clay Cederquist to cut the Aggies' lead to 6-1.
The Aggies would put the first two runners aboard in the eighth but were unable to execute a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third and would eventually strand runners at first and second.
Tyler Mack came in to pitch the eighth relieving Mott and would work around a pair of walks to send the game to the final inning. Scott Coffman pitched the ninth inning giving up a two-out walk but striking out two of the four batters he faced
The Aggies and Hornets will take the field on Sunday to wrap up the three-game conference series as the Aggies look for the conference sweep.