The New Mexico State baseball team got a second consecutive wire-to-wire victory behind a second consecutive strong outing from their starting pitching as Adam Mott went seven and a third innings scattering six hits while walking five and striking out five but giving up just one run.
The Aggies struck early again putting up two runs as Tanner Waite doubled and was brought home by a Parker Hipp single. Zac Fisher singled allowing Hipp to advance to third where he would score on a sacrifice fly from Tanner Rust.
Mott would give up a leadoff double followed by a single in the bottom of the second as San Jose State cut the Aggies' lead in half. Mott would battle through the third, fourth and fifth innings as the Spartans advanced a baserunner to second in the third and fourth and then had runners on first and second in the fifth as a Spartan would reach base on a wild pitch strikeout and a walk. Mott would retire the next two batters to get out of the jam and then cruised through the sixth and seventh working easy one-two-three innings.
The Aggies padded their lead in the top of the fifth as Kyle Phillips would hit a 1-out single, part of a 3-for-4 day and come around to score on a 2-out single from Tanner Waite giving the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
Mott would retire his ninth batter in a row to start the eighth but a hit batsmen on an 0-2 pitch would give way to a pair of singles loading the bases with one out. The Aggies would summon freshman right-hander Robert Kraft would would induce a 6-4-3 double play on an 0-2 pitch to get the Aggies out of the jam unscathed.
The Aggies would then load the bases in the top of the ninth and push across an insurance run on a Parker Hipp walk to make the score 4-1.
The Aggies would bring in closer Scott Coffman but the senior would struggle through the first three batters allowing a single, a walk and a hit batter loading the bases with nobody out. The Spartans would score on a sacrifice fly to cut the Aggies' lead to 4-2 but Coffman would get a pop up to first baseman Tanner Rust who would make the catch in foul ground in front of the Aggie dugout for the second out and then recorded strikeout to end the game.
Coffman picked up his eighth save of the season as the Aggies picked up victory number 34. New Mexico State's victory keeps them in the hunt for a regular season title as they look for help from Hawai'i on Saturday night. A Warrior victory over Nevada in the series finale in Honolulu would give the Aggies a shot at a regular season co-championship with a win on Sunday.
The Aggies and Spartans will take the field for a 2:00 p.m. (MDT) first pitch on Sunday.