Aggie Baseball Routs Chicago State In WAC Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies burst into WAC play with an offensive explosion against Chicago State, winning 17-5 in seven innings. The 17 runs ties a season high set on Feb. 20 against Towson, in which the Aggies won 17-3. The 19 hits set a new season high surpassing the 17 hits in the same game against Towson.

Chicago State started the game swinging a hot bat, as they jumped on the scoreboard early with a two-run blast to right center in the top half of the first.

However, the Aggies were feeling it at the plate as L.J. Hatch led off the home half with a single to center field. Daniel Johnson followed that up with a double to left center. Dan Hetzel hit a double of his own to left, scoring Hatch. Following suit, Austin Botello hit a two-RBI double to right, scoring both Johnson and Hetzel. Trey Stine joined the hit party with his own RBI double, scoring Botello. Mason Fishback hit a RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Stine. All told, the Aggies scored five runs on six hits, including four doubles.

The Cougars managed to get a run across in the second, as a runern was walked in with the bases loaded.

In the bottom half, NM State continued the offensive barrage as Hatch once again led off with a single, this time to center field. Dan Hetzel got his own single up the middle, moving Hatch to third. During the next at-bat, Hatch scored on a wild pitch, with Hetzel moving to second. Austin Botello walked on a 3-1 pitch to put runners at first and second with one out. Joseph Koerper came through with a RBI single to center, scoring Hetzel. During the next at-bat, Botello moved to third and Koerper moved up to second on a wild pitch. Trey Stine cleared the bases with a triple to right, scoring both Botello and Koerper. Greg Popylisen hit a little blooper over the second baseman’s head, but was thrown out at second as the second baseman was able to field the ball. However, Stine was able to score on the play. Again, the Aggies put up five runs in the inning, pushing the score to 10-3.

The Aggie bats weren’t quite ready to go silent in the fourth as Austin Botello doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning. Joseph Koerper singled on a little nubber between first and second, moving Botello to third. Trey Stine singled to left, scoring Botello. Greg Popylisen beat out a bunt to the right of the pitcher’s mound to load the bases with no outs. Mason Fishback drove in both Botello and Koerper with a single to right center. Brent Sakurai hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Popylisen but forcing out Fishback at second. After four innings, the score set at 14-3.

Having already scored 14 runs, the Aggies weren’t done yet as L.J. Hatch walked on four pitches to lead off the sixth. Daniel Johnson brought him home with a triple to right center. Dan Hetzel scored Johnson with a sac fly to center. Both Austin Botello and Joseph Koerper walked, putting runners at first and second with one out. Trey Stine, who finished with five RBI tying the season high in a single game, drove in Botello.

Chicago State attempted to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh scoring two runs, but the deficit was too large. The Aggies clinched the victory 17-5.

The two teams are back at it again tomorrow at 6 p.m.