Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A monstrous night at the plate for New Mexico State baseball matched only by its superb pitching saw it record a school and Western Athletic Conference record 39 runs Friday night at Presley Askew Field in the series-opener against Mississippi Valley State.
Aggie (3-2) starter Kyle Bradish was nearly untouchable Friday night, tossing six scoreless innings and gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out a dozen Delta Devils (0-2) as he moved to 2-0 on the year. It was the second-straight start with 10-plus punch outs for the junior righty, who at one point struck out nine-straight batters.
While Bradish was dealing on the hill for NM State, the Aggie bats pounded MVSU pitchers early and often – including an 11-spot in the first inning alone. The Aggies were walked six times during that half-inning before Marcus Still registered their first hit of the game in the nine hole. NM State added another walk in the first and finished with seven of the 17 total drawn walks Friday night.
The runs kept coming for New Mexico State as tacked on 20 more runs from the second to the sixth inning – putting up three runs in each with the exception of the eight runs in the third frame.
Zach Hardy relieved Bradish in the seventh inning and continued the Aggie dominance on the mound, striking out one for a scoreless frame.
Wyatt Kelly, who came in to pitch for NM State in the eight, gave up lead-off single before striking out the side. The Aggie offense was not done at that point, and plated seven more runs in their half of the frame on five hits while stranding its 14th batter of the game before Kelly finished off the Delta Devils by striking out the lead-off batter in the ninth before inducing a game-ending double-play.
Freshman Noah Haupt had an outstanding night at the plate, going 6-of-7 on the night and scored six runs with 10 RBI – including a pair of homers. His six runs also tied the program’s record for mix runs in a single game. Haupt’s double in the eight also plated the record-breaking 38th and 39th run for New Mexico State when he ripped a double to left-center, scoring Brenden Williams and Logan Ehnes in his second at-bat of that inning.
Mason Fishback batted in five runs on two hits while scoring three from the plate as well. First baseman Caleb Henderson had a perfect night at the dish, going 4-for-4 and scored two with three RBI while Ehnes finished his night 4-of-7 with four runs and three RBI.
As a team, New Mexico State finished with 30 hits on the night - 10 of which were extra-base hits. The Aggies were also batting .556 from the plate while the pitching staff held MVSU to just five hits with a .172 batting average.
Aggie Head Coach Brian Green
On the record-breaking 39 runs tonight…
“I mean I don’t even know what to say. I mean that was as impressive of a performance I’ve ever been a part of. I mean were driving the ball at the middle of the field, opposite side all night. A lot of walks, low strikeouts, we don’t make an error and our pitching throws a shutout at Presley Askew. It was really impressive we scored in every inning. That was a complete effort it was just awesome. I don’t know what to say, it was great effort.”
On Kyle Bradish’s performance…
“KB, he’s really worked on slowing the game down and his tempo was great today. He’s still working slow and his tempo was great. I think he was up to 96 and his breaking stuff was really sharp. He had angle on the fastball but he’s a different guy. He’s really growing up. That was really, really impressive. He was ahead on just about every hitter all night.”
On freshman Noah Haupt’s performance…
“He’s a freshman. You know he hits, he hits and he hits. He did that in the fall, he did it in the spring. I said well, okay. Six hits, he’s spraying the ball all over the field. He’s hitting it where it’s pitched. Pretty impressive performance by a freshman tonight.”
Aggie baseball will play two on Saturday, Feb. 24, to wrap up the three-game series against MVSU. JUCO transfer Justin Dehn will get the ball in the first game of the double-header while Johnathan Groff takes the hill for NM State in the second game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. (MT) and 5:05 p.m., respectively, or within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the first game.