LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico State baseball team came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat San Jose State, 8-5 at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 5. The Aggies are now 27-21 this year and 12-9 in Western Athletic Conference play.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning but SJSU scored another in the second and two more in the third to take a 4-1 lead. An RBI single by junior Tanner Rust cut the Spartan lead in half at 4-2 after three innings of play. SJSU tallied another run in the top of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.
Senior right-hand pitcher Casey Collins entered the game in the fifth inning to slow down the Spartans. He worked 3.0 innings and did not allow a run to cross the plate while striking out two batters. He earned the win on the afternoon and is now 5-4 on the year.
Senior Evan Mott worked the final two innings of the game to tally save No. 3 of the season as he faced nine batters without giving up a run. The two pitchers combined for four K’s and two walks while holding SJSU scoreless.
The big offensive inning of the game came in the bottom of the sixth with the Aggies scored six runs on six hits. The inning started with a lead-off walk by junior Michael Paulson, who came into the game for Taylor Noyer at first base. After a Kent Blackstone sacrifice bunt moved Paulson to second, NM Stated hit five consecutive singles with RBI’s from Rust, senior Parker Hipp and senior Bobby Lecount.
Rust finished the afternoon going 3-of-5 at the dish with four RBI with right fielder Michael Medina and left fielder Quinnton Mack also posting a multiple-hit day. Mack also marked hit 17 stolen base of the season when he stole second in the top of the first to move into scoring position.
This marks the first time this season that the Aggie are three games above .500 in WAC play and the sweep over SJSU is the second sweep of a WAC team this season and the first sweep of a WAC team at home in 2013.
The Aggies head to San Antonio, Texas to face UTSA in a three-game series starting, Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m.