Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team split its double header against the Nevada Wolf Pack by dropping the first game 17-2 and bouncing back with a 17-7 win in game two, Saturday, April 10, at Presley Askew Field.
NM State is now 24-11 on the season and 2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. With the split, Nevada moves to 1-2 in the conference, 16-13 overall.
Game One Recap
The Aggies dropped game one of the double header to the Wolf Pack 17-2. Nevada jumped to a 2-1 lead after 1 1/2 innings of play. The Aggies managed just four hits and two runs against the Wolf Pack in the game.
A scoreless second inning for NM State gave some momentum to the Wolf Pack as they crossed the plate in each of the next five innings. Junior Chase Perkins (Sparks, Nev.) led the Aggies at the plate as he earned one of the two runs on the Aggie scoreboard. Senior Mike Sodders (Moreno Valley, Calif.) finished the game going 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI. He also hit a solo homerun to bring his season total to 14.
Starting pitcher Thomas Brendal (Glendale, Ariz.) struggled through 3.2 innings for the Aggies and gave up eight runs. Daniel Reyes (West Covina, Calif.) stepped onto the mound for 2.1 innings, giving up nine runs on five hits and striking out four batters. Brendal tallied his second loss of the season in a total of nine appearances, as he sits 2-2 on the season.
Nevada picked up four runs in the fourth and the seventh innings. Starting pitcher Brock Stassi threw seven complete innings for Nevada striking out seven Aggies.
The Wolf Pack out hit NM State 14-to-4 and scored runs in each of the seven innings and at least two in the last five. It was the lowest hitting total for the Aggies this season.
Game Two Recap
The Aggies came back onto Presley Askew Field for game two of the double header where each team earned one run in the first inning. Nate Shaver (The Dalles, Ore.) brought in the first run for NM State off of a base hit from Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas).
Neither team would score in the second inning. The Wolf Pack scored three runs off of starting pitcher Dan Reid (Nasonworth, New Brunswick) in the third. Reid worked three innings for the Aggies where he struck out three and walked two on the hill before the pitching change was made to utility player Jared Jordan (Moreno Calif.) at the top of the fourth.
NM State picked up three runs in the third to match Nevada. Sodders picked up his second solo bomb of the day to bring his season total to 15. He went 4-for-4 in game two with three RBI. This gives Sodders a season total 44 RBI. The Aggies loaded the bases and Parker Hipp got on base with a walk to bring in another Aggie run.
Jordan would get the win for the Aggies on the mound, taking his record to 2-1 after pitching four complete innings and allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out four batters.
At the plate, the Aggies were scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, but did not allow the Wolf Pack to round the bases again until the eighth.
Zac Fisher (Fontana, Calif.) earned his third homerun of the season in the seventh to give the Aggies a 6-5 edge over Nevada. The momentum continued as the Aggies scored six more runs in the seventh, two by walks and two more off a grounder by Perkins.
Coming out of the seventh, NM State brought in senior Steven Anderson (Markham, Ontario) to take over on the mound. Two runs got by in the eighth as Nevada hit a two-run homerun off Anderson, pulling the score to 12-7 NM State.
NM State wrapped up game three of the series with Shaver scoring his fourth run of the game followed by a walk by Perkins to bring in another Aggie runner. Fisher brought in his third RBI of the game with a shot back to left-center that brought in two more runs for NM State. Wesley Stakes (Athens, Texas) sealed the win for the Aggie baseball team when he brought in two more runners to end the game on a 10-run rule in eight innings.
The series finale between NM State and Nevada is set for 12:05 p.m., Sunday, April 11.