The New Mexico State baseball team picked up a 9-5 victory over San Jose State in the series opener on Friday night at Presley Askew Field.
The Aggies trailed 2-1 heading into the 6th inning but a five run outburst in the fifth inning put the Aggies up 6-2 and they would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the game. The Aggies got a solid outing from sophomore Ryan Beck who pitched 7.0 innings allowing xx runs on xx hits. xx different Aggies posted three hit days for the Aggies.
San Jose State got on the board first in the top of the second as Nick Borg would deliver a two-out RBI single scoring Tim Quiery who led off the inning reaching base getting hit by a pitch.
The Spartans would add to their lead in the top of the fourth as Tyler Christian led off the inning with a double. After being moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Lopez, Michael DiRocco would drop down a bunt as the Spartans put on a squeeze play. Christian would beat the throw home from Aggie pitcher Ryan Beck who fielded the bunt.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth the Aggies would get the leadoff batter on as Tyler Forney was hit by a pitch. After a Wes Starkes walk put runners on first and second, Kurt Snowley would reach on a fielder's choice as he bunted to move the runners. The Spartans would put Starkes out at second and with runners at first and third, Zach Voight would hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Forney and cut the Aggie deficit to 2-1.
Beck would work around a two-out single to keep the Aggies' trailing 2-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth and the Aggie offense would come alive. The Aggies would get a leadoff walk from Tanner Waite. Chuck Howard would sacrifice Waite to second and Tyler Owens would double to right center to score Waite tying the game at 2-2. Bryan Karraker would draw a walk and Tyler Forney would single to load the bases. Wes Starkes would deliver a two RBI single to left scoring Owens and Karraker to give the Aggies their first lead of the game 4-2. Kurt Snowley would single to right field scoring Tyler Forney from second. Zach Voight would single down the right field line to score Starkes from third giving the Aggies a 6-2 lead. Ryan Aguayo, the ninth batter of the inning would ground into a double play to end the Aggie scoring run.
The Spartans would cut into the Aggies' lead in the seventh inning as they would score a run with two outs on a sacrifice fly by Tim Quiery scoring Jacob Valdez who led off the inning with a single. The run would cut the Aggies' lead to 6-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
The Aggies would answer the Spartans' run with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh inning after putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Tyler Forney would deliver a two out single through the left side to score Chuck Howard from third to give the Aggies a 7-3 lead.
The Spartans would cut the Aggies' lead to 7-5 with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth getting a single from Jason Martin off of Randy Montoya who had been brought in to replace starter Ryan Beck after Beck led off the inning hitting Matt Lopez. Danny Stienstra would get a sacrifice fly off of Aggie closer Scott Coffman who had come in to replace Randy Montoya after the single from Martin.
The Aggies would answer again in the bottom of the eighth inning as Tanner Waite would deliver a one out double to score Kurt Snowley who had led off the inning with a single to center field. Chuck Howard would get a sacrifice fly on a long fly ball out to right field to score Ryan Aguayo who reached base drawing a walk to give the Aggies a 9-5 lead.
Scott Coffman would come out in the top of the ninth inning and after giving up a leadoff walk to Tim Quiery, he would record the first out on a fielder's choice as Quiery was put out at second. Nick Schultz would pinch hit for Andrew Rodriguez and would reach on an error by the Aggies. With runners at first and second, Coffman would get Matt Carroll to pop out to first baseman Ryan Aguayo and Nick Borg would fly out to center field to end the game.
Ryan Beck picked up the victory throwing 7.0 innings giving up four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and a pair of walks. Randy Montoya would pitch a third of an inning giving up a hit and a run and Scott Coffman would finish the game throwing an inning and two thirds allowing no runs, no hits and giving up one walk.
Roberto Padilla took the loss for SJSU as he pitched 6.0 innings allowing six runs on eight hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts.