Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (31-14, 6-7 WAC) defeated Sacramento State (15-32, 2-11 WAC) 8-7 on a Paker Hipp walk-off double in the series opener at Presley Askew Field, Friday, May 6.
The game was tied 7-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth when the sophomore second baseman belted a double to the centerfield wall that brought in the winning run. Senior centerfielder Wes Starkes led off the ninth with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Tyler Forney.
"It was our first walk-off of the year and it feels good to get in on a Friday night," head coach Rocky Ward said. "I didn't want to bring in [Scott] Coffman when we were down like that, but he did what he has done all year and picked up the win."
Junior reliever Scott Coffman entered the game with one out in the seventh and earned his third victory of the season. He worked 2.2 innings and stuck out four of the 12 batters he faced while giving up just one walk. He is now 3-0 on the year with a 0.56 ERA and 29 strikeouts. Starting pitcher Dan Reid worked six innings and struck out five batters with no-decision.
The game seemed to be a pitcher's dual before NM State posted six runs in the bottom of the third as the Aggies sent ten players to the plate. Forney was the first to score and was followed by five straight Aggies to take a 6-0 lead.
The Hornets scored five runs in the top of the fourth and added another in the fifth to tie it up at six all. After Sacramento State posted a run in the top of the seventh, the Aggies responded with a run on a sacrifice fly by junior Tanner Waite, who is hitting .417 on the season.
NM State continues the four-game series with a doubleheader against the Hornets at 3:00 p.m. (MT), Saturday, May 7.