Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Aggies made it two straight, picking up where they left off on Tuesday by defeating Texas-Pan American 17-7 in eight innings on Friday night at Presley Askew Field.
After scoring 22 in a midweek non-conference game against in-state rival New Mexico earlier this week, the Aggies (10-34-1, 6-15-1 WAC) followed with 17 runs on 20 hits including four home runs. The final home run off the bat of left fielder Daniel Johnson ended the game after NM State in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson joined catcher Brent Hermanussen, third baseman Derek Umphres and centerfielder Jay Sheely in the long-ball fun helping their team to its 10th win of the season.
The Broncs (18-28-1, 3-18-1 WAC) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second before Sheely’s 2-run blast in the bottom of the inning tied things up at two.
UTPA scored three runs on three hits and two Aggie errors in the top of the third only to have the NM State offense respond in the bottom of the inning. The Aggies took an 8-5 lead by scoring six runs on five hits including a grand slam from Hermanussen after the top of the lineup came through with two walks and a single to lead the bases.
The Aggie bats came to life again in the fifth with four consecutive hits to start the inning as NM State scored four runs on five hits with Johnson picking up two of his four RBI on a double.
Johnson finished with a season-high in RBI going 3-of-5 at the plate with one walk and three runs scored.
UTPA pulled within five with a pair of runs in the top of the six, although starting pitcher Riley Barr was able to hold off the Broncs by giving up only four earned runs. Barr struck out six batters in 6.0 innings of work, including four strikeouts with the Broncs standing there looking.
Right hand reliever Trey Gonzales closed out the game for the Aggies working 2.0 innings retiring all six batters he faced. He ended the UTPA offensive hopes when he struck out the last Bronc batter looking.
Six different Aggies had multiple-hit games and five Aggies had a multiple RBI game. Hermanussen picked up four RBI going 1-of-2 with three walks and three runs scored. He continues to improve his batting average and is currently hitting .299 on the season with a team-high five home runs on the season. Shortstop Dan Kennon helped the cause going 4-of-5 with three runs scored on Friday night.
The Aggies face UTPA in game two of the three game league series at 6 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field on Saturday. Fans can bring any 2015 graduation program receive a ticket for just $1. Hot dogs will also be sold for just one dollar on Saturday night. For ticket information call 575-646-1420.