Becher's 23rd Home Run Ignites Aggies

After a slow start by the Aggies, Billy Becher's nation leading 23rd home run of the season ignited the Aggies in route to a 14-5 victory as they evened the weekend series at 1-1. This was the Aggies 17th come from behind victory of the season.

The Aggies move to 30-11 on the season and 8-6 in conference play, as the Indians fall to 18-19 (8-5) on the year.

Arkansas State took the early lead in the top of third inning, as Blake Denischuk blasted a two run bomb to center field giving the Indians a 2-0 advantage in the third. The Aggies would fail to respond in the inning go down 1-2-3.

The Indians struck again in the top of the fourth as Monte Douglas singled to begin the inning and advanced on a ground out to first base by George Sterner. Justin Glenn then stepped to the plate and doubled down the right field line to score Douglas from third, giving ASU a 3-0 lead. Glenn then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Dustin Cameron. Brad Hayes then singled to right field to score Glenn from third, giving the Indians a 4-0 lead after three and half innings.

The Aggies threatened in the bottom of the fourth as Billy Becher hit a base hit up the middle and Beau Blacken walked to put runners at first and second. Keith Jenkins then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, allowing Becher to advance to third. Hal Bisnett then walked to put runners at the corners. A wild pitch by Karnie Vertz allowed Becher to score from third and Bisnett to advance to second. He would eventually advance to third after an error on the catcher. Back to back doubles by Ewen and Saunders pulled the Aggies to within one at 4-3. The inning ended on an Alex Borgo strike out but not before the Aggies climbed their way back into the game with three runs on three hits.

The Indians loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with one out but failed to capitalize as Chris Ewen gunned down an ASU runner at home plate after catching a pop fly in right field.

The Aggies took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Ditter led off the inning with a stand up double. Becher then stepped to the plate crushed a 0-2 pitch to right field for his nation leading 23rd home run of the season. The Aggies took a 5-4 after five.

ASU tied the ball game in the top of the sixth at 5-5. Josh Allison started things off with a single to right field and would eventually score on a sacrifice fly to center field by Matt Rogelstad. The Aggies answered in the bottom of the inning as Bisnett singled to start the inning. He then advanced to second on a bunt from Ewen. Saunders then singled to center field allowing Bisnett to score from second. The Aggies took a 6-5 advantage going into the seventh inning.

The Aggies added insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, including back to back home runs by Alex Borgo and Dustin Mote in the eighth. This was Borgo's 13th of the season and Mote's second. Then with two men on and two outs Tony Daubert tripled to right field and scored on an error by the center fielder. The Aggies held a 14-5 advantage after seven runs in the eighth inning.

Garretson put the Indians down in the ninth 1-2-3 to give NMSU their 30th win of the season and the Aggies third consecutive 30 win season, first time since 1988-90.

Rory Coppinger improved his record to 3-0 on the season after going 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three batters. Andrew Garretson went two full innings collecting his third save of the season. Vertz took the loss for the Indians going 5 and 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits and striking out three.

The Aggies will play the last game of the series with the Indians tomorrow April 20th beginning 1:00 p.m.


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