Aggies Hold on for 15-13 Victory

The New Mexico State Aggies (31-11, 9-6) moved into second place in the Sun Belt standings Sunday, defeating the Arkansas State Indians (18-20, 8-6) 15-13 at Presley Askew Field.

Billy Becher led the Aggies at the plate, going two-for-five with two home runs, three rbi and two runs scored. Becher's two home runs tied him for the single-season record with 25 home runs and he set a new single-season record for total bases with 175.

"It's nice to tie the school record, but I was just happy to get the win," Becher said. "I just went up to the plate knowing we need some more runs because this team just kept fighting back."

The Aggies held leads of 6-0 and 10-3 before allowing the Indians to tie the game at 10-10 in the top of the seventh.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second when the first three Aggies reached. Matt Keller singled to score Keith Jenkins and Alex Borgo singled to score Chris Ewen and Hal Bisnett. Brad Ditter later drove in Keller, and Borgo and Dustin Mote scored on two wild pitches.

The Indians scored two runs in the top of the third to cut the lead to 6-2 before Borgo singled in Ewen in the bottom half of the inning to give the Aggies a 7-2 lead.

After the Indians scored one run in the top of the fourth, Becher belted his first home run to counter ASU's run, giving the Aggies an 8-3 lead.

The Aggies took a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Borgo doubled and Mote singled in one run each.

Aggie start Christian Jackson and the Aggie bullpen would allow seven runs, four in the top of the six and three in the top of the seventh, allowing the Indians to tie the game at 10-10.

The Aggies would rally in the bottom of the seventh when Ditter would drive in two with a single to center and Becher drove in two with his second home run of the game to give the Aggies a 14-10 lead. Bisnett added one in the bottom of the eighth to cushion the Aggie lead at 15-10.

The Indians added two runs in the top of the eighth and one in the top of the ninth, but would fall short.

Andrew Garretson (7-1) earned the win, allowing six runs on eight hits and struck out two. Garretson had not given up a home run in 41.2 inning pitched this season until giving up two in the top of the seventh and one in the top of the eighth.

The Aggies will next travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to play one game with the New Mexico Lobos before traveling to Miami, Florida, to play a three game set with the Florida International University Golden Panthers.


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