Aggies on a roll

Billy Becher broke the New Mexico State single season home run record as the New Mexico State Aggies took the season series from the New Mexico Lobos with a 16-14 victory at Lobo Field.

The win improved the Aggies to 32-11 while the Lobos fell to 27-18. The win gave the Aggies a 3-2 season series victory.

The game pitted two of the top scoring teams in the country and throw in a 30 mile an hour breeze blowing straight out to center field and a high scoring game was in order.

Things got off to a quick start in the first inning. The Aggies scored three runs in the top of the first on a two run home run by Brad Ditter and a solo shot by Brandon Saunders.

The Lobos responded with a three run home run off the bat from Chris Alexander. It was Alexander's 21st home run of the season.

That was just a sign of things to come. By the end of five innings the score was 15-12. By then the Aggies had hit five home runs including the school record breaking 26th of the season for Becher. His two run home run in the top of the fifth made the score 15-12. It also extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

The old record was 25 set by Joe Williams in 1990. Becher now has 94 runs batted in, just two short of the school record of 96 set last year by Ryan Kenning.

Although the conditions didn't change, both pitching staffs settled down as neither the Aggies or Lobos scored in the sixth or seventh innings.

The Lobos scored one in the seventh to close the gap to 15-13, but the Aggies added an important insurance run in the ninth.

Brad Ditter doubled to leadoff the inning and scored on a pinch-hit single by Ryan Liermann.

New Mexico responded by putting runners on first and third with one out. Joe Salas then hit a ball in the hole on the second base side, but Ditter made a diving play and threw Salas out by a step. A run scored on the play to cut the lead to 16-14. Aggie reliever A.J. Jacquez then struck out Josh Jezek to end the game.

J.T. Severe worked five innings to earn the win and improve his record to 4-1. Jacquez pitched the final three innings, allowing only two runs on four hits.

Ditter finished the day four for five with four rbi and Dustin Mote had three hits. Five Aggies had home runs on the day. Ditter, Keller, Bisnett and Mote hit long balls along with Ditter.

The Aggies travel to Miami, Florida this weekend to take on the Florida International in a Sun Belt Conference series


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