Aggies baseball pick up third win of year over Lobos, 7-5

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LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie baseball team extended its winning streak to 14-games after defeating intrastate New Mexico 7-5 at Presley Askew Field Tuesday.
It’s the third time this season NMSU has defeated the Lobos and the fifth-straight victory over UNM dating back to the 2010 season.
The Aggies are now 23-8 on the season while UNM slipped to 12-15.
NMSU starting pitcher Adam Mott remained undefeated, improving to 4-0, as he worked six innings, striking out four batters.  Closer Scott Coffman earned his sixth save, going  two innings and striking out two batters without allowing a Lobo to get on board.
“I’ve been lucky enough to do this for the past couple of seasons, so I understand what I have to do now,” Coffman said.  “It was a total team effort and I have to give credit to everyone on the team.”
For the Lobos, Alexis Garza (2-2) took the loss. Garza lasted just three innings, giving up three earned runs and six hits.
In all, the Lobos used four pitchers in the contest.
The Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play. Designated hitter Tanner Rust and second baseman Parker Hipp batted in runs in the second inning for the Aggies.
UNM got on the board in the top of the fourth on a single to center field, but the Aggies answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a solo home run by catcher Zac Fisher.
Fisher finished the night going 3-of-4 at the dish with a walk and a run scored. Lobo left fielder John Pustay went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
While the two teams banged out a combined 23 hits Tuesday, both had trouble cashing in their chances. The Lobos stranded eight runners and the Aggies left 14 runners on base.
The Aggies open Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game series against Nevada starting Thursday in Las Cruces.
The Lobos will face Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend.