LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State center fielder Daniel Johnson went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, and 4 RBIs to lead the Aggies to a 6-2 win over Sacramento State on Saturday in Las Cruces.
Freshman Kyle Bradish allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings for New Mexico State (24-18, 12-5 WAC), which moved into a tie with Sacramento State (25-17, 12-5 WAC) for second place in the WAC standings.
Freshman Matt Smith had his second 2-hit game in as many days for the Hornets. Junior Gunner Pollman was 2-for-4 and sophomore Vinny Esposito launched his second home run of the season to lead the Hornets offensively.
The Hornets took the early lead on Saturday, as sophomore Bronson Grubbs had a leadoff single to begin the game and came in to score on an RBI single from sophomore Andrew McWilliam. Johnson, who also had four hits, including a home run, and three RBIs on Friday, got the Aggies on the board in the third inning as he hit a 2-run homer to right following a leadoff double off the bat of Brent Sakurai.
New Mexico State scored a third run in the third inning on an RBI double from Dan Hetzel. Esposito made it a 3-2 game in the fourth inning with a two-out solo home run to left. The home team got the run back on a Johnson RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on two runs in the sixth inning on a Mason Fishback solo home run and another RBI double by Johnson.
Sacramento State had runners on base in each of the final three innings but couldn't string them together. Three New Mexico State relievers pitched scoreless innings while sophomore Jonny Palsha tossed two scoreless frames in relief with two strikeouts.
The Aggies outhit the Hornets 14-8 but committed three errors. Sacramento State tallied two stolen bases and Pollman gunned down Johnson in NMSU's only stolen base attempt of the game.
The series concludes on Sunday at 11 a.m. Pacific time.