LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Five home runs in one day.
Nick Gonzales put on a show Saturday afternoon at Presley Askew Field, clobbering five round-trippers in NM State’s doubleheader sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne.
The junior infielder hit two dingers in game one’s 19-5 triumph before cranking three, including an inside-the-park grand slam, in the 14-5 nightcap victory.
The Aggies improve to 11-1 overall with today’s two wins. It is only the second time in program history that NM State has won 11 of its 12 first contests, previously doing so in 2009 under head coach Rocky Ward.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Mastodons opened up an early 4-1 lead, but momentum quickly shifted after a seven-run second inning by the Aggies.
Ahead 8-4, junior righty Lyle Hibbitts pitched a scoreless third before turning the game over to the bullpen. Senior Aldo Fernandez and redshirt junior Frank Dickson Jr. each worked three innings of relief and combined for seven strikeouts.
NM State’s offense did not stop at eight runs. Two in the fourth, three in fifth and six across the sixth and seventh innings broke the ballgame wide open, as the Aggies…