Jory Goldstrom had them dancing in Las Cruces on Monday night.
The All-Nebraska player from Omaha Westside hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give New Mexico State a 7-6 win over Texas Tech.
The Aggies rushed the field after his single to right field scored the winning run, dancing for joy.
“It was a big team win for us going into our conference series,'' Goldstrom said. “I think that win is going to help turn things around for us. We've got some momentum now, beating Texas Tech like that.''
The Aggies, 14-12 and 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference, play a three-game series at Cal State-Bakersfield starting on Thursday night.
Goldstrom helped Westside win a state title before graduating in 2009. He played two years at Hutchinson Community College and then redshirted at Nebraska last season after not making the 35-man roster.
Pitching coach Mike Evans, the former longtime leader of the baseball program at Bellevue University, then recruited Goldstrom to New Mexico State.
The 5-foot-10 infielder got a chance to be the designated hitter against Texas State on Sunday and Texas Tech on Monday when another player had to sit out because of disciplinary reasons.
He ended up going 4 for 4 with a walk and three RBIs on Monday. He's hitting .308 overall.
“I'm just trying to make the most of it,'' Goldstrom said. “Now I think I might start getting some more chances to play more.”
Goldstrom felt relaxed when he came to the plate for the final time Monday. Although his coaches preach patience, he swung at the first pitch.
“If I was going to get a fastball I could handle, I was going to swing at it,'' he said. “It was a pretty good feeling. A lot of adrenaline was going through my body. I've been waiting for a while now to get that opportunity, and for it to come through felt pretty good.”
He's not sure what his role will be for the rest of the season, but said it's all about helping his team make it back to the postseason. The Aggies qualified for regionals last year, and he's hoping they can advance even further.
“Like the (NCAA) basketball tournament,'' he said, “not being a big-name school doesn't mean too much nowadays.''
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