TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 2 seed New Mexico State baseball team (35-23) is now 1-5 all-time in NCAA Regional Tournament play after falling 3-2 to No. 3 seed Louisville in Hi Corbett Field, Friday, June 1.
NM State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after All-American catcher Zac Fisher marked an RBI single up the middle in the first and tallied another RBI in the third as the Louisville second baseman picked up an error on an easy groundball to the right side.
The Aggies posted their two runs on six hits and had just one error, while Louisville came up with its three runs on seven hits and committed three errors with two of them coming in the third. Starting pitcher Ryan Beck was given the loss and falls to 5-7 on the year as he worked six innings and struck out three batters while giving up the three runs the Cardinals scored.
Louisville starter Justin Amlung earned the win as he threw six innings and struck out five Aggies. He gave up the two runs NM State scored and is now 9-4 on the year. NM State used a total of six pitchers with the Aggie bullpen (Casey Collins, Robert Kraft, Trey Ross, Tyler Mack, and Scott Coffman) combining for three innings of work while not allowing a run to score.
"It was a well-played game from a pitching standpoint," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Their ball landed down the leftfield line and ours didn't. Our pitching staff did a good job and gave us a chance to save pitching, while keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to win the game late."
This is the second time NM State has fell by one run in an NCAA Regional game as the Aggies lost 2-1 to San Diego in 2002. The Aggies lost to Houston and San Diego in 2002, while defeating UNLV in 2003 before falling to Arizona State and UNLV in the same tournament.
The Aggies take on the loser of the Arizona-Missouri game, Saturday, June 2 at 5pm (MDT) in Tucson, Ariz. The game is scheduled to air on ESPNU and will also air over the radio waves on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.