NORMAN, Okla. - The New Mexico State baseball team was shutout for the second time this season as it fell 8-0 to No. 17 Oklahoma in L. Dale Mitchell Park, Tuesday, March 12.
NM State posted only four hits and committed two errors while the Sooners crossed the plate six times on nine hits without committing an error. The Aggies fall to 8-9 on the year while Oklahoma moves to 13-4 overall.
The Sooners got on the board in the bottom of the first and scored again in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. NM State is now 1-6 when the opponent scores in the first inning and 2-8 when the opposition scores in the first inning.
"It was frustrating to leave people on-base and we are trying to work through these things," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We are figuring out what we can do and we will keep working. Oklahoma is a very good baseball team but I feel that we challenged them."
Aggies left the bases load in the third inning and again in the fifth keeping the game close until Oklahoma exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth. OU added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to close out the game.
Senior Casey Collins was credited with the loss and is not 1-2 on the year after working 5.1 innings, striking out two batters and allowing four earned runs. Ralph Garza Jr. earned the win for OU.
NM State takes on the Sooners tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. (MT) and fans can listen to the action on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play.