LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team fell short on a comeback attempt losing 12-10 in 10 innings to Dallas Baptist at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, April 7. The Aggies fall to 18-15 on the year and 4-5 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Patriots move to 17-15 overall and 5-4 in league play.
NM State was down 9-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth but tallied six runs in the inning. The Aggies sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth marking seven walks and six runs on two hits. DBU stopped the Aggie rally as the NM State offense left the bases loaded with the score at 9-6.
Starting pitcher Michael Ormseth worked 2.2 innings and struck out two batters before relief pitcher, left-hander Trey Higginbotham jumped on the mound to work 3.2 innings. Righty Evan Mott wrapped up the game for the Aggies working 3.2 innings as well as he struck out five batters, following last night’s save. Mott was credited with the loss and is now 0-2 on the year, while DBU pitcher Aaron Gilbreath earned his first win of the season.
After a Patriot run in the top of the eighth took the score to 10-7, NM State crossed the plate three times off four hits and two errors in the bottom of the inning. The Aggies had a chance to pick up the win in the bottom of the ninth inning with bases loaded and no outs, but three consecutive Aggie batters went down swining. DBU then took advantage of the momentum shift and hit a two-run shot in the top of the 10th to take a 12-10 lead before the Aggies left two runners aboard in the bottom of the inning.
The Aggies return to action next week at Presley Askew Field facing Sacramento State in a three-game series starting, Friday, April 12.