LUBBOCK, Texas – The New Mexico State baseball team concluded play on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on Sunday afternoon with a 14-4 loss to No. 30 Texas Tech. The Aggies fall to 7-9 on the season while the Red Raiders improve to 14-3.
NM State accumulated nine hits on the day with sophomore left fielder Joe Koerper, who was playing in his first series after missing the previous two due to injury, marking one-third of the Aggie hits after finishing 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Fellow sophomore Derek Umphres continued his hot hitting streak with two more hits on Sunday (2-for-4) while also scoring a couple of runs for NM State.
Texas Tech opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first after plating two runs on a walk and two hits off of Aggie starter Kyle Kilgore. The Red Raiders led 2-0 after one inning of play, but NM State tied the game with a run in each of the next-two innings.
After Umphres singled and advanced to second on a Michael Paulson walk in the top of the second, Koerper came up and singled to right field to score Umphres and cut the Texas Tech lead in half.
An inning later, Aggie catcher Taylor Noyer led off the inning with a walk. He then advanced to second on a single by right fielder Michael Medina and to third on a ball hit to deep right field by Kilgore. Noyer then scored on a wild pitch by Red Raider pitcher Matt Withrow. NM State and Texas Tech were tied, 2-2, heading to the bottom half of the third.
The Red Raiders answered, however, with four runs in their half of the third inning after Kilgore allowed three hits and walked three of the first-four batters. Texas Tech led 6-2 after three.
For the third-consecutive inning the Aggies marked a run after scoring one in the top of the fourth inning. Once again it was the Umphres-Koerper combination that plated a run for NM State. Umphres started off the inning with a single to right-center. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Koerper marked his second RBI of the game by bringing Umphres home with a single through the right side to cut the Red Raider lead in half.
Kilgore, meanwhile, began the bottom half of the inning by erasing the first two batters he faced. It would be last inning Kilgore would pitch, however, as Texas Tech would go on to score four two-out runs to take a commanding 10-3 lead.
Kilgore was lifted for Aggie reliever Kevin Carswell and was saddled with his first loss of the season (2-1) after going 3.2 innings while allowing eight runs on seven hits and five walks.
The Red Raiders added three more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 10 at 13-3 after five innings.
NM State added a run in the top half of the seventh. Once again it was Koerper with the big hit as he doubled to right field, advancing Paulson, who led off the inning with a walk, to third base. Paulson later scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Matt Evans.
The Aggies could get no closer as Texas Tech punctuated the scoring with a run in eighth inning to win 14-4 and complete the four-game sweep of NM State.
The road trip continues for the Aggies as they will now try to break their four-game losing streak with a trip to Davis, Calif. NM State begins a four-game series versus UC-Davis on Friday, March 14.