COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The New Mexico State baseball team held the lead for five innings but lost 9-6 to Air Force Academy, Tuesday, April 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Aggies fall to 13-19 on the season and the Falcons move to 7-24 overall.
NM State took 6-1 lead after scoring twice in the top of the first, once more in the second and three times in the top of the third, but the Aggie offense was slowed down being shut out in the final six innings of the game.
Falcon pitcher Trent Monaghan held NM State to just two hits in the six scoreless innings to earn the win and Aggie left-hand pitcher Trey Higginbotham took the loss falling to 0-3 on the year after working 0.2 innings and allowing four runs to score. NM State left hander Robert Kraft was the Aggie starter and went 2.1 innings, allowing three runs.
The Aggies tallied 11 hits on the afternoon with right fielder Michael Paulson leading the Aggies going 2-of-4 at the dish with a run and three RBI. The Falcons had nine hits on the day and were also aided by six Aggie errors.
NM State centerfielder Michael Medina got things going for the Aggies with a lead-off walk before shortstop Kent Blackstone hit a single thru the right side in the top of the first. Both base runners scored on a double by Paulson. After one run crossed the plate for AFA in the bottom of the inning, NM State went up by two runs when designated hitter Ryan Wagner scored on a single by Medina.
The Aggies seemed to have opened things up scoring three runs on five hits in the top of the third with Paulson and Wagner each coming up with an RBI. NM State struggled to hit the rest of the game, reaching base nine more times on three walks, two errors and three hits.
NM State continues its road trip taking on Western Athletic Conference foe in a three-game league series starting Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m. (MT) in Grand Forks, N.D.