LOS ANGELES - The New Mexico State baseball team finished its regular season with a 5-3 loss to the University of Southern California at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, May 19.
The Aggies finished the season with a 36-21-1 overall record while USC, who will continue its season this weekend sits at 25-28. Leading the way offensively for NM State was senior Ben Harty who went 3-of-4, while junior Chace Perkins had a two run homer. On the mound, freshman Ryan Beck picked up his first loss of the year as he was in the game when USC took the lead. Starting pitcher DJ Simon worked six complete innings striking out three of the 23 batters faced, while giving up only one walk and two runs.
"The difference of the game was that we left 10 runners on base compared to USC leaving five aboard," head coach Rocky Ward said. "DJ Simon had a good outing to pick up the win and we actually pitched a good game overall. It was disappointing to see that our offense hasn't been what we expect it to be."
NM State was the first to get on the scoreboard when senior Ben Harty hit a single through the left side with the bases loaded for an RBI. The Trojans took its first lead of the game after scoring two runs on three hits in the bottom of the second.
After a scoreless second inning, junior Chace Perkins hit his 16th home run in the third inning. It was a two-run blast after senior Leo Aguirre got on base with a single through the right side.
The game would move right along as neither team would cross the plate until the bottom of the eighth when the Trojans posted three runs. The Aggies caught a bad break when a USC runner was called safe at home plate as he came around from second base.
The Aggies now have to wait for the rest of the Western Athletic Conference to wrap up their season this weekend. The seeds will be set for the WAC Tournament after this weekend with NM State possibly in the No. 2 spot. The WAC Tournament takes place at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., May 26-30.