MESA, Ariz. - The No. 6 seed New Mexico State baseball team (34-23) fell 9-3 to No. 3 seed Louisiana Tech (33-25) in the first day of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., Wednesday, May 25.
Starting pitcher sophomore Ryan Beck did a good job to hold the Bulldogs to two runs, but four late errors and a couple of pitching mistakes combined with only three hits after the fourth inning led to the NM State loss. Beck falls to 10-5 on the season after working six complete innings, while giving up four runs.
"We made too many errors and our offense didn't perform and back up our pitchers the way we expect them to," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Now all we can do is come back tomorrow and play the way we know we are capable of playing."
Louisiana Tech was the first to score, putting up two runs in the bottom of the second. NM State entered the game 12-18 when the opponent scores first so the odds favored the Bulldogs.
The Aggies cut the lead in half to 2-1 on an RBI single by Tanner Waite that scored designated hitter Tanner Rust, who reached base on a single. NM State added two more runs in the fourth with one run coming on a Bryan Karraker triple. Karraker scored on a wild pitch to take the score to 3-2.
The Aggie offense failed to score again as Louisiana Tech rallied for three runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth. NM State marked two of their four errors in those two innings to give La. Tech the extra momentum it needed to pull away.
No. 6 seed NM State faces No. 4 seed Nevada in an elimination game at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Fans can listen to the action in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Live stats are available at www.NMStateSports.com and a live video stream is accessible at www.WAC.tv.