GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – The New Mexico State baseball team ended its season losing 12-4 to Dallas Baptist in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, Saturday, May 25 in QuikTrip Park. The Aggies finished the year 29-28.
The Aggies posted four runs on seven hits in a game that featured a 32-minute lightning delay and a 52-minute rain delay. All four Aggie runs came off the bat of junior left fielder Quinnton Mack as he posted a three run home run in the fifth and an RBI single in the eighth.
Dallas Baptist tallied its 12 runs on 13 hits as Aggie starting pitcher Christopher Bradley struggled, giving up four runs in the top of the first. The Patriots scored another run in the second and one in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead but Mack gave NM State hope blasting a rocket-shot over the left-field wall. The first delay started after Mack’s home run and the momentum seemed to come to a halt for the Aggies as well.
DBU came back and scored three runs in the sixth taking a 9-3 lead and scored another three runs in the seventh after the rain delay. Phillips got on base in the ninth but a strikeout ended any Aggie comeback.
“It was difficult to overcome the rough start, but we did have it stabilized when we got it to 6-3,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “Dallas Baptist played better than we did and we just couldn’t get things going. I am happy and proud of my seniors and they have a lot of good things to remember as an Aggie and they definitely won’t be judged on this game alone. This is the team that broke the [losing] steak and will hopefully get things going from here in future post-season play.”
The Aggies used six pitchers in the game with Casey Collins marking three strikeouts and Las Cruces native Michael Ormseth coming up with four. DBU pitcher Paul Voelker was given the win and is now 1-2 on the year, while NM State pitcher Christopher Bradley was credited with the loss and finished the year 5-5.
Offensively, Mack finished the day going 3-of-5 with a run scored and four RBI while Kyle Phillips and Tanner Rust each had a two-hit day.