LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team opened up a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Sacramento State with an 8-2 loss at Presley Askew Field, Friday, March 28.
The Aggies tallied as many hits as Sacramento State but three Aggie errors assisted in the 15th loss of the year. NM State is now 10-15 overall and 2-2 in league play and the Hornets move to 14-11 on the year and 4-0 in conference play. Senior Christopher Bradley was credited with the loss and is 1-1 this season after striking out four batters and giving up as many earned runs.
First baseman Kristoffer Koerper went 3-of-4 at the plate tonight with one RBI. Right fielder Michael Paulson went 3-of-5 which included a single to through the right side in the bottom of the ninth. Paulson reached third base with one out when sophomore third baseman hit double down the leftfield line. The Aggie threat didn’t last long as Kristoffer Koerper struck out swinging and Joseph Koerper lined-out to center field.
The Hornets were the first on the board leading off with three runs in the first. NM State answered with two run in the bottom of the first as Koerper marked the only Aggie RBI on a base knock and Paulson came in on a wild-pitch after he picked up a single to right field.
Sacramento State chipped away and scored a run in the second, two more in the fourth, and another in the fifth before putting it away in the ninth with an insurance run.
The Aggies left 12 base runners aboard and used three different pitchers with Bradley going 4.0 innings, Riley Barr working 4.0 innings and Quentin Mansfield working the last inning. Barr slowed the Hornets down not giving up a single run during his time on the mound.
NM State continues the series with the Hornets at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. (MT) with coverage on KSNM AM 570. Sunday’s game is has been moved to 11 a.m. (MT).