LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team fell 11-0 to Sacramento State, Saturday, March 29 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies fall to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in Western Athletic Conference play and Sacramento State moves to 15-11 and 5-0 in league play to hold onto first place in the conference standings.
The Aggies struggled against the pitcher who could be the best in the WAC, as Sacramento State left-hander Sam Long held NM State to only four hits while picking up four strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Long is 4-0 on the year in seven appearances and came into the game with a 2.17 ERA.
“Sacramento State’s pitcher had the numbers to show that he is pretty good and doing what he did tonight just legitimizes it,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “We have to come out tomorrow and play really well to get in win in the series finale.”
NM State tallied only four hits and also got on with two errors but played out of character with zero walks on the evening. The Aggies allowed at least one run in the top of the first for the third time this week as Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. The Hornets posted three more runs in the third and extended their lead to 8-0 after a big 4-run fourth. Three runs for the visiting team in the seventh pretty much closed the game as NM State wasn’t able to get a runner in scoring position.
The Aggies and the Hornets wrap the series at 11 a.m. (MT) as the game was moved up one hour. The game, which is being played at Presley Askew Field, will air on the radio (KSNM AM 570) with coverage starting at noon.