LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team fell 20-6 in the last game of a three-game series versus Sacramento State on Sunday, March 30, at Presley Askew Field.
The Aggies are now 10-17 on the season and 2-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Hornets improved to 16-11 and stay perfect in WAC play at 6-0. NM State was out hit 17-7 in the game.
Third baseman Derek Umphres went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs and his second home run of the season, while center fielder Kyle Young also went 2-for-3 and also marked two RBIs.
Aggie starter Robert Kraft was given the loss moving his record 1-3 after pitching 2.1 innings. Kraft gave up three runs at the start of the first inning allowing the Hornets to advance to a quick 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, Kraft gave up no hits as three batters saw the plate. Offensively, Kris Koerper had a base hit and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from Umphres. The first NM State run came after a base hit from Young as Koerper rounded home. An error from the Hornets helped the Aggies land on third and first but a fly hit to left field from right fielder Michael Medina ended the inning with the Aggies down 3-1.
In the third inning, a Sacramento State home run off of Kraft stretched the Hornet lead to 7-1 and brought in pitcher Trey Gonzales. Sacramento State would go on to score a total of five runs in the inning as NM State trailed 8-1 heading into the fourth inning.
The fourth inning saw two runs for the Aggies after Umphres’ long ball and catcher Kevin Carswell’s run off of a base hit from Young. In the fifth, the Aggies scored off of two base hits and an error from Sacramento State. Three walked batters gave the possibility for more runs as the Aggies loaded the bases with only one out, but a flyout by shortstop Kent Blackstone followed by a grounder to third ended the inning. NM State did, however, mark three runs in the inning and only trailed by three, 9-6, after five innings.
The Hornets would answer with four runs in the top of the sixth and a breakout seventh inning that saw seven Sacramento State players touch home plate.
Trailing 20-6, the Aggies could not score in their half of the seventh, ending the game after seven innings because of the 10-run rule which was in effect.
The Aggies will now travel to Albuquerque for round two of the I-25 battle versus the University of New Mexico on Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 6 p.m. (MDT).