BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Senior shortstop Parker Hipp became the career-walks leader at New Mexico State as the Aggies lost 13-2 in seven innings to CSU Bakersfield at Hardt Field, Friday, March 29. NM State falls to 14-14 on the year and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Roadrunners move to 19-8 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Hipp broke the school record in the top of the second inning with a lead-off walk before stealing second. He advanced to third on a fly-out to centerfield by junior Michael Paulson and scored on a single by senior centerfielder Kyle Phillips. Hipp now has 143 walks in his time at NM State, surpassing Richard Stout, who played for the Aggies from 2007-09.
The RBI by Phillips gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second, but the CSUB bats brought in eight runs on six hits with the first run of the bottom-half coming in on a wild pitch. That inning seemed to take the life out of the NM State ball club as it scored just one more run. That run came in the top of the fourth after Rust got on with a walk. Rust went to second when Hipp hit a single up the middle and an error by the CSUB centerfielder allowed Rust to reach third. Rust eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Senior starter Ryan Beck was given the loss after working 3.1 innings and striking out four batters. He falls to 4-2 on the year, while the Roadrunners starter Scott Brattvet moves to 5-1 on the season have he held the Aggies to just two runs in 7.0 innings on the mound.
The series finale is set for a 2:00 p.m. (MT) start, Saturday, March 30 in Bakersfield, Calif. Live stats are available online at www.NMStateSports.com by clicking on the live events link.