LUBBOCK, Texas – The New Mexico State baseball team (23-19) fell 6-1 in the midweek game to Texas Tech on a cold night in Lubbock, Texas, Tuesday, April 23.
The Aggies scored one run on six hits and committed two errors, while TTU posted six runs on 10 hits while posting one error. Junior Christopher Bradley was given the loss after he worked 5.1 innings, striking out seven batters although he gave up four runs. Bradley is now 4-4 on the year. Seniors Casey Collins and Michael Ormseth combined for 2.2 innings of worked while giving up just one earned run.
One of the Aggie errors proved to be costly as two Texas Tech runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the eighth which seemed to close out chances for the NM State comeback.
Senior Bobby Lecount was the only Aggie to score after he led off the top of the sixth with a double down the right field line. A Texas Tech fielding error allowed Lecount to advance to third before he scored. The run, however, cost the Aggies two outs in the inning.
The Aggies had other opportunities to score as in the first when the bases were left loaded while the temperature got down to 43 at the start of the inning. After that NM State struggled to move runners hitting into three double plays. Those double plays came in consecutive innings, from the fifth through the seventh.
“They [doubleplays] are like the turnover in football and it’s hard to survive that,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “Guys gave a great game effort, no doubt about that. Iit was a tough situation to come back in.”
The Aggies head back home after a long six-game road trip to face UT-Arlington in a three-game WAC series. NM State heads into the series tied for fourth in the league standings at 8-7 while UTA comes in at 10-5 in WAC action. Friday night’s game is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. start and will be aired on TV as a part of the Aggie Vision Productions. Contact your local TV provider for air times and availability or check online at www.AggieVision.tv.