The Aggie offense was led by Derek Umphres, who was 3-for-4 on the night with a run scored. Kyle Kilgore was 1-for-2 at the plate with a homerun and two RBI. Kilgore’s homerun was his first of the year. The Aggies outhit the Red Raiders 7 to 4.
Christopher Bradley took the loss for NM State, throwing six complete innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out six batters. He is now 0-2 on the season.
It was a pitcher’s duel the first three innings of the game between the Aggies and Red Raiders. Derek Umphres and Kristoffer Koerper each singled, providing the only offense for either team after three innings of play, as Bradley would retire Texas Tech’s first nine batters of the game.
The Aggies went three up, three down in the top of the fourth before the Red Raiders jumped on the score board. Texas Tech quickly put runners on first and second with two outs. A single to left field allowed the runner to score from second, giving Texas Tech a 1-0 advantage after four innings.
Over the next two innings, the Aggies would go down in order, as the Red Raiders continued to hold a one-run lead, going into the bottom of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, Texas Tech again put runners at first and second with two outs. Another single to left field scored the runner from second, extending the Red Raider’s lead to 2-0 after six full innings.
Two innings later, the Aggies got on the scoreboard, making it a 2-1 game. Umphres led the inning with his second single of the game, followed by a Kent Blackstone single, putting runners at first and second. Kyle Young hit a sac bunt to the pitcher, allowing Umphres and Blackstone to advance to second and third. Kevin Carswell would ground out to third, pushing Umphres across the plate for the first Aggie run of the game. Blackstone would advance to third on the play but NM State could not advance him any further, as Texas Tech held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.
Texas Tech quickly got two runners on base before a three-run homerun pushed their lead to 5-1 with just one out. The Aggies defense held on and allowed no more runs in the inning.
Joseph Koerper led off the top of the ninth with a single to right field. Two batters later, Kilgore crushed a two-run bomb to pull NM State to within two runs at 5-3 with just one out. Umphres then singled for the third time in the game, bringing the tying run to the plate. Blackstone then grounded out into a double play ending the game. Texas Tech defeated NM State, 5-3.
The Aggies will be back in action on Friday night, first pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. Listen to all the action on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews.