FRESNO, Calif. - The New Mexico State baseball team (32-18, 7-11 WAC) fell to Fresno State (34-11, 14-7 WAC) 15-7 at Pete Beiden Field, Friday, May 13.
NM State came up with its seven runs on 12 hits, which included a solo-home run by sophomore Zac Fisher in the top of the seventh. The Bulldogs came up with its 15 runs on 16 hits and committed an error. Starting pitcher Ryan Beck was credited with the loss after going five innings on the mound and striking out five batters. He gave up six earned runs and is now 9-4 on the season.
"Beck actually did well today and it is disappointing that we couldn't get it done on the offensive side of the ball," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We hit into three double plays and we can't have that when we are trying to get a rally going. This Fresno State team is one of the best we have faced and it shows with the way they came back today."
After a scoreless first inning, NM State posted three runs in the top of the second and another three in the top of the third to take an early 6-0 lead.
After a sweet 6-4-3 double play where shortstop Ty Forney flipped the ball to second baseman Parker Hipp to end the second, Fresno State began to chip away at the lead posting a run in the bottom of the third and four more in the bottom of the fourth to pull within one at 6-5.
Fresno State tied it up in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice bunt and took the lead on a lead-off home run in the sixth. The Bulldogs pulled away after crossing the plate five more times in the inning and two times in the seventh.
Junior Bryan Karraker led the Aggies offensively with a 3-of-4 day, two runs scored and three RBI. Zac Fisher finished the day going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.NM State and Fresno State face each other in game three of the series, Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. (MT) in Fresno, Calif.