HOUSTON, Texas - The New Mexico State baseball team dropped game two of the midweek series with No. 5 Rice, 12-4 at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 22 . The Aggies are now 3-3 and Rice is 5-0.
The Aggies allowed 17 hits, while 15 NM State batters went down on strikeouts. The Aggies scored their four runs in the top of the ninth after two walks, a single and a double. Senior Zach Voight and junior Parker Hipp were patient at the plate to get aboard with walks and designated hitter Zac Fisher followed that with a single to left field for an RBI.
Pinch-hitter Tanner Rust marked a double for another RBI and the third run of the day for NM State. The fourth run came in on a groundout from Kurt Snowley as he tallied his second RBI of the year.
"We couldn't make a run and their pitcher was pretty dominant today," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Our kids didn't play terrible, it was just that everything they hit went into a hole. We allowed them to extend the lead and couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole."
Starting pitcher Evan Mott was credited with the loss and goes to 0-1 on the year, while starting Rice pitcher Andre Benak earned the win. Mott went two innings and allowed seven runs. Senior Scott Coffman closed out the game for NM State and posted a 1-2-3 inning for his defense.
The Aggies now look forward to a four-game weekend series with Sacred Heart starting, Friday, Feb. 24 at Presley Askew Field. Friday afternoon games starts at 4:05pm (MT) and is scheduled to air on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 2:05pm and Sunday's series finale is scheduled for a 2:05pm first pitch.