Minneapolis, Minn. - The New Mexico State baseball team goes to 8-3 on the year after defeating Minnesota 4-1 in the Metrodome, March 1. The Gophers fall to 3-5 after Aggie starter and Las Cruces native Michael Ormseth worked eight complete innings, striking out six batters for his third win of the year.
The Aggies scored four runs on nine hits and committed two errors and Minnesota tallied its one run on five hits and also committed an error. Ormseth is now 3-0 on the year and preseason All-American closer Scott Coffman tallied his second save of the year after shutting down Minnesota in the bottom of the ninth.
The Aggies fell behind early when Minnesota scored on an error that got through the right-side of the infield. Starter Michael Ormseth kept his composure and retired the next seven batters. The Gophers put runners in scoring position in the top of the fourth but couldn't capitalize as Ormseth forced them into a double-play and struck out his fourth batter of the game.
NM State tied the game in sixth when senior Bryan Karraker picked up a walk for an RBI tying the game 1-1. The Aggies pulled ahead in the top of the ninth when senior catcher Zac Fisher hammered a double to right-centerfield for two RBI. Junior Cody Edward gave the Aggies an insurance run when he hit a double down the right-field line to bring in Fisher. The preseason All-American (Fisher) ended the day 2-of-5 with two RBI.
The Aggies play Minnesota in the Dairy Queen Classic, Friday, March 2 at 5:35 p.m. (MT). Live stats and a Twitter feed are available on the Internet.