SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The New Mexico State baseball team (27-10, 4-2 WAC) lost for the second time in 20 games after falling to Sacramento State (18-18, 3-3 WAC), 10-7 at John Smith Field, Sunday, April 15.
It seemed like NM State would cruise to another victory after taking a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning but the Hornet offense tallied a mid-game run to win the game and take a 27-26 lead in the all-time series. Starting pitcher Michael Ormseth, who finished the day throwing five innings while striking out six batters, retired eight straight batters from the second through the fifth before Sacramento State posted two runs on him in the sixth.
NM State had a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, but the Hornet bats came to life scoring four runs to take their first lead of the weekend. Sacramento State was up 6-5 going into the seventh but a total of four Aggie relievers struggled in the sixth and seventh to pick up outs while giving up a total of eight runs. The Aggies ended the day using nine pitchers in the loss.
The Aggies tried to make push in the final innings scoring two in the eighth with junior second baseman Parker Hipp marking two RBIs on a single up the middle. Hipp finished the day going 2-of-4 at the dish with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Junior catcher Zac Fisher also had a good day at the plate going 3-of-5 at the plate with two RBIs.
The Aggies and the Hornets play a non-conference game, Monday, April 16 at 3pm (MT) in Sacramento, Calif.