SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The New Mexico State baseball team (27-11, 4-2 WAC) lost to Sacramento State (19-18, 3-3 WAC) at John Smith Field, Sunday, April 15.
The Aggies took a 5-0 lead through 3 ½ innings but Sacramento State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and crossed the plate five times in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. NM State was unable to score in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings, while the Hornets scored two unearned runs in the eighth to go up 8-5.
The Aggies tried to put some pressure on the Sacramento State closer, who was touching 94 MPH, as the first three batters reached base safely. Senior left fielder Tanner Waite got on with his WAC leading 47th walk of the year before he was moved over to third by senior right fielder Bryan Karraker who hammered a double to right-centerfield. After junior second baseman Parker Hipp loaded the bases with a walk the Hornet closer was able to get two outs on a strikeout and a fly-ball. Junior center fielder Kyle Phillips picked up two RBIs on a single to right-centerfield but would be the final out as the next batter hit into a 5-4 groundout.
NM State starter Casey Collins was given the loss after going 4 2/3 innings and giving up six runs. The middle relief did a pretty good job on the afternoon as it kept the Aggies in the game without giving up a run. Senior Scott Coffman finished off the game and ran into some bad luck, giving up two unearned runs.
The Aggies finished the day posting their seven runs on nine hits while committing four errors. Sacramento State crossed the plate eight times on 10 hits and did not commit an error. Phillips led the Aggie offense going 2-of-3 at the dish with three RBI and a walk. He also ran down some pretty hard hit balls in the outfield. Karraker also had a good offensive day and also went 2-of-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
NM State takes on Louisiana Tech in a three-game WAC series starting, Thursday, April 19 at Presley Askew Field. Thursday's game is scheduled to start at 6:05p.m. (MT) and will air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions.