LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (29-11, 6-2 WAC) ended a game in walk-off fashion for the second day in-a-row after senior Bryan Karraker blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Aggies a 4-3 win over Louisiana Tech (17-21, 1-7 WAC) at Presley Askew Field, Friday, April 20.
Louisiana Tech had took a 3-0 lead heading into the seventh inning but the Aggies started to put the pressure on the Bulldogs when junior third baseman Robert Lecount smashed a solo home run over the left field wall. With the score 3-1 going into the eighth, NM State reliever Tyler Mack came up big to hold the Bulldogs scoreless and get the team to the bottom of the inning.
Karraker was the only Aggie to score in the eighth on a single by senior shortstop Zach Voight, although the inning ended on the same play when junior Parker Hipp was thrown out at home on a close play that could have been called the other way.
The Bulldogs were unable to score in the top of the ninth giving NM State one more chance to pull off another come-from-behind victory. After a walk by first baseman Tanner Rust and two consecutive fly-outs to right field, Karraker came to the plate and took the count full before he blasted his second home run of the year leading the Aggies to their sixth league win.
Karraker finished the day 1-of-3 at the dish with two runs, two walks and two RBIs and Voight ended his day 2-of-3 at the plate with an RBI. Senior Robert Roher was given the win as he was the pitcher in the game when NM State took the lead. Roher is now 1-0 in eight appearances and has tallied a total of eight strikeouts.
The Aggies face Louisiana Tech in the final game of the series at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, April 21 at 11am (MT). The game will join-in-progress on KSNM AM 570 at 12pm (MT) with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play.