WACO, Texas - The No. 25 New Mexico State baseball team (30-13) took an early lead on No. 3 Baylor (38-8) but dropped the game 15-5 at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas, Saturday, April 28.
The Aggies were up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Baylor took momentum after a questionable call at first base that resulted in a potential double-play being taken away because it appeared that sophomore first baseman Tanner Rust was pulled off the bag.
"Team's have to be able to handle different types of situations and we have done that pretty much all year," head coach Rocky Ward said. "I'm disappointed in the final score but we have to put it behind us and focus on what we have ahead."
The Aggies have a midweek game against Texas Tech at home before traveling to Hawai'i for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series.
With momentum on their side, the Bears posted five runs on four hits with one of the runs scored on a stolen base at home. It seemed like NM State could have a chance to stay in the game when senior shortstop Zach Voight hit a solo shot over the leftfield wall in the top of the fifth, but Baylor came back and maintained momentum scoring seven runs on five hits that included two home runs in the bottom of the inning.
Bear reliever Ryan Smith picked up the win and goes to 3-0 as Baylor's starter did not go the required five innings to earn the win. Junior right hander Adam Mott tallied his first loss of the year and is 5-1 after working three and a third innings.
Senior Tanner Waite played well in the outfield once again for NM State going 2-for-5 on the day to go along with an RBI and junior catcher Zac Fisher had a 3-of-4 day at the dish. Rust went 1-of-2 at the play with walk and two runs scored. The Aggies used six pitchers on the afternoon while Baylor used just two.
The Aggies look forward to a midweek game against Texas Tech, Tuesday, May 2 at Presley Askew Field with first pitch set for 4:05p.m. (MT). The game is scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions and fans should check local listings for show times.