Aggies Fall 5-1 in Keith LeClaire Classic Finale to host team ECU
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/24/2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The New Mexico State baseball team fell 5-1 to East Carolina in the finale of the of the Keith LeClair Classic, Sunday, Feb. 24 in Clark-LeClair Stadium.  The Aggies fall to 3-4 on the  year while ECU moves to 3-3.

Senior right-hand pitcher Michael Ormseth held the Pirates scoreless through five innings before the host team tallied four runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Ormseth falls to 0-1 after marking two strikeouts while giving up two earned runs.

NM State took a brief 1-0 lead in the top half of the sixth thanks to an RBI double by freshman Kent Blackstone.  Left-fielder Michael Paulson and pinch-hitter Cody Edwards drew back-to-back two-out walks and Blackstone followed with a double to right field scoring Paulson for the game's first run.

The Aggies, who left a total of 13 runners on base, had an opportunity to score in the eighth inning as Lecount and Phillips walked to start the frame. After a fly-out by an Aggie pinch-hitter, Cody Edwards singled through the right side to load the bases. After a pitching change by the Pirates, NM State grounded out in two consecutive at-bats.

Seven different Aggies picked up a hit on the afternoon with NM State drawing eight walks, as the Aggie pitching staff didn't allow a single walk during the game.

The Aggies head to Raleigh, N.C. to face nationally ranked North Carolina State, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26-27 at 1:00 p.m. (MT) each day.  The games will air on KSNM AM 570 as a tape delay and air live on the Internet at www.NMStateSports.con for a fee.

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