LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team lost a two-run lead falling in the series finale, 12-7 to Texas State at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, March 24. The Aggies are now 13-12 overall and 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play while Texas State moves to 9-14 on the year and 2-1 in league match-ups.
Seniors Bobby Lecount and Kyle Phillips tried to boost the Aggie offense as each hammered a home run over the leftfield wall. Lecount blasted his home run in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 2-2, while Phillips hit a three-run shot in the third helping his team to go up 7-5.
Although the NM State defense that struggled posting three errors on the afternoon with a big one coming in the top of the second, it was the Aggie offense that died out in the latter part of the game as no hits were recorded from the fifth inning through the ninth inning.
“We just haven't played very clean,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “We keep making mistakes, or a bad at-bat at the wrong time.”
Starting pitcher Michael Ormseth went 3.2 innings and struck out six batters and left the mound with his team up 7-5. Senior righty Casey Collins was credited with the loss after he gave up five runs in the sixth and didn’t help himself out when he tallied a throwing error by trying a pick-off at second base, only to see his throw go into center field. Collins is now 2-3 on the season.
“We only had seven hits, the Bobcats bullpen only gave up one,” Ward said. “They no-hit us for five innings. At our own park, with the lead and the momentum.”
The Aggies return to action, Monday, March 25 taking on Texas Tech at 6:05 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field. The game airs on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.