SAN ANTONIO, Texas – In a game that featured a 41-minute lighting delay, the New Mexico State baseball team fell 9-4 to UTSA in game one of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Roadrunner Field, Friday, May 10. The Aggies fall to 27-22 on the season and 12-10 in WAC play, while UTSA moves to 26-22 this season and 10-11 in the league.
The Aggies scored two runs in the top of the first on a two-run homer by junior left fielder Quinnton Mack but the NM State defense allowed five runs to cross the plate in the bottom of the inning. The five runs scored on four hits, an error and two walks.
Six Roadrunner batters went to the plate from the second inning to the third but starting pitcher Adam Mott and the Aggie defense tallied the outs to hold UTSA scoreless. After both teams went scoreless in the fourth, the umpires called time because of lightning in the area. The lighting-delay lasted 41 minutes before resuming play to start the fifth.
Mott worked through two outs in the fifth before being replaced by left-hand pitcher junior Christopher Bradley. Mott tallied three strikeouts but allowed three walks while hitting three batters with UTSA scoring six earned runs in 4.2 innings. He is now 6-5 on the year with 82 K’s in 86.2 innings of work.
Senior third baseman Bobby Lecount marked tallied RBI No. 64 and 65 of the year when he smashed a ball over the left field fence in the top of the fifth to pull the Aggies to within three runs at 7-4. The Roadrunners answered right back scoring twice in the bottom of the inning.
“We allowed them to extend the lead late in the game, which made it hard for us to make the comeback we wanted to make,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “We were hitting the ball hard but didn’t make the plays we needed to make.”
There were two Aggie errors in the game but senior center fielder Kyle Phillips made a nice sliding catch in the sixth to save a run and Lecount stabbed a hard hit ball in the bottom of the eight to end a Roadrunner threat. NM State finished with four runs on five hits as the Roadrunners posted nine runs on 12 hits.
NM State’s three-game win streak comes to an end with the loss and the Aggies take on UTSA in game two of the weekend series, Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. (MT). Fans can listen to the action on the Internet at www.NMStateSports.com.