TEMPE, Ariz. – Starting pitcher Trey Higginbotham worked 3.1 innings on the mound and relief pitcher Riley Barr finished the game working 4.2 innings as the New Mexico State baseball team fell 2-0 to Arizona State, Tuesday, April 29 at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Aggies are now 17-23 overall and ASU moves to 24-17 on the year.
Higginbotham allowed just one run to cross the plate in the bottom of the first and Barr allowed one run to cross the plate in the bottom of the seventh as the two pitchers combined for six strikeouts while giving up just four hits. Higginbotham was credited with the loss and falls to 0-4 on the year.
The NM State offense struggled with senior outfielder Michael Medina and designated hitter Kyle Kilgore were the only two Aggies to pick up a hit. The Aggies got on base five other times by way of the walk but left six runners stranded.
After a couple of ASU base hits and an error in the bottom of the seventh, which gave the Sun Devils a 2-0 lead, the Aggies got out of the inning on a lineout-triple play to the Aggie shortstop Chad Ramsey, who caught the ball, stepped on second base and threw over the first for three outs.
The Aggies get back into Western Athletic Conference play taking on Utah Valley in a three-game series starting, Friday at 6:05 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces. For tickets call 575-646-1420 or buy them the day of the game at the baseball ticket booth.