FRESNO, Calif. - The New Mexico State baseball team (32-17, 7-10 WAC) lost the series opener to Fresno State 17-4 at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif., Thursday, May 12.
The Aggies struggled on both offensively and defensively as they posted only five hits, while committing five errors. Fresno State posted its 17 runs on 12 hits and committed two errors.
"It was one of those games where we faced the best pitcher in the league and he just had a good day," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We decided to use Tyler Mack today and he did pretty good up until we made a couple of errors. We have to play cleaner defense and we have to quit have those kinds of games."
Sophomore Tyler Mack falls to 5-4 on the year, while Bulldog starter stays undefeated at 9-0. Mack threw four innings and struck out four batters.
The Aggies were really struggling at the plate until the top of the fifth when NM State posted four runs on four hits. Junior Bryan Karraker started the inning with a single up the middle and scored on a single by senior Wes Starkes. Junior Tanner Waite got on with a walk before Andy Lyon posted an RBI single to right field. Waite and Lyon would eventually score before and inning-ending strikeout.
NM State and Fresno State play game two of the series, Friday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) in at Bieden Field in Fresno, Calif.