MESA, Ariz. - The New Mexico State baseball team (34-24) finished its season with a 15-4 loss to Nevada in the second day of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., Thursday, May 26.
The Aggies posted its four runs on seven hits and committed one error, while Nevada tallied its 15 runs on 10 hits and marked four errors on the afternoon. The difference of the game was the 13 walks allowed by the NM State pitching staff. The Aggies also left 12 runners stranded on base.
NM State used six pitchers in the game with starting pitcher Tyler Mack was credited with the loss and falls to 6-5 on the season. Junior right-hander Justin Cooper had the longest outing as he went five complete innings, giving up five runs on two hits and striking out two Wolf Pack batters.
The game started with the momentum on Nevada's side as the Wolf Pack scored six of its first seven batters to go to the plate. It seemed as if the Aggies would chip away at the lead after posting a run in the bottom of the first.
"You just can't walk 13 and expect to win. [Justin] Cooper walked eight but he was able to keep us in it," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We couldn't get key base hits when it counted and that is very disappointing. Hohokam Park has not treated the Aggies very well. We thank the seniors for giving their time, effort and energy to the program."
NM State held the Wolf Pack scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings, while adding a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it a four-run ballgame at 6-2. Nevada added a run in the top of the fifth to go up 7-2.
Nevada blew the game open in the top of the sixth inning crossing the plate eight times on five hits and an error. Wolf Pack batters also walked three times and each base runner that got on with walk scored.
Senior Chace Perkins was able to get one final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh and came up with a double that went over the right fielder's head. Perkins then scored on an RBI single by junior shortstop Ty Forney.
NM State wraps up the season with its third consecutive 30-plus-win season, while making its fourth consecutive WAC Tournament.