MESA, Ariz. - The New Mexico State baseball team was eliminated from the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament after losing 15-12 at Hohokam Stadium, Friday, May 25.
With the loss, No. 1 seed NM State falls to 35-22 and now waits to see if it is selected for an NCAA regional tournament. The tournament selection show is set for Monday, May 28 at 10am (MT) on ESPNU.com. and fans are invited to join the Aggies at The Game Sports Bar & Grill in Las Cruces to watch.
"We think we'll get a regional bid, but you just don't know," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Our numbers are good enough, our overall record and body of work."
The Aggies posted 12 runs on 15 hits but committed two errors as Louisiana Tech crossed the plate 15 times on 16 hits with one error. Sophomore Tanner Rust did what he could for his team as he went 2-of-3 at the dish with two RBIs, two walks and a home run. The homer was a two-run shot over the right-centerfield wall that traveled at least 415 feet. Senior Tanner Waite also tried to lead his team to a victory as he tallied a 3-of-5 day with a walk and four RBI.
The Aggies went into the ninth inning down nine runs, but go the tying run to the plate before junior Zac Fisher grounded out to first to end the game. The loss is NM State's eighth straight in the WAC Tournament and its sixth straight in Mesa, Ariz.
Starting pitcher Adam Mott was given the loss and falls to 6-3 on the year as he worked 4.1 innings while giving up eight runs, six of them earned. The Aggies used six pitchers after using nine pitchers the night before.
Louisiana Tech scored the first two runs in the bottom of the first and the Aggies answered back with two runs in the second. NM State took it's only lead of the game when Rust hammered a two-run shot in the top of the third. Three Louisiana Tech runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third to go up 5-4 and extended their lead 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth.
"We booted the ball around again and gave away a couple of free runs, which hurt us," Ward said. "At 8-4 we were in the game but it's not good when our closer gives up five runs, although I am pleased that once again our guys fought back as we brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth."
NM State fought in the ninth scoring six runs on five hits, while the Bulldogs booted a ball for an error. The six-run push started with a double to right field and saw the Aggies go thru the entire lineup.