RUSTON, La. – The New Mexico State baseball team (22-18) moved above .500 in Western Athletic Conference play after defeating Louisiana Tech 5-1 in game one of a doubleheader at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La., Sunday, April 21. The Aggies are now 8-7 in WAC play.
NM State scored its five runs on nine hits as the Aggie defense played clean baseball without committing an error. The Bulldogs tallied one run on nine hits and left multiple runners on base. Starting pitcher Ryan Beck earned the win after he worked 6.0 innings and allowed just one run. He is now 5-3 on the year with 60 K’s on the year. Beck joins senior right-hander Adam Mott as the only Aggie pitchers with 60-plus strikeouts on the year.
After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first without scoring a run, senior Kyle Phillips led-off the second inning with a double. Phillips scored when junior Michael Medina tallied an RBI on a single up the middle to put him at 2-for-2 at the dish early in the game.
The third inning saw junior Tanner Rust get on with a lead-off single before senior Bobby Lecount walked to put runners on first and second. A throwing error by the Bulldog catcher put runners on second and third before junior Michael Paulson put down a safety squeezed that allowed Rust to cross the plate.
The Bulldogs scored a run on two hits in the bottom of the sixth, but NM State answered quickly posting three runs on two hits and an error in the top of the seventh. Two of the three runs came via a fielding error by the La. Tech shortstop that allowed Rust and senior Parker Hipp to score. Rust got on with a double before Hipp was intentionally walked. Rust was the only Aggie to post an RBI in the inning as he brought in Medina, who go on with a lead-off single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Quinnton Mack.
After today’s league game win NM State moves into a tie for fourth with Sacramento State. If San Jose beats Texas State today, all four teams will be tied for third at 8-7.