BELLEVUE, Wash. – The New Mexico State baseball team fell to 12-13 in Western Athletic Conference play after falling 15-2 to Seattle U at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash., Thursday, May 16. NM State is now 27-25 on the year, while Seattle moves to 20-32 and 9-15 in league play.
The Aggies avoided the shutout in the top of the seventh after senior Kyle Phillips got on with a single up the middle before coming in on a double down the right field line by Taylor Noyer. Alex Foulon came to the plate and extended the inning by getting on with an error by the Redhawk shortstop. Noyer eventually crossed the plate on a wild-pitch to make the score 15-2.
Seattle scored 15 runs on 16 hits and committed one error while the Aggies tallied two runs on six hits and tallied three errors. Phillips finished the day going 1-of-3 with a run scored while Noyer went 1-of-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
“There isn’t much to say about today’s game,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “It wasn’t our day and we just have to put this behind us and get after it tomorrow. The guys who hit, hit the ball hard and now we just have to come back and put some hits together.”
Senior Parker Hipp broke the school record for games played marking the 208thgame played at NM State. He surpassed Andre Champagne who played 207 games from 1995-98. Hipp is also No. 2 in the Aggie record books with 715 at-bats. Champagne leads that category with 248 at-bats on his career.
NM State takes on Seattle U in game two of the three-game series, Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. (MT). Fans can listen to the action on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces or online at www.NMStateSports.com.