NM State Baseball Drops Both Games of Doubleheader
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/15/2014
Davis, Calif. – The New Mexico State baseball team mustered just one-run on the day against UC Davis, falling in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies lost to UC Davis, 5-1 and 4-0. NM State is now 8-11 on the season, while UC Davis improves to 11-9 on the year.

As a team, the Aggies combined to score just one run on 12 hits in both games, while the Aggie pitching staff gave up nine runs on 16 hits, striking out nine UC Davis batters.

In game one, the Aggies had just five hits, scoring one run. Umphres and Noyer led the Aggies will two hits each, as Umphres was 2-of-5 with an RBI, while Noyer went 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring the lone Aggie run. Paulson recorded the only other Aggie hit in the game.

Starting pitcher Billy Conard threw six full innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, three of the four runs were earned. Conard did strike out five UC Davis batters during his six innings of work but still took the loss, moving to 1-2 on the season.

Trey Higginbotham faced two batters after relieving Conard, giving up one run, before Matt Moriarty finished out the game for NM State, going two innings, allowing one hit and striking out two batters.

The Aggies lone run came in the top of the fifth inning. Down 2-0,, Noyer led off the fifth with a single to center field, advancing to second on a sac bunt by Michael Medina. Umphres then singled down the left field line, scoring Noyer from second base. NM State was within one run at 2-1 after five innings of play.

The Aggies would leave three base runners in the top of the fifth and 11 total for the game.

UC Davis would add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and one run in the bottom of seventh, giving them a 5-1 advantage.  NM State would record just one hit over the next three innings, falling in game one, 5-1.

The Aggie offense stalled in game two, scoring no runs in nine innings, grabbing just seven hits in the game. Medina led NM State at the plate, going 2-for-4, while Blackstone, Kristoffer Koerper, Joseph Koerper, Kyle Kilgore and Michael Paulson each had a hit in the game.

Robert Kraft started game two for NM State, throwing seven and a third innings, allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out two batters. Kraft is now 1-2 on the year. Zach Freeman saw two-thirds of an inning in the eighth, allowing one hit.

Going into the bottom of the fourth inning the game was scoreless, but UC Davis would score one run in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 2-0 advantage over NM State. The Aggies would continue to struggle at the plate over the next three innings. In the sixth, NM State hit three straight singled with two outs but couldn’t push a run across the plate.

In the seventh and eighth the only NM State player to reach base would be Kristoffer Koerper, who reached on a walk, as the score remained 2-0 in favor of UC Davis. Then in the bottom of the eighth, UC Davis scored two more runs to increase their lead to 4-0.

The Aggies went down in order in the ninth, falling in game two, 4-0.

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