LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team fell 14-7 to Chicago State, Thursday, May 15 at Presley Askew Field to fall to 19-28 overall and 10-12 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Cougars move to 16-35 on the year and 4-18 in league play.
NM State posted its seven runs on 11 hits and Chicago State crossed the plate 14 times on 16 hits, while both teams committed four errors. Starting left-handed pitcher Bob Kraft was credited with the loss and is now 2-4 on the year and Chicago State starter Nick Kostalek got the win to move to 4-2 this season. The Aggies left 10 runners on base and ended the evening using five pitchers.
Right-hand pitcher Quentin Mansfield made his ninth appearance of the season working a season-high 4.0 innings and striking out a season-high four batters. Mansfield, a native of Belen, N.M., entered the game in the top of the fifth and after a rough start, the righty would go on to hold the Cougars scoreless in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Sophomore right-hander Kevin Carswell wrapped up the game for the Aggies on the mound, working the ninth giving up just one hit while forcing CSU to hit into a double play.
Senior first baseman Kristoffer Koerper went 2-of-4 with a double batting with a wood bat for the second consecutive game. Sophomore shortstop Kent Blackstone had a great offensive day leading NM State with a 3-of-4 day at the plate with a walk, three runs scored, two RBI and a home run.
NM State took a 3-0 lead after getting three runs on three hits and two Cougar errors in the bottom of the second with catcher Taylor Noyer, outfielder Michael Medina and third baseman Derrick Umphres each picking up an RBI. Noyer’s RBI came on a ground out to the CSU shortstop, Medina hit an infield single for his RBI and Umphres picked up his team-high sixth sacrifice fly of the year for his 35th RBI. Umphres is second on the team in RBI this season, just behind Kristoffer Koerper who has 41.
NM State and the Cougars will face off in game two of the series on Friday, May 16 at 6:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces. Tickets can be purchased the day of the game at the entrance of the stadium or by calling 575-646-1420. Friday’s game is scheduled to air on the radio in Las Cruces on KGRT AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.