TUCSON - The New Mexico State baseball team (0-3) got another good outing from its pitching staff but fell just short of a victory, losing 2-1 in 10 innings to Missouri (2-1) in the final day of play at the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 21.
NM State starter Dan Reid (Nasonworth, Neb.) worked six innings and struck out seven batters, while the only run he gave up was unearned. Sophomore Scott Coffman (Albuquerque, N.M.) was credited with the loss after he came in and threw for 1 2/3 innings while being charged with the run that crossed the plate in the bottom of the 10th.
Coffman walked two Tiger hitters before they were moved into scoring position on a fielder's choice. After another Missouri batter was walked the final Aggie pitcher of the day threw the ball inside enough on the Tiger batter to hit him allowing the final run to score without a chance to get the out.
"We got what we expected to get out of Dan Reid and we are very disappointed that we couldn't give him the run support," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We are excited to see the offense come alive and this was a good experience for us early in the year, with 54 games left. I thought the pitching in this tournament was excellent overall."
The Aggies as a team finished the weekend with a 2.36 ERA and gave up only seven earned runs to teams that come out of strong conferences.
Seniors Mike Sodders (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and Nate Shaver (The Dalles, Ore.) were the only two players with multiple RBI on the weekend, while senior Wade Reynoso (Redwood City, Calif.) tallied highest average in the three games finishing with .400 batting average going 4-of-10 at the dish.
NM State has six games at home this week starting with a two-game series against the University of the Southwest. The first game is scheduled, Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Presley Askew Field. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. (MT) with live stats available at www.NMStateSports.com.