LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning but couldn't complete the comeback falling 8-6 in the series finale at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 9.
Fresno State jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one-half inning of play, but starting pitcher freshman Ryan Beck settled down and didn't allow a single Bulldog to cross the plate in the second, third, fourth or fifth innings. As Beck and the Aggie defense slowed down Fresno's offense, NM State was able to put up a run in the fourth, three in fifth and two in the sixth to make it a tie ballgame.
Beck finished the game throwing 5.2, striking out sixth batters while giving up only one run. Because he wasn't in the game when Fresno State regained the lead he wasn't charged with the loss. Senior DJ Simon, who came in for 2.2 innings of relief was given the loss because he gave up the go ahead run in the eighth inning and is now 4-4 on the season.
The Aggies are still atop the Western Athletic Conference standings at 13-6-1 in league play, just a half game ahead of Fresno State who is 11-5 in conference.
The NM State attempted comeback started in the fourth inning when senior utility player smashed an RBI single through left side. The momentum continued for the Aggies with senior Leo Aguirre marking a double down the right field for two RBI, while senior Kyle Decater posted a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Aguirre continues to hit the ball well for NM State with a .413 batting average on the year.
Senior Nate Shaver and junior Ryan Aguayo hit singles for RBIs to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Both Wade Reynoso and Wes Starkes laid down sacrifice bunts to put Aggies in scoring position allowing Shaver and Aguayo to bring in the runners.
NM State heads back out on the road taking on Hawai'i in Honolulu, Hawai'i, May 13-16. For more information on the Aggies fans should go to www.NMStateSports.com.