SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The New Mexico State baseball team scored four runs in the first two innings of play but lost 6-4 to UTSA at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday, May 12. The Aggies are now 27-24 this season and fall back to .500 in Western Athletic Conference play at 12-12. UTSA jumps NM State in the WAC standings at 12-11.
Lead-off hitter Michael Medina scored a run in the top of the first after he got on with a double and advanced to third on a single by junior Tanner Rust. Senior Bobby Lecount helped Medina to score on a sacrifice fly to centerfield for his 66th RBI of the year.
The Aggies allowed two runs in the bottom of the first on three hits and an error to fall behind 2-1, but NM State regained the lead when it scored three runs on three hits, a walk, and an error in the top of the second. First baseman Joseph Koerper got on base with a single up the middle and moved over to second on a wild pitch. He would eventually score on a throwing error by the UTSA pitcher. Rust picked up two RBI in the inning on a single to leftfield giving the Aggies a 4-2 lead.
NM State held the Roadrunners scoreless in the second and third but allowed a run to cross the plate in the fourth on a wild pitch. A scoreless fifth inning, which included an outstanding diving catch by senior Kyle Phillips, was followed by a three-run inning by UTSA that started with a solo home run. One run scored on a single and the other crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to left.
“It was difficult to hit the ball out of the ballpark today because of the winds and I warned the guys about that in batting practice,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “We had only about two or three ground outs and the rest were either pop-ups or fly-outs and that is the frustrating part of it. I tip my hat to UTSA as they played well all weekend.”
NM State finished the day out-hitting the Roadrunners 9-7 as each team marked one error. Both teams used four pitchers while senior right-hander Casey Collins was credited with the loss and falls to 5-5. He allowed three runs in 2.0 innings of work. Senior Evan Mott finished the game working 2.1 innings, striking out four and not allowing a hit.
The Aggies look forward to a three-game series with Seattle U in Seattle, Wash. to wrap up regular season play. The series starts on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) and can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.
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