Aggies Fall in Series Finale to Split Series
POSTED: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 10:36pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (32-16, 7-9 WAC) lost the series finale 19-11 to Sacramento State (17-33, 4-12 WAC) at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 8.
NM State falls two games under .500 in league play after the series split with the Hornets, while Sacramento State remains in last place in the WAC. Although the Aggies posted 17 hits on the afternoon, they also committed five errors and allowed 19 Sacramento State hits.
Reliever Riley Bevill was credited as he was on the mound for NM State when the Hornets regained the lead in the seventh inning. The Aggies were up 8-7 heading into the seventh inning but a Sac State nine-run inning blew the game open and lead to the Aggies 16th loss of the year.
"We had a chance to put ourselves in a good position heading into next weeks series at Fresno State, but we didn't do enough to get it taken care of this weekend," head coach Rocky Ward said.
Sacramento State scored three runs in the top of the first inning taking an early 3-0 lead. An infield RBI by Aggie third baseman Zach Voight cut the Hornet lead to 3-1 after two innings of play and the game was tied at four after three innings. Senior Ryan Aguayo and juniors Ty Forney and Tanner Waite each added RBIs in the inning to tie the game.
The Hornets posted three more runs on the board in the fourth with the inning filled with two wild pitches and an error to help the Sac State offensive cause. NM State answered back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs on five hits.
Sacramento State tallied 12 runs from the sixth to the ninth inning with nine runs coming in the seventh. NM State tried to put up one last rally with three runs crossing the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
NM State heads back out on the road to face nationally ranked Fresno State in a four-game series starting, Thursday, May 12 in Fresno, Calif.