Aggies Fall Short on Comeback; Lose 10-9 to Kent State
The New Mexico State baseball team lost its second consecutive game to Kent State University Saturday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. The 10-9 loss places the Aggies record at 9-8 for the season while Kent State improved to 7-4 on the year.
Kent State's one-run victory was aided by three Aggie errors on the night, all of which were made at crucial moments in the game and led to runs for Kent State.
NM State started off strong as the bats that were mostly silent the night before came alive early. The Aggies put up three runs in the first inning. The first two came on a single up the middle by Aggie shortstop Zach Voight which brought in lead-off hitter Tanner Waite and first baseman Kurt Snowley to score. Tanner Rust, who was the designated hitter for NM State, brought in the final run of the inning with a double to left-center field that brought Voight home.
The Aggies took a 4-0 lead after an RBI single by second baseman Parker Hipp in the bottom of the second.
Kent State answered back in the top of the third, however, with six runs on six hits and one crucial error. With a runner on first, Joe Koch hit a grounder to Hipp who made a high throw to first which Snowley couldn't handle. That opened the flood gates for the big inning. The next three batters for Kent State all got hits including a double by shortstop Jimmy Rider and another by David Lyon.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Aggies once again made a crucial error in the top half of the fifth. After retiring the first two batter in the inning, NM State starter Timothy Torsney gave a single and a walk to the next two batter to put runner on first and second. Torsney then struck out Kent State second baseman Sawyer Polen in what was to end the inning. Aggie catcher Zac Fisher, however, dropped the strike and then proceeded to throw the ball past the first baseman. The play led to another Kent State unearned run.
Kent State scored a couple more runs in the top of the seventh to take a 10-5 lead. The Aggies pushed for a comeback, scoring one run in their half of the seventh and another three in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead to one run. However, that is as close as NM State would get.
ent State right-handed pitcher Eric Dorsch came on in the ninth inning to close the game for Kent State and pick up his first save of the year in the process.
Saturday was supposed to be a doubleheader day, but it has been moved to Sunday, March 11, due to weather. First game on Sunday is scheduled to start at noon .