Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
RENO, NV - The New Mexico State baseball team (27-13, 5-7 WAC) was swept in a four-game series for the first time in Western Athletic Conference play this season as it lost to Nevada (15-20, 4-3 WAC) 8-3 at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev., Saturday, April 23.
The Aggies struggled to score throughout the series against Nevada this weekend and things weren't too different in the series finale. NM State posted its three runs on eight hits, but three errors also hurt the Aggies. The Wolf Pack scored eight times on eight hits as seven other runners reached base by either a walk or by being hit by a pitch.
NM State was averaging 10.08 runs per game heading into the series with Nevada, but tallied only six runs on 26 hits throughout the weekend in Reno.
The Aggies took the first lead of the game when junior outfielder Bryan Karraker scored on a single by junior infielder Tyler Forney in the top of the second. That lead didn't last long as Nevada posted two runs in the bottom of the inning.
NM State didn't respond in the top of the third going 3-up-3-down before the Wolf Pack posted four more runs on the board to take a 6-1 lead. The Aggies cut the lead to 6-2 in the top of the fifth when junior Tanner Waite posted his 26th RBI of the year. Waite continues to lead the Aggies offensively with a .440 batting average on the year.
Nevada scored its final runs of the weekend in the bottom of the fifth crossing the plate twice to go up 8-2. The Aggies touched the plate one more time when pinch hitting freshman Tanner Rust posted an RBI triple in the top of the eighth.
The Aggies take a break from league play next week when they head to Seattle, Wash. to face Seattle University.