Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The New Mexico State baseball team (8-5) lost 6-4 to Nebraska (5-4) after leading the Cornhuskers for eight innings in day two of the Dairy Queen Classic, March 3.
Starting pitcher Ryan Beck challenged the Huskers going eight innings and striking out four batters. He allowed one run in the bottom of the second and another in the fourth, but was otherwise very efficient on the mound. Beck's efficiency included him retiring 14-of-18 batters from the fourth to eighth inning. He finished the seventh inning with an amazing dive-scoop-and-toss play that is almost indescribable.
Senior closer Scott Coffman was credited with the loss after giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a two-run walk off home run with two outs on the board.
NM State scored its four runs in the top of the second inning after designated hitter Cody Edwards led off with a triple to right-field. Senior left fielder Tanner Waite got on base with a walk and third baseman Bobby Lecount picked up his 12 RBI of the year on a single down the left-field line that scored Edwards. Senior right fielder followed Lecount with an RBI double down the right-field line. Junior second baseman Parker Hipp would bring in the Aggies' final run on a sacrifice fly to left field that brought in Karraker.
The Aggies scored their four runs on seven hits, while Nebraska scored six runs on 11 hits. NM State used just two pitchers, while the Huskers went through seven pitchers with right-hander Pierce picking up his first win of the year.