The New Mexico State baseball team won a school record 13th consecutive game as they overcame a 6-5 deficit in the top of the ninth to top regional rival Texas Tech 7-6. Aggie senior closer Scott Coffman notched his fifth save of the season as he struck out the side part of five consecutive strikeouts to end the game for the Aggie pitching staff. Tyler Mack pitched 1.1 innings in relief and picked the victory for the Aggies to improve to 2-1.
After two scoreless innings by both teams the Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Tanner Rust led off the inning with a double to right center. Rust moved to third on a sacrifice and was brought home by Tanner Waite who grounded out to the shortstop.
The Aggies would surrender the lead in the bottom of the inning as starter Ryan Beck would put the first two batters on. After a sacrifice bunt, Beck would give up a walk to load the bases. After striking out Scott LeJeune for the second out of the inning he would give up a two RBI single to Bo Altobelli as the Red Raiders would take a 2-1 lead.
The Aggies tied the game in the top of the fourth as Zac Voight doubled with one out and came around to score with two outs on a Robert Lecount single back up the middle. Texas Tech would answer and retake the lead scoring twice after two of the first three batters walked. Brennan Moore would single to load the bases with one out and a Jamodrick McGruder double would drive in a pair of runs. The Aggies would get out of the inning as Moore would get thrown out at home trying to advance on a wild pitch as Zac Fisher flipped the ball to Beck who was covering home. Beck would follow with a strikeout to get out of the inning.
The Aggies would come back in the top of the fifth and score three runs as Tanner Waite and Bryan Karraker would draw a pair of one-out walks. Parker Hipp would double down the right field line to score Waite. Zac Voight would hit a ground ball to the second baseman who would have the ball carom under his glove for an error scoring both Hipp and Karraker. Fisher would single to put runners at the corners but Kyle Phillips would hit into an inning-ending double play.
Continuing the seesaw battle, the Red Raiders would get a leadoff home run off Ryan Beck in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 5-5 and then in the bottom of the sixth they would get back-to-back singles with one out to chase Ryan Beck from the game. Randy Montoya would come in and dive up an RBI double giving the Red Raiders a 6-5 lead. Montoya would intentionally walk the next batter to load the bases and he would give way to Trey Ross who would come in and get a ground ball fielder's choice as the Aggies would force out the runner at home. Ross would then get Altobelli to line out to Lecount at third to get out of the inning with no further damage.
The Aggies would load the bases with two out in the top of the seventh but fail to score and in the bottom of the seventh Texas Tech would return the favor loading the bases as Michael Ormseth would come in to pitch the seventh but give up a double, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a hit batsmen. Freshman Robert Kraft would come in to relieve Ormseth and Kraft would strike out McGruder for the second out of the inning. Tyler Mack would then coe in and strike out Tim Proudfoot on three pitches to get the Aggies out of the jam.
Neither team would score in the eighth as the Aggies went down in order and Tyler Mack would work around a leadoff bunt single as he struck out the final two batters of the inning.
The Aggies would go into the top of the ninth trailing 7-6 but with the top of the order due up. Tanner Waite would start the inning with a single back up the middle just over the outstretched pitching hand of Shane Broyles. The Red Raiders would make a pitching change bringing in Trey Masek to face Bryan Karraker who would battle Masek for 10 pitches before drawing a walk. Parker Hipp would then drop down a sacrifice bunt down the first base line advancing the runners to second and third and Zac Voight would following with a sacrifice fly to deep right field to bring in Waite. Zac Fisher would step to the plate and deliver a base hit scoring Karraker and giving Fisher his nation-leading 43rd RBI.
The Aggies would turn to Coffman in the bottom of the ninth and he would deliver three strikeouts to end the game.
The Aggies improve to 22-8 on the season and have won 13 in a row and have a week off before facing in-state rival New Mexico in the third game of the season-long four game series.