The Aggie baseball team notched their 13th consecutive victory yesterday rallying from a 6-5 deficit in the top of the ninth against Texas Tech to win 7-6. The Aggies trailed in the game 2-1, 4-2 and 6-5 but each time they fell behind they were able to answer. It was an interesting day on the mound for the Aggies as well. Aggie ace Ryan Beck didn't have dominating stuff by any means. He came into the game having walked just 10 batters in just over 40 innings pitched but gave up six walks in 5.1 innings, hit a batter, gave up a home run and allowed six earned runs. However, Beck also had seven strikeouts. He also had a wild pitch but that led to a Red Raider runner being thrown out at home plate. Trey Ross, Robert Kraft, Tyler Mack and Scott Coffman were all outstanding in their outings.
Ross came in with the bases loaded and one out, got a fielder's choice that allowed the Aggies to force out the runner at the plate and then got a line out to the third baseman to keep Texas Tech from scoring. Freshman Robert Kraft came in with the bases loaded and one out and got a strikeout and was replaced by Tyler Mack who came in with the bases loaded and two out and got a strikeout. Mack then pitched the next inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced and Scott Coffman was dominating striking out the side on 12 pitches and all three batters struck out swinging at Coffman's slider.
It was a significant win for the Aggies because it sets a new consecutive wins record at 13 and it improves the Aggies to 5-0 this season against their regional rivals, UNM (2-0), Arizona (2-0) and Texas Tech (1-0) and the Aggies still have two more against UNM and Texas Tech visits Las Cruces later in the season as well.
This Aggie ball club has the same feeling about it that last year's Aggie softball team had when they made their run through the WAC and WAC tournament. You just get the feeling that if the game is close heading into the final innings, the Aggies are going to find a way to win and much like the softball team last year, the Aggies can hurt you in the top of the lineup, in the middle of the lineup and at the bottom of the lineup (but of course it never hurts to have the top of the lineup coming up in the ninth when you're trailing).
The Aggies now have a weekend off and it probably couldn't come at a better time for the team. It's been a pretty grueling first half of the season. The Aggies have played an average five games per week since opening the season and this will provide a nice break before the Aggie jump into conference play next week (they also play New Mexico next Tuesday).
George Watson of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal recaps the Aggies' win.
The Texas Tech athletic website recaps the Aggies' win.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the Aggies' latest win.
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