The New Mexico State baseball team saw a five run lead evaporate over the course of three innings on Sunday as they dropped the final game of a three game conference series with Sacramento State 10-7.
The Aggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Zac Fisher RBI double that drove in Parker Hipp and Zach Voight. The Aggies added to the lead in the fourth inning scoring three runs on a Tanner Rust two-out RBI double that scored Kyle Phillips who hit a one-out double two batters earlier. Cody Edwards followed with a home run to left field to give the Aggies a 5-0 lead. Tanner Waite and Bryan Karraker would hit back-to-back singles but would be stranded as Parker Hipp flied out to end the inning.
After holding the Hornets scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, Sacramento State got on the board in the fifth with a two-run home run to cut the Aggies' lead to 5-2. Tim Torsney took the mound for the Aggies replacing starter Michael Ormseth who allowed two runs on four hits. The Hornets would take immediate advantage of the change getting back-to-back hits to start the inning. Trey Ross would come in to replace Torsney but would give up a fielder's choice and the first Hornet run of the inning would cross on a throwing error by Ross. Randy Montoya would replace Ross but would give up an RBI single cutting the Aggies' lead to 5-4. Robert Roher replaced Montoya but also gave up an RBI single to tie the game at 5-5. The Hornets added one more run in the inning to take a 6-5 lead.
The Aggies would put runners on first and second with one out in the seventh but were unable to plate any runs. Sacramento State continued to put pressure on the Aggie pitching staff adding four more runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 10-5 lead as Robert Kraft would be summoned from bullpen to record the final out of the seventh.
The Aggies pushed two runs across in the eighth to cut the deficit to 10-7 as they loaded the bases with one out and Parker Hipp singled to driven a pair of runs but Zach Voight would fly out and Zac Fisher would ground out ending any hopes for more runs.
The Aggies used three pitchers in the eighth to hold the Hornets scoreless keeping the deficit at three runs but the Aggies would go in order in the top of the ninth sealing the loss.
The Aggies drop to 4-2 in WAC play and wrap up the four-game series with Sacramento State with a non-conference tilt against the Hornets on Monday.