Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (31-20) took the season series-finale with the University of New Mexico (30-22) to extra innings but lost 12-10 on a walk-off home run at Isotopes Park, Tuesday, May 15.
The Lobo lead-off hitter got on with a single in the bottom of the 11th before the UNM catcher hit a two-run homer over the left-field wall to end the 4 hour, 16 minute baseball game.
The Aggies tallied 10 runs on 17 hits but gave up three errors, with two costly errors coming in the bottom of the eighth as UNM scored two unearned runs. The Lobos ended the night with 12 runs on 17 hits and marked one error.
The Aggies led 4-0 after two and a half inning but the Lobos overcame that and took a 7-4 lead after posting a five-run sixth inning.
"It was a good baseball game and we got a good outing from starter Tyler Mack," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We go down 7-4 in the fifth and gutted it out to get to our closer. We did a lot of good things and now we have to look forward to tomorrow's game with CSU-Bakersfield."
The Aggies went 3-1 against the Lobos this year as NM State won 16-12, March 6 and 7-5, April 3, in Las Cruces and 6-2, March 13, in Albuquerque. NM State was on a five-game winning streak against its in-state rival coming into the night and is now 140-81 all-time against the Lobos.
Mack struck out four batters in 4.2 innings but right-hander Jeff Neptune picked up the loss as he gave up the two runs in the 11th.
Sophomore first baseman Tanner Rust had a big game with the bat going 3-of-5 with his first home run of the year. He also picked up two RBI on the evening. Rust singled through the left side in the seventh to start a three-run rally that tied the game 7-7. With one out in the top of the eighth, Rust blasted a solo home run over the left-centerfield wall to give his team a 9-8 lead.
Both teams scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to take the game to extra innings at 10-10. Junior Robert Lecount scored from second after he got on by being hit by a pitch in the ninth. Rust was the Aggie hitter to bring in Lecount and tally his 21st RBI of the year.
After NM State was held scoreless in the top of the tenth, the Lobos left two runners aboard in the bottom of the inning to head to the 11th and final inning of the game.
Senior right-fielder Bryan Karraker had a good night at the plate going 4-of-6 at the dish with three RBI, a walk and a run scored, while senior left-fielder tallied a 2-of-5 night with two walks taking his season total to 62. He needs just one more to tie the Aggie single-season record.
The Aggies take on CSU-Bakersfield, Wednesday, May 16 at 7p.m. (MT) in Bakersfield, Calif.