The Aggie baseball team lost a heartbreaker last night in Albuquerque on a 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. The loss was the Aggies' ninth in their past ten game as the losses keep coming in new and interesting ways. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this late slide has been the Aggies have not played poorly. Last night, as has been the case throughout this losing stretch, they just were unable to capitalize on a few opportunities and saw the opposing team take advantage of a couple of Aggie miscues late. The Aggies led the game early 4-0 and then 4-2 but then fell behind 7-4 after a somewhat controversial safe call on a double-play ball that would have gotten the Aggies out of the inning leading 4-3 but instead four more runs came across after the called.
The Aggies rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh, led 9-7 in the top of the eighth and brought in closer Scott Coffman but gave up two runs after two errors on the Aggies (including one by Coffman) in the bottom of the eighth allowed UNM to tie the game, led again 10-9 but another error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the game-tying run to score.
This was a well played game but certainly one that the Aggies feel like slipped through their fingers. The Aggies left the bases loaded in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and really could have blown the game open with a couple of base hits in there.
The one bright spot for the Aggies is that their offense looks like it's starting to come around just in time for the final weekend of conference play and the conference tournament. After scoring two runs or fewer in five straight games, the Aggies have put together a seven run and a ten run game and have 30 base hits in the last two games. The key to them winning games again will be their ability to start hitting getting those hits with runners in scoring position.
The Aggies have a quick turnaround as they face Cal State-Bakersfield tonight at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) in Bakersfield before heading on to San Jose to close out the regular season with a three game series starting Friday.
Last night was a bad night for WAC teams as all three teams in action lost. The Aggies and Louisiana Tech both lost in extra innings and San Jose State lost to UC-Davis.
The UNM athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News discusses the Aggies' recruiting efforts.
Jason Groves blogs an interview with Aggie recruit Kevin Aronis.
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