Aggies Fall To UIW In High-Scoring Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team scored 13 runs on Sunday but lost to Incarnate Word in the rubber-match at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, March 1.

The Aggies fell 15-13 to the Cardinals and are now 1-10 on the season. NM State posted 13 hits on the day that included a home run from two-run home run from third baseman Derek Umphres in the fourth and a triple from centerfielder Quinton Mack in the seventh. Mack had the most productive day of all Aggie batters going 3-of-5 on the afternoon.

“It’s a tough loss but it all-in-all I think we are getting better,” head coach Brian Green said. “I want to thank all the fans for coming out again today. We all appreciate the support and need everyone to continue to come out and help us out.”

There were 888 fans in attendance at Sunday’s game and over 3,100 on the entire weekend.

Starting left-handed pitcher Trey Higginbotham worked 4.0 innings in a no-decision, while right-hand reliever Matt Moriarty falls to 0-2 after being credited with the loss. The Aggie pitching staff struggled as it combined for seven strikeouts and 13 walks while giving up 15 hits.

After falling behind 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning, NM State had a big six-run bottom of the fourth to take an 8-4 lead. UIW scored two runs in the top of the fifth and the Aggies responded with three run in the bottom of the inning with the help of first baseman Michael Paulson, who hit a two-RBI double.

The Aggies struggled after that allowing six walks with two wild pitches in the top of the six inning, which led to UIW scoring a total of six runs to go up 14-11. NM State crossed the plate twice during the bottom of the seventh making it a close ballgame at 13-12, but left the tying run on third in both the seventh and the eighth innings. NM State allowed a solo home run in the ninth as the Cardinals closed out the game and the series.

The Aggies head to Tucson, Ariz. to face the University of Arizona, Tuesday and Wednesday with game times set for 6 p.m. (MT) with radio coverage online at www.NMStateSports.com.

Colton Besett gave the Cardinals a 15-13 lead with a solo home run in the top of the ninth.