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NM State Falls 7-4 At No. 13 Texas Tech | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

NM State Falls 7-4 At No. 13 Texas Tech

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team (1-14) had the lead twice against No. 13 Texas Tech (12-4) but fell 7-4 at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas, Wednesday, March 11.

The Aggies were the first to score taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when shortstop Matt Evans picked up his first RBI of the year with a single to leftfield. Texas Tech took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning. The Aggies allowed Texas Tech to load the bases in the bottom of the third but a 5-3 double play helped to give NM State some momentum that seemed to carry over in the fourth inning.

NM State tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by second baseman Aaron Duran. Duran finished the day going 2-of-5 from the plate. The Red Raiders regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a fielder’s choice to go up 3-2. NM State tied the game again in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by right fielder Joseph Koerper that brought centerfielder Quinnton Mack across the dish. Mack got on base with a single with a lead-off single through the left side then advance to third by way of consecutive stolen bases. Mack is now 8-for-8 on stolen base attempts this season, which is tops in the Western Athletic Conference.

NM State took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth when left fielder Jay Sheely crossed the plate on a ground out to second base. Sheely got on base with a lead-off double to left-centerfield and advanced to third on a single by Evans. That lead didn’t last very long as the Red Raiders scored four runs on five hits and an error in the bottom of the sixth to go up by the score of 7-4. Neither team would score again although each team got into scoring position in two of the final three innings. The Aggies even had a runner on third in the ninth but couldn’t cross the plate move the runner across the plate.

The Aggies used seven pitchers and reliever Quentin Mansfield was credited with the loss moving to 0-1 on the year. Right-hander Zach Freeman worked 1.2 innings and had a great showing in the bottom of the seventh retiring Texas Tech in order. Texas Tech reliever Dalton Brown was given the win and is now 1-0 as he was in the game when TTU regained the lead.

NM State opens WAC play taking on Bakersfield in a three-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) in Las Cruces, N.M. That game will be aired online with Adam Young giving the play-by-play action. Saturday’s game versus Bakersfield starts at 1 p.m. (MT) and will be televised by AggieVision. It will air live on FOX Sports Arizona and be tape delayed on FOX College Sports Pacific, Sunday, March 15 1 a.m. (MT).