Aggies Fall To Bakersfield 7-6 In WAC Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA New Mexico State came up just short on Friday as they fell to CSU Bakersfield. The Aggies’ bullpen pitched well enough to get the win, as Chris Butcher, Ruger Rodriguez and Joe Galindo combined to only allow one hit and strike out six ‘Runners in five innings. Rodriguez, a native of Los Chaves, N.M., punched out four CSUB batters, setting a new career high.

The Roadrunners started off hot with a leadoff single up the middle. Another base hit put runners on the corners. The first run of the game came in on a double to left. The second run scored on a groundout to short. They would score two more in the second inning, with both runs coming in on a single through the left side.

The Aggies got on the board in the fourth inning as Daniel Johnson led off with a single up the middle, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Austin Botello put runners on the corners with a single to right center. Botello stole second during the next at bat. Dan Hetzel hit a sac fly to shallow right to score Johnson. Joseph Koerper was hit by a pitch. Mason Fishback drove in Botello with a ground out to third to pull the Aggies within two runs of the lead.

Bakersfield would have none of it, as they increased their lead to five runs in the home half. The first run came in on a single to right field. The second run came in on a base hit through the left side of the infield. The third run came in on a sac fly to center, putting the ‘Runners up 7-2.

The Aggies would pull within three runs in the fifth as Brent Sakurai drew a four-pitch walk. Greg Popylisen beat out a chopper to third for a base hit. Both runners moved into scoring position on a balk. Daniel Johnson scored Sakurai on a sac fly to center. Austin Botello scored Popylisen with a single to right center. NM State cut the lead to one in the sixth as Joseph Koerper, Mason Fishback, L.J. Hatch and Trey Stine hit four consecutive base hits.

The Aggies would make it a one run game in the eighth as L.J. Hatch led off with a towering solo shot to right. This was Hatch’s second round-tripper of the season.

The two teams are back at it tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.