Aggie Baseball Falls To Seattle 10-9 In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After being down 5-1 after the first inning, New Mexico State (25-20, 13-6) fought all the way back, but ultimately came up short 10-9 against Seattle U (29-16, 16-3) in an 10-inning thriller on Friday.

Seattle U came out white hot to start the game, leading off with a single to center field. Two back-to-back base hits led to both runs scoring on a single to left field. A double to left center scored another run. A single down the left field line scored the fourth and fifth runs of the inning for the Redhawks.

NM State looked to cut into the lead as they came to the plate for the first time in the bottom half of the inning. After watching a pitch for a ball, Daniel Johnson unloaded on the next pitch, sending it over the wall in right for his sixth home run in five games.

The Redhawks padded their lead in the second as they led off with a double down the left field line. A single to third brought the run home, putting Seattle up 6-1.

The Aggies kept chipping away in the home half, as L.J. Hatch led off with a double to right center. Trey Stine brought him home with a double of his own to center field. After scoring six runs in two innings, Marcel Renteria and Matthew McHugh kept the Redhawks scoreless through the next four innings.

In the third inning, NM State cut the deficit to two runs as Greg Popylisen beat out a hard hit ball to the shortstop, proceed to steal second during the next at-bat. On a 3-1 count, Austin Botello belted a two-run round-tripper to straight away center, putting the score at 6-4.

The Aggies finally tied the game in the fifth, as Daniel Johnson blasted another leadoff home run to right, his 11th of the season. Greg Popylisen singled to center, and proceeded to steal his second bag of the night during the next at-bat. Mason Fishback brought in Popylisen with a double to right center, tying the game at six runs apiece.

The Redhawks retook the lead in the seventh, as they led off with back-to-back base hits. A double down the left field line scored two runs, with the second run scoring on an E7.

NM State would not go down quietly, however as Greg Popylisen singled up the middle. Austin Botello put runners on the corners with a base hit of his own up the middle. Dan Hetzel grounded out to short, but scored Popylisen. Mason Fishback dropped a ball into left center for base hit, scoring Botello and retying the game at eight runs apiece.

The Aggies took their first and only lead of the night in the bottom of the eighth, as Joseph Koerper singled to right and advanced to second on an E9. Trey Stine drew a full count walk. Brent Sakurai reached on a fielder’s choice, with Stine out at second. During the next at-bat, Koerper scored on a wild pitch, putting NM State up 9-8.

Unfortunately for the Aggies, the rest of the game was all Redhawks as Brock Carpenter unleashed on a pitch for a solo shot to left that tied the game and forced extra innings. In extras, Seattle scored the winning run on a double of the wall in left center.

This was only the second extra inning game the Aggies have played this season, and was the first at home.

The two teams are back at it for the second game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.