NMSU Baseball Loses First WAC Game, Falls To Sacramento State In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Despite a nine-inning performance from Marcel Renteria, the New Mexico State baseball drop a thrilling 2-1 decision to Sacramento State Friday night in 12 innings.

How It Happened
After Renteria retired the first nine batters to start the game, Mason Fishback drew first blood for the Aggies when he hit a sac-fly to right field and gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead. The Hornets answered right back in their half of the frame when Sacramento State scored on a sac-fly of its own.

From there, it was a pitcher's duel between Renteria and Sacramento State's starting pitcher and pitching staff through nine innings of action.

The Aggies (21-13, 7-1 WAC) looked primed to score in the top half of the ninth when LJ Hatch led-off with a single up the middle. Fishback moved the middle-infielder into scoring position on a sac-bunt, but a pop up to short and strike out saw the both teams head into extra innings.

With Ruger Rodriguez in to pitch to start the 10th inning, Sacramento State (16-17, 4-7 WAC) put runners on first and second thanks to back-to-back walks but a grounded left the game tied at 1-1 through 10 frames.

Both teams went down in order in the 11th inning before NM State put runners on first and second with two outs in the 12th frame. However, a fielder's choice ended the inning which set up the game-winning score from the Hornets.

By the Numbers
NM State left 12 runners on the base and was just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position to Sacramento State's 2-of-7…Aggies were 4-for-12 wen leading off while the Hornets were just 2-for-12…NM State was 3-for-16 with two outs at the plate compared to Sacramento State, who went 0-for-11.

Up Next
The rubber match between the Aggies and Hornets is set for 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 15, at John Smith Field. Adam Young (@youngpbp) will have the call from the field while Johnathan Groff (4-4, 3.26 ERA) takes the mound. The southpaw for NM State will square off against Sacramento State's Max Karnos (0-4, 4.84 ERA) on Sunday.