Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
MIDLAND, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team squared off against No. 4 Texas Tech on Tuesday night at Security Bank Ballpark. The Aggies grabbed the lead early but could not hang on as the Red Raiders got the win, 6-4.
How it happened
NM State (23-15, 8-1 WAC) sent right-hander Andy Frakes to the bump to open the contest against Texas Tech (32-8, 8-4 Big 12) freshman Jake McDonald.
Each team threatened to score in the opening inning with Brent Sakurai leading off the game with a double to left field to put himself in scoring position with no outs, but the Red Raiders escaped the inning. Then with two outs in the bottom half, Texas Tech’s clean-up hitter crushed a ball to deep left field but Austin Botello reached up and robbed a ball at the wall to hold the opponent scoreless in the first.
The opposition was able to start the scoring in the second after a triple to right field and an infield grounder scored a pair. NM State and Texas Tech each then went down one-two-three in the third.
The tides began to change in the fourth when LJ Hatch drew a walk with one out in the inning to load the bases. A wild pitch in the next at-bat then scored the man from third. Marcus Still followed that up with a single to center field to bring two more runs across the plate and give the team a 3-2 lead through four innings.
NM State added to their total in the fifth when a two-out knock to the second baseman was bobbled and a tough throw home allowed Sakurai to get in and put the Aggies up 4-2.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Texas Tech had a one-out rally which saw the opposition score three runs and take the lead. The Aggies then went to the bullpen with one out. A bases loaded single scored the Red Raiders fourth run of the inning before it was all over and NM State trailed 6-4 heading to the sixth.
Strong pitching for each club to close the game kept the score at 6-4 over the final four innings as NM State dropped the tight contest to nationally ranked Texas Tech.
Frakes (1-1) took the loss on the night and the Red Raiders Jacob Patterson (5-1) got the win. The Aggie offense finished the night with seven hits, led by Dan Hetzel with three base knocks and Sakurai added two of his own.
The New Mexico State baseball squad now returns home for a three-game weekend series against Northern Colorado, April 21-23. First pitch for the opening contest is slated for 6 p.m. MT at Presley Askew Field.