NMSU Baseball Falls To Sacramento State 7-3 In Game Two

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Western Athletic Conference opponent Sacramento State in game two of a three-game series on Friday night at Presley Askew Field. An early barrage of runs from the Hornets put the Aggies in an early hole that they were not able to climb out of as they fell, 7-3.

Friday night’s matchup saw NM State (16-11, 3-2 WAC) starter Justin Dehn take on Sacramento State (10-14, 1-1 WAC) ace Parker Brahms. Each team got a runner in scoring position in the opening frame but failed to cross the plate.

Then the Hornets struck first in the top of the second. Following a batter being plunked, Sac State had runners on first and second with two outs. During the next at-bat an attempted steal of third base saw a throw go errant which allowed both runners to score and the Aggies trailed 2-0.

Sacramento State added to this lead in the following inning when a double to left center plated one run. The next batter knocked a single to the outfield to bring home the runner from second to put NM State in a 4-0 hole.

The Hornets added to the Aggies deficit in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and second. A double to the gap plated both runners and the NM State deficit grew to 6-0 through four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies were able to get on the board. Caleb Henderson knocked a single to right field to put runners on the corners with no outs in the frame. Nick Gonzales then followed up with a sacrifice fly to deep center to bring in the first run for NM State.

The score remained at 6-1 following a scoreless sixth inning. Then each side struck in the seventh. Sac State loaded the bases with one out following a hit batter. The next batter grounded out to the infield but was able to bring in one run and put the Aggies down 7-1.

NM State looked to chip away at the deficit in the bottom half of the inning. Marcus Still laced a single through the right side to load the bases with one out. Joey Ortiz then stepped to the plate and roped a single up the middle that scored a pair of runs and the Aggies trailed by just four, 7-3, through seven.

Solid relief pitching for NM State kept Sacramento State scoreless over the final two innings, but the Aggie bats could not get going to get out of the hole and at night’s end the Crimson & White fell, 7-3.

The game two loss has knotted the series up at 1-1 for New Mexico State and the series deciding finale against Sacramento State is set for 11 a.m. MT on Saturday, March 31, at Presley Askew Field.