NMSU Baseball Loses 2-1 On Walk Off Home Run Against No. 4 Texas Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MIDLAND, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team traveled to Midland, Texas for a midweek clash with No. 4 Texas Tech at Security Bank Ballpark on Tuesday. The Aggies went up early and carried a tie ballgame into the ninth before a walk off home run from the Red Raiders saw the Crimson & White fall, 2-1.

NM State (16-13) started Matthew Perea in the midweek contest against Ryan Sublette on the mound for Texas Tech (24-6). Perea held the Red Raiders hitless and had five strikeouts through the first three innings before the Aggies jumped on the board.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Trey Stine roped a double to left centerfield. In the next at-bat Caleb Henderson knocked a single through the right side to score Stine and put NM State on top 1-0.

In the fifth inning, the Aggies threatened to add to their lead. With runners on first and second, a walk loaded the bases with two outs in the frame. Standing 90 feet from home plate was the closest NM State would get, however, as a lineout to left closed out the scoreless top half.

Texas Tech also threatened in the fifth forcing a second pitching change in the frame with two runners on and no outs. Alex Pinedo came in from the pen and was able to force a fly out, followed by a 4-6-3 double play to keep the Red Raiders off the board.

The Aggies one run lead lasted until the bottom of the seventh inning. Tech led off with a double to left center and a walk followed to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, the Red Raiders saw a single through the right side bring home one run and tie the game up 1-1.

NM State looked to regain the lead in the next half inning when a single from David Bellamy put a pair of runners on with two outs. During the next at-bat a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. A walk then loaded the bases but the runners did not advance with a fly ball to right field ending the top of the eighth.

This tie ballgame continued into the final inning before Texas Tech led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off solo home run and NM State fell to the nationally ranked Red Raiders, 2-1. The Aggie bats outhit the opposition, 7-4, and saw seven players reach base but it was not enough in the one run midweek loss.

New Mexico State now remains on the road for a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference opponent CSU Bakersfield, April 6-8.