NMSU Baseball Falls To Texas Tech 9-2 In NCAA Regional Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team played in its first NCAA Regional since 2012 and first ever outside of the state of Arizona as it took on host No. 9 Texas Tech on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on Friday afternoon to open the Lubbock Regional. The Red Raiders put up multiple runs in three innings and the Aggies could not climb out of the hole losing in the opener, 9-2.

NM State (40-21) started Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the Year and Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American Jonathan Groff against Texas Tech’s (40-17) Dylan Dusek in a battle of the southpaws. After the Aggies stranded a runner on third in the top of the first, the Red Raiders made some noise at the plate in the bottom half.

Following a ground out and a fly out, a single up the middle marked the first hit of the game for Texas Tech. Then a double to the gap in left center plated the first run of the game. This was followed by a two-run home run to right field that put the Aggies behind 3-0 at the end of the first.

After a scoreless second inning, it was NM State’s turn to get on the board. With two outs and an 0-1 count, Joey Ortiz turned on a curveball up in the zone that he sent flying over the wall in left field for a solo home run to put the Aggies deficit at just 3-1.

Then in the bottom of the third, the NM State hole grew as TTU added to its lead. The Red Raiders had two runners on when a base knock to left field scored one run and left two runners in scoring position. A sacrifice fly to right brought in the runner from third and the Aggies trailed 5-1 through three.

NM State then fell behind by a wider margin in the seventh. Texas Tech got its first run of the frame on a single through the left side that left two runners on with a pair of outs. A double off the wall in left center scored both runners and an RBI single capped off the Red Raiders scoring as the Aggies were down 9-1 at the end of the seventh.

The Crimson & White threatened in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Caleb Henderson knocked an RBI single up the middle to put a crooked number up for NM State, but a pop out and double play held the Aggies quiet as they left the bases juiced and still trailed 9-2.

This seven-run deficit stood through the final inning as the Aggies went down in order and lost their first game of the NCAA Regionals, 9-2, to the Red Raiders. Five different players for NM State registered at least one hit, while Ortiz and Henderson each added a pair and an RBI apiece.

New Mexico State now awaits the final of game two between Louisville and Kent State as the Aggies take on the loser of that contest on Saturday, June 2, at 1 p.m. MT on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.