March 8, 2011
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Lobos fell behind early to the Aggies Tuesday night and were never able to catch back up as they lost the rivalry game, 9-4.
New Mexico's starting pitcher Sam Wilson lasted four innings, surrendering four earned runs on five hits while striking out seven. Left fielder Andrew Lyon got to Wilson first as he got things started for New Mexico State, driving in the first run for the Aggies with a double down the left field line in the bottom of the second.
After each team put up zeros in the third inning, New Mexico State struck again as Zachary Voight brought in another three runs for the Aggies, giving them a 4-0 lead after four innings.
The Lobo bats came alive in the sixth inning as third baseman Quay Grant laced a two-run single into right field off NMSU starting pitcher Dan Reid, bringing the Lobos within four runs as they trailed 6-2. With the Lobos showing some fight, New Mexico State decided to pull Reid after he gave up two runs on six hits in six innings of work.
The Lobos were able to capitalize on some costly mistakes by the Aggies, as New Mexico plated another two runs in the eighth inning. With two out and two on, sophomore Jacob Nelson was brought in to pinch hit for freshman DJ Peterson. Nelson dug in against Aggies relief pitcher Gerardo Renteria, coming away with a single that brought in catcher Mitchell Garver, who reached on an error, for an unearned run, making the score 6-3 in the Aggies favor. In the next at bat, Renteria threw a wild pitch, bringing in outfielder John Michael Twitchell for an unearned run, closing the gap to 6-4 going into the bottom of the eighth.
Just as soon as the Lobos began their rally, the Aggies answered with three unearned runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth, extending their lead to 9-4. Head Baseball Coach Ray Birmingham was ejected in the inning after arguing with one of the umpire's over an error call on short stop Alex Albritton.
Unfortunately for the Lobos, they didn't have any answers in the ninth as they went down in order to close out the game, giving the Aggies the 9-4 victory. Wilson (0-1) suffers the loss for New Mexico, while Reid (2-0) picks up the win for the Aggies.
Next up for the Lobos is a three-game series against Oklahoma State University beginning at 5:30 p.m. MT on Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.