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Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State baseball team lost to in-state rival New Mexico, 14-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies are now 10-14 on the season while the Lobos improve to 17-8-1.
NM State managed seven hits on the day to the Lobos’ 17. Joe Koerper, the Aggies’ leading hitter, continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4, including his first long ball of the season, with two RBIs and a run scored. Koerper was the only Aggie with more than one hit. Three errors also hampered the NM State squad as seven of UNM’s 14 runs were unearned.
Aggie starter Kyle Kilgore was saddled with the loss after allowing eight runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings pitched. The NM State right-hander moves to .500 at 2-2 on the season.
The Lobos struck first with three run during their first at bat. After Kilgore struck out the first batter of the game, the next five UNM hitters would reach base, four on hits and another after Aggie first baseman Kris Koerper was charged with an error after hitting a Lobo runner while attempting to throw him out at second. UNM led 3-0 after half an inning.
After going down in order in the first, NM State tied up the game in the second. Designated hitter Ryan Wagner led off the inning with a single up the middle. Joe Koerper then came up and belted his homer over the left-field wall. Second baseman Jory Goldstrom followed with a double to right field and later scored the tying run on a groundout by shortstop Kent Blackstone.
NM State would take its first lead the following inning as Michael Paulson, who had led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, scored on a double by third baseman Derek Umphres. The Lobos, however, would come right back and tie the score again, 4-4, after picking up a run in the top of the fourth.
UNM would then double its run production in the top half of the fifth with four runs off of Kilgore. The Aggie starter allowed a home run and three singles through the first-five batters and was pulled with two outs in the inning. The Lobos led 8-4 midway through the contest.
UNM would score one more in the sixth before breaking the game wide open with five runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a double-digit lead at 14-4. The Lobo pitching staff would hold NM State scoreless during the final six innings.
The Aggies will now look forward to continuing Western Athletic Conference play with their first home-conference series, a three-game series versus Sacramento State at Presley Askew Field this weekend. The first game is scheduled for Friday, March 28, beginning at 6:05 p.m. (MDT) and will be televised live on the AggieVision network and will also be available on a live webcast on ESPN3.
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