Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Aggies swept by Cal Baptist

From NMSU Athletics

The Basics

Game Forty Four
Score: NM State 6, California Baptist 12
records: NM State (18-26, 8-16 WAC); California Baptist (29-15; 15-9 WAC)
Location: Riverside, Calif. (James W Totman Stadium)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The weekend woes continued for NM State baseball on Sunday as an early lead slipped away for the third loss of the weekend.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over California Baptist. After Brandon Dieter opened the game with his 12th double of the season, he scored on a throwing error by the Lancer catcher. Tommy Tabak bounced into a fielder’s choice, scoring Gunner Antillon from third. In one of the most impressive plays of the season for the Aggies, Logan Gallina stole home in a double steal, giving NM State its third run of the inning.

After California Baptist got a run back in the bottom of the first, NM State pushed a run across in the second inning to push the lead back to three. Dieter lifted his fourth sacrifice fly of the season to center field, scoring Cal Kilgore.

With the Aggies leading 4-1, the resilient California Baptist offense exploded once again. Scoring 11 unanswered runs, the Lancers ran away with the Sunday contest. The Aggies scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings but it was too little, too late.

Quick hits

  • Sammy Natera made his first appearance on the mound since March 18 at Dixie State. Natera struck out two in 1.0 innings of work.
  • Five of NM State’s six hits went for extra bases, including a pair of doubles from Kyle Westfall.
  • The two teams combined to throw 13 pitchers in Sunday’s contest. The Aggies threw Natera, Lyle Hibbits, Noah Estrella, Alex Bustamante, Hayden Johns, and Kaden Palmer.
  • As a team, the Aggies issued ten free passes in the series finale.

on deck
The road swing will continue for the Aggies as they head to Albuquerque on Tuesday night to take on New Mexico. First pitch against the in-state rival will be thrown at 6 pm.

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