Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

NM State sees its Cinderella postseason run end with loss to Vanderbilt

From NMSU Athletics

The Basics

Game Two—NCAA Corvallis Regional
Score: Vanderbilt 21, NM State 1
records: NM State (24-34, 10-20 WAC); Vanderbilt (37-22; 14-16SEC)
Location: Corvallis, Ore. (Goss Stadium)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The clock struck midnight on NM State baseball’s Cinderella run through the postseason. Falling 21-1 to Vanderbilt, the Aggies were eliminated from the Corvallis Regional and will head back to Las Cruces as the WAC Champions.

The Aggies got a run in the third inning on a single from Kevin Jimenez. The NM State graduate singled to center, plating Cal Villareal before advancing to second on a throwing error.

Other than that, it was all Commodores. The national powerhouse dominated for the duration of the contest. Vanderbilt jumped out to a four-run lead before the Jimenez RBI single. The Commodores proceeded to pour on 17 unanswered runs to close out the game.

As the game progressed into the final innings, head coach Mike Kirby and pitching coach Keith Zuniga gave the Aggie seniors an opportunity to be recognized on a national stage. All four seniors – Tommy Tabak, Lyle Hibbitts, Brendon Rodriguez, and Frank Dickson IV – all saw action in one last game for the Crimson and White. Kirby gave Tabak, Jimenez, and Villareal a chance to be recognized by the fans with a few mid-inning substitutions.

The Aggies conclude the season with a 24-34 record. NM State advanced to the NCAA Tournament after posting a perfect 4-0 record in Mesa to win the WAC Tournament.

Quick hits

  • Nolan Funke was the lone Aggies to record multiple hits while also posting the only extra-base hit for NM State.
  • Seven different pitchers made an appearance for NM State.
  • Tommy Tabak, Brendon Rodriguez, Lyle Hibbitts, and Frank Dickson IV played their final games for NM State on Saturday.
  • The trip to the postseason was the sixth in NM State history.
  • Saturday’s game was the first ever meeting between the Commodores and Aggies.

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