Stefan Pitches Gem But Baseball Falls 3-2
April 19, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Jeb Stefan threw seven innings of one-run ball but a two-out, two-run ninth inning rally gave the Aggies of New Mexico State (28-11, 5-2 WAC) a 3-2 victory over Louisiana Tech (17-20, 1-6 WAC) on Thursday evening at Presley Askew Field.
A costly error allowed the Aggies to tie the game at 2-2 and advance Tanner Waite to third base. With Waite 90 feet away from home, Parker Hipp hit a walk-off single to give NMSU the one-run victory in game one of a three-game set.
"We've been through four one-run losses," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "We played a magnificent game and played great defense and these guys are fighting hard."
Stefan allowed just five hits in the no-decision for his second consecutive quality start and his 129 pitches were the most the right-hander has thrown since April 30, 2009 (at Hawai'i).
Caleb Dudley (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after allowing two runs - both unearned - in 1.1 innings while striking out two. Scott Coffman (2-1) picked up his second win of the season as the right-hander struck out three in two innings.
Sam Alvis went 2-for-5 from the plate for his ninth multi-hit game of the season as the sophomore outfielder's RBI double in the seventh gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead while freshman Bre'shon Kimbell singled twice in four plate appearances.
Alex Williams was 1-for-4 at the dish with his lone hit clearing the right field fence for his 10th home run of the year. Austin Hedges, Tyler Qualls and Taylor Terrasas picked up one hit apiece as the Bulldogs totaled eight hits in the loss.
New Mexico State struck first as the Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
After a ground out for the first out of the sixth inning, Williams hit a 1-0 fastball down the right field line for his 32nd home run of his Bulldog career to tie the game at 1-1.
Taylor Terrasas led off the seventh inning with a double into the right center field gap and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Alvis plated Terrasas to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead on a two-out double as the Bulldogs scored in back-to-back innings to take a one-run lead.
The Aggies scored two runs with two outs in the ninth inning after both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Qualls to tie the game at 2-2. Second baseman Hipp singled to left field to give the Aggies the one-run victory.
"I want somebody back there who wants to take charge out there and try to end the game when they gave a guy dead to rights," said Simoneaux, referring to Qualls.
LA Tech returns to action tomorrow as freshman Phil Maton (5-4) takes the hill for the Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT and fans can follow the game via Game Tracker. Fans can also listen to Dave Nitz on the LA Tech Sports Network beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. CT.
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