April 19, 2013
RUSTON, La. - New Mexico State scored three runs early on and never looked back as the visiting Aggies defeated Louisiana Tech, 10-4, Friday night in the series opener at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
New Mexico State (20-18, 6-7 WAC) led 4-1 after six innings of play before putting up six runs in the top of the ninth to extend its lead to nine. LA Tech (13-25, 2-11 WAC) added three runs in the bottom of the inning, but could not complete the comeback against the Aggies.
"I thought Ferguson pitched well tonight," head coach Wade Simoneaux. "Two swings of the bat could have been the difference in the ball game. I like the success we had in the last inning. These guys are not going to give up and really pull for each other. They were a true team tonight and we have to keep the faith that sooner or later something is going to swing our way."
Adam Mott (5-3) started and earned the win for the Aggies after pitching seven complete innings and giving up just one run - an earned run - off seven hits. Mott struck out seven batters he faced and walked just two. Mott was relieved by Michael Ormseth, who pitched one inning and allowed two hits. Christopher Bradley started the ninth for New Mexico State and gave up three runs off three hits before Kevin Carswell clinched the last out for the win.
James Ferguson (1-1) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs - all earned - off seven hits in a career high 5.1 innings pitched in the start. Ferguson struck out a career high six batters on the night. Gilley came on in the sixth and gave up five runs - all earned - off six hits in three innings of work, while striking out four. Dakota Doss recorded the final two outs in the ninth for the Bulldogs.
In the third, Tanner Rust doubled down the left field line to score two before a sacrifice fly by Robert Lecount gave the Aggies their third run of the inning to lead 3-0. The Bulldogs plated their first run in the bottom of the fifth as Taylor Terrasas, who doubled to start the inning, scored on a ground ball by Tyler Ervine.
The Bulldogs threatened a comeback in the bottom of the ninth by scoring three runs off three hits, but ended the game with bases loaded to give New Mexico State the victory. Tech left 12 runners on base in the loss.
Rust led the Aggies at the dish with a 3-for-4 effort with a double and three runs batted in. Lecount and Kyle Phillips also totaled three hits apiece for New Mexico State, while Hipp was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
Terrasas and Ervine were each 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Bulldogs, while Tyler Qualls and Ryan Jones each had multiple-hit performances with two hits apiece. Kyle Arnsberg, Bre'shon Kimbell, Austin Hedges and Corey White recorded one hit each for Tech for a total of 12 hits as a team.
The series between Tech and the Aggies resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. Saturday is Youth Baseball Day as kids 12 and under in baseball/softball uniforms will be granted free entry into the stadium and have the opportunity to take the field with the Bulldogs to start the game.
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