LUBBOCK, Texas - The New Mexico State baseball team comes from behind to win its 13th-straight game defeating Texas Tech 7-6 at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas, Tuesday, March 27.
With the win NM State moves to 22-8, while Texas Tech falls to 15-11. Junior Tyler Mack was the winning pitcher and is now 2-1 on the year while senior closer Scott Coffman earned save No. 5 on the year and No. 19 on his career. He is now the all-time leader in appearances with 92 surpassing Frankie Duran, also a New Mexico native, who played from 2006-09.
Down 6-5 heading into the ninth inning NM State had to get something going. They did just that as Tanner Waite led off with a single up the middle to get aboard. Bryan Karraker got aboard with a walk after ten pitches before Parker Hipp tallied a sacrifice bunt to put runners on at second and third. Senior shortstop Zach Voight came to the plate and brought in the tying run an RBI sacrifice fly to score Waite before senior catcher Zac Fisher hit a game-winning single to left field allowing Karraker to cross the plate and take the lead.
"We have to go for the win and that is why we didn't bunt," assistant coach Nate Shaver said. "The middle of the lineup did great and we used matchups which allowed our pitchers to do an awesome job today."
The game was tied through 5 ½ innings at 5-5 before the Red Raiders scored on a ground-rule double by the Texas Tech shortstop to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth.The Aggies had runners aboard in the top of the seventh but failed to scored as Fisher got caught at first base as was tag out before the run could cross the plate.
Freshman Robert Kraft came in during the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded and tallied a big out in the inning. Junior right-hander Tyler Mack jumped on the mound and struck out the Red Raider shortstop to end the inning with the bases loaded.
"Mack and Kraft did their job and it's great because they have all been working hard," Shaver said. "All the guys that came out of the and did their job just like we expect them to do. It was an all around great effort from the entire team. It was a great win."
NM State was unable to get any runners aboard going down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth before Tyler Mack was able to tally two strikeouts and get another Red Raider to groundout in the bottom of the inning.
NM State posted 10 hits to score its seven runs and did not commit an error. The Red Raiders tallied six runs on 10 hits and tallied one error. The Aggies used six pitchers on the evening with junior left-hander Ryan Beck starting the game going 5.1 innings and striking out seven batters while giving up six runs. Relievers Randy Montoya, Trey Ross, Michael Ormseth, Robert Kraft, Tyler Mack and Scott Coffman all got on the mound and did their job as none of them allowed a run while combining for six K's.
The Aggies bring their 13-game win streak back home as they take on Rio Grande Rival UNM, Tuesday, April 3 at Presley Askew Field with first pitch set for 6:05pm (MT). That game is scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions and fans should check their local listings for airtimes.