LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team (28-11, 5-2 WAC) ended its two-game losing streak by defeating Louisiana Tech (17-20, 1-6 WAC) 3-2 on a walk-off single by junior second baseman Parker Hipp.
The Aggies were down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth when senior designated hitter Kurt Snowley got on base with a lead-off bunt down the third base line for a hit. After the next Aggie batter struck out looking, senior Tanner Waite, who leads the league in walks, reached base on balls. A fly-out by senior Bryan Karraker put the Bulldogs one out away from a victory, but NM State was not done playing yet.
A wild pitch by Louisiana Tech pitcher Caleb Dudley moved Snowley over to third, while the La. Tech catcher attempted to get Waite moving over to second but threw the ball into centerfield allowing Snowley to score, while Waite moved over to third. Hipp came to the plate and hit a single in front of the Bulldog leftfielder that allowed Waite to score giving NM State its 28th win of the year.
Waite finished the day going 2-for-2 with an RBI a run scored and three walks and Hipp ended his day going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. Starting pitcher Ryan Beck worked seven innings, striking out eight batters but Scott Coffman got the win as he was the pitcher in the game when NM State took the lead and got the victory. Coffman is now 2-1 on the year after throwing two innings against La. Tech and striking out three batters. He hit one batter, gave up a hit and a walk but was otherwise very efficient.
"Our pitchers did a really nice job," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We got out of some binds today and I am very happy with that part of the game. It's good to get the win but I would like to see us do more."
The Aggies face La. Tech in game two of the series, Friday, April 20 at 6pm (MT). Live stats will be available online at NMStateSports.com.