NMSU comes up just short in NCAA opener

TUCSON, Ariz. — The second-seeded New Mexico State baseball team dropped to 1-5 all-time in NCAA regional play Friday, falling 3-2 to third-seeded Louisville at Hi Corbett Field.

NMSU (35-23) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, as All-American catcher Zac Fisher hit an RBI single up the middle in the first and tallied another RBI on a grounder in the third that produced an error.

Cardinals starter Justin Amlung (9-4) earned the win by going six innings and striking out five Aggies. He gave up both of the two runs NMSU scored.

NMSU starter Ryan Beck (5-7) was charged with the loss, working six

innings and striking out three while giving up all three Louisville

runs. The Cardinals went ahead in the fifth with an RBI groundout followed by a two-out, run-scoring double that made it 3-2.

The Aggies used a total of six pitchers, with the bullpen combination of Casey Collins, Robert Kraft, Trey Ross, Tyler Mack, and Scott Coffman combining for three innings of work and no runs allowed.

“It was a well-played game from a pitching standpoint,” NMSU head coach Rocky Ward said. “Their ball landed down the left-field line and ours didn’t. Our pitching staff did a good job and gave us a chance to save pitching, while keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to win the game late.”

The Aggies posted their two runs on six hits. Louisville tallied its

three runs on seven hits and committed three errors, two of them coming

in the third.

NMSU, which moves into the loser’s bracket, next takes on the loser of the Arizona-Missouri game in an elimination game Saturday at approximately 5 p.m. local time.