[Information provided by: Louisiana Tech Athletics]
New Mexico State completed a four-game series sweep of the Bulldogs Sunday as the Aggies defeated Louisiana Tech, 5-1 and 4-1, in a double header at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
The Aggies of New Mexico State (23-18, 8-7 WAC) took the third and final conference game of the weekend after scoring three runs late in the game to extend their lead to 5-1 before defeating Tech (13-28, 2-13 WAC) in the seven-inning non-conference matchup, 4-1, to complete the weekend sweep.
"This is a snake bit group right now, but we have to fight through this," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Our team is down and we have to be men about it and stand tall and keep fighting. That is all we can do. Our guys have to find a way to get it done and we haven't figured it out yet."
Game One: New Mexico State 5, LA Tech 1
The Aggies got off to an early lead after scoring a run in each of the second and third innings to lead the Bulldogs 2-0. Kyle Phillips led off the second with a double to left field before Michael Medina singled up the middle to plate the first run of the day. New Mexico State extended its lead to 2-0 in the third after Tanner Rust scored on a sacrifice bunt by Michael Paulson.
Tech responded with a run scored in the bottom half of the sixth after Taylor Burch drove an RBI single to center field to score Bre'shon Kimbell, who doubled down the right field line earlier in the inning, to cut the Aggies lead to 2-1.
New Mexico State extended its lead in the seventh off an RBI double by Rust and two runs scored on a defensive error by the Bulldogs to lead 5-1.
Ryan Beck (5-3) started for the Aggies and picked up the win after allowing just one run – an earned run – off six hits, while striking out six batters in six full innings of work. Beck was relieved by Michael Ormseth, who pitched two innings and gave up one hit, while Evan Mott closed out the ninth inning for New Mexico State.
Trevor Petersen (2-3) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs – two earned – off seven hits in 6.1 innings pitched in the start. Petersen was relieved in the seventh by Adam Derouen, who pitched 0.1 inning and gave up two unearned runs off one hit. Caleb Dudley pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game and gave up no runs off two hits.
Medina led the Aggies at the plate with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate with an RBI and a run scored, while Rust was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Rust and Phillips each recorded doubles for New Mexico State in the game.
Kody Neel led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-3 performance, while Kimbell recorded the only multiple-base hit of the afternoon with a double. Tech left 11 runners on base in the loss.
Game Two: New Mexico State 4, LA Tech 1
New Mexico State scored three runs in the top of the first inning to get things started in the second game after Parker Hipp singled through the right side to score Medina followed by an RBI single by Taylor Noyer and a throwing error.
The Aggies added a run in the sixth off an RBI single by Medina to plate Brandon Cooper. Tech put up a run in the bottom half of the seventh and final inning off a sacrifice fly by Thomas Simoneaux.
The Bulldogs used six pitchers on the afternoon with starter Ben Carlisle being charged with the loss (0-4) after allowing three runs – all earned – off five hits in two full innings of work.
Kevin Carswell (1-0) picked up the win after allowing just one run off six hits in 6.2 innings of work. Carswell struck out three batters before Kevin Piersol (1) came on with two outs in the seventh to get his first save of the season.
Taylor Love and Bre'shon Kimbell were each 2-for-3 in the game, while Jacob Derouen and Corey White recorded the two other hits for a total of six for the Bulldogs in the second game.
Tanner Rust and Parker Hipp each totaled two hits on the afternoon, while Medina, Hipp, Lecount and Noyer each recorded an RBI in the game.
The Bulldogs return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday to face Grambling State on the road.