The New Mexico State baseball team saw their season end at the hands of the Nevada Wolf Pack for the second consecutive season. The difference this time around for the Aggies was that there was no walk-off heartbreak. The Aggies fell behind 6-0 after one inning and could never recover despite the best efforts of reliever Justin Cooper. The junior put together five innings of work and held the Wolf Pack scoreless from the second inning through the fourth inning but it was not enough as the Aggies fell 15-4 in a run-rule seven inning defeat.
Tyler Mack got the start for the Aggies but started the game with three consecutive walks to load the bases. A double by the Wolf Pack would put the Aggies behind 2-0. After allowing another walk to load the bases the Aggies would make a pitching change bringing in Randy Montoya, however,, Nevada would score four more runs before the Aggies would bring in Cooper who would retire the first two batter he faced to get the Aggies out of the inning.
Cooper would hold the Wolf Pack scoreless through the fourth but despite the string of scoreless innings the Aggies were unable to cut significantly into the deficit. The Aggies would have a chance to make the game interesting as they would load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Aggies would get a bases loaded walk by Parker Hipp to push across an Aggie run to cut the lead to 6-2 and DH Zac Fisher would come to the plate with a chance to get the Aggies back in the game but Fisher would send the first offering he saw from Tom Jameson to center field where it was caught for the final out of the inning effectively ending the Aggies' hopes as Nevada would put the game out of reach over the next two innings.
After answering the Aggies' single run with a single run in the fifth, the Wolf Pack would deal the coup de gras in the the sixth as they would send 12 batters to the plate scoring eight times. The Aggies would use four different pitchers in the inning but to no avail as Waylen Sing Chow's bases clearing triple would score three of the Wolf Pack's eight runs in the inning.
The Aggies would score single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to make the final margin 15-4.
The Wolf Pack would commit four errors on the day but the Aggies would not be able to capitalize on the Nevada miscues.
Tyler Mack took the loss for the Aggies as he was one of six pitchers to see action for New Mexico State. Tom Jameson pitched a complete game for Nevada allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking five.
After a nightmarish night defensively for the Aggies in game one the defense was solid if not spectacular on Thursday afternoon but instead it was their pitching that failed them on Thursday as the six starters would combine to allow 13 walks including eight by Cooper. The Aggies would strike out just three Wolf Pack batters.
The Aggies' season ends with a 34-24 record and a 9-14 record in conference play. The Aggies have won 30-plus games for the third consecutive season and the 114 wins from 2009 through 2011 mark the best three year stretch in program history bettering the 113 wins the club posted from 2002-2004.