The New Mexico State baseball ended their season with a 6-2 loss to Missouri in an elimination game at the 2012 NCAA Regionals in Tucson, Ariz. The Aggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead and carried a 2-1 lead through seven and a half innings. Starting pitcher Adam Mott was outstanding on the bump. Mott threw 7. innings and left with a 2-1 lead and a runner on second who came in to score a run which was later credited to Mott. The big right hander struck out five and walked just two in his outing and was able to keep Missouri at bay. "I was able to command all three of my pitches," said Mott after the game. "On top of that, I was able to pitch with runners on base and that's basically what you need to do if you want to be successful on any level."
"That's a guy who went to the mound and gave me everything he had," said head coach Rocky Ward. "It's a big stage and for kids this age to go out there and perform under this much pressure, he did a great job."
The Aggies scored two early runs as Tanner Waite led off the game with a single followed by a Bryan Karraker walk. Zach Voight would triple with one out to drive in the Aggies' only two runs of the game. The Aggies would strand Voight at third, a common theme throughout the game as the Aggies were just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. "We had a 2-1 lead, we had momentum early in the game, we left a zillion people on base and the number two offense in the country never showed up," said head coach Rocky Ward. "We couldn't get the breakthrough, we couldn't get the momentum and in games like that you need to score again and we just couldn't get it done."
The Aggies were also recipients of some bad baseball luck. In the top of the fifth inning Parker Hipp singled down the right field line and Zach Voight laced a single down the third base line but the ball hit the umpire knocking it down and preventing a run from scoring. Zac Fisher and Tanner Rust would follow but both struck out ending the Aggies' scoring threat. "It was bad beyond belief baseball luck because that goes in the corner and that's the momentum that we needed," said Ward. "We did nothing wrong and get a bad break, but nobody cares, they just don't."
Despite the bad luck the Aggies still held a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth. After recording the first out, Mott would give up a double to left center. Mott would be lifted for freshman left-hander Robert Kraft with a left-hander coming up to bat. Kraft was unable to get the out giving up a single down the right field line tying the game at 2-2. "Bob Kraft has come in and done the job every single time," said starting pitcher Adam Mott after the game when asked about seeing his lead disappear after leaving the game. "I told Bob he was going to get it done when he came to the mound and I expected him to get it done. He's not going to be perfect every time he comes to the mound. He'll build from it, he'll learn from it and I still have faith in him every time he goes to the bump."
Coffman would come into replace Kraft as the Aggies tried to keep the game tied going into the ninth inning but the Tigers would touch up Coffman for a pair of triples and a walk which put the Tigers up 5-2. Trey Higginbotham would come in to pitch but gave up an RBI single making the score 6-2. Tyler Mack would come in to record the final out as the Aggies went to the top of the ninth with the top of their lineup due up.
After a strikeout and a groundout, Parker Hipp would single to left field but Zach Voight would fly out to right field to end the game and the Aggies' postseason experience.
The Aggies finish the season with a 35-24 record and their first ever regular season championship. "It was a great baseball season," said Coach Ward. "We had the opportunity to play in an NCAA Regional so I'm very proud of the kids, particularly the seniors that put this together and got it done."