Justin Dehn pitched five shutout innings, and Tristen Carranza notched three hits as the visiting Aggies beat the Lobos 9-1 on Tuesday evening at Santa Ana Star Field.
The Rio Grande Rivalry was not much of a contest in this game as the NMSU held UNM scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Garrett Gouldsmith drove in Robby Campillo with an RBI single. The play allowed the Lobos to avoid the shutout, but it was not near enough to keep UNM from losing their sixth consecutive game of the year.
New Mexico starting pitcher James Harrington managed to last only two innings for head coach Ray Birmingham. The senior right-hander from Gilbert, Arizona, gave up eight earned runs on nine hits, with one strikeout and two walks.
The bullpen trio of Nathaniel Garley, Phillip Sikes, and Brian Coffey combined to allow just one earned run in seven innings of relief for head coach Ray Birmingham, yet it didn’t matter as the UNM offense was unable to get anything going offensively against the Aggies.
The Lobos will get a shot at evening the series with their in-state rival when the two teams face off again in Las Cruces on May 1st.
With the loss, the Lobos fall to 12-18-1 overall and 6-8-1 at home. They continue their Mountain West Conference schedule against Nevada in Reno starting on Friday night before returning home on Tuesday to host Texas Tech in a non-conference single game on Tuesday.