New Mexico State falls short against No. 3 Oregon State in 10 innings
The New Mexico State baseball team suffered its first loss since May 21.
The Aggies fell 5-4 in 10 innings to No. 3 seeded Oregon State in the Corvallis regional on Friday.
The loss snapped the Aggies four game win streak that got the Aggies into the regional, but NM State continued the gritty play that got them into the postseason against the host Beavers.
NM State (24-33) will play last year's NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt in an elimination game on Saturday at 2 p.m., after San Diego beat Vanderbilt 3-2 in the first game of the regional on Friday.
Oregon State and San Diego will play at 8 p.m.
Oregon State outhit the Aggies 10-4 on Friday, but the Aggies had two hits in the ninth inning to plate a run and send the game to the 10th inning.
Nolan Funke singled to lead off the ninth inning and reached second on a Tommy Tabak groundout. Preston Godfrey singled to score Funke and tie the game at 4-4 to send the game to extra innings.
Aggies reliever Alex Bustamante retired the Beavers in order in the ninth inning, but he walked two straight hitters in the 10th inning, walking Justin Boyd with the bases loaded to score the game winner.
The Aggies faced Oregon State's left-handed All-American pitcher Cooper Hjerpe, who was as good as advertised, cruising into the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead.
But the Aggies finally got to Hjerpe, who hit two straight NM State hitters to load the bases for outfielder Tommy Tabak, who knocked in two runs with a double on the first pitch to give NM State a 3-2 lead.
Hjerpe only allowed two hits and Tabak had both of them, but Hjerpe left the game eventually in the seventh after striking out 10, allowing three runs and walking two on 100 pitches.
The Beavers scored in the first on a Jacob Melton groundout, but Aggies starter Ian Mejia was nearly as effective as his counterpart.
Mejia returned to the mound in the seventh, where two wild pitches helped the Beavers regain the lead, 4-3, entering the eighth inning.
Garret Forrester singled to tie the game at 3-3, but two wild pitches allowed the Beavers to move runners and ultimately take the lead before Mejia left the game in the eighth inning to a standing ovation after allowing four earned run on nine hits with four walks and nine strikeouts on 124 pitches.
The Aggies pulled even at 1-1 on a two out Tommy Tabak single in the second inning for the Aggies first hit of the game.
Oregon State threatened in the second with back to back singles and a passed ball to put runners on second and third with no outs. But Mejia forced Kyle Dernedde to fly out, struck out Justin Boyd and forced an inning ending groundout from Wade Meckler.
Mejia had 48 pitches through the first two innings and Oregon State was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position before Garret Forester laced a single into the outfield to put the Beavers up 2-1 in the fifth inning.