Aggies get swept at home by California Baptist

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The California Baptist Lancers travelled east to face the New Mexico State University Aggies for a three-day series from Friday through Sunday. The Aggies came into the bout with a 10-8 record, while the Lancers came in at 13-6. Both teams entered the series with a losing record in the WAC and looking to cement themselves as top competitors in the conference. 

The first out of the three-game series was not a very competitive affair. The bats for NMSU were very cold, only logging five hits in nine innings, and the bats were swinging well for CBU, as they notched 13 hits to tally up nine runs throughout the game. The Aggies would rotate through 3 pitchers in this game, after some struggles late in the sixth inning by pitcher Rorik Maltrud. 

Saturday evening would see the beginning of the second game in the series. NM State would start Pablo Cortes at pitcher, while Brandon Downer would get the start for Cali Baptist. The beginning innings of the game were a pitching matchup, where only three hits were allowed within the first four innings of the game. It wasn’t until the top of the fifth inning that the Lancers broke the 0-0 tie with a first-batter home run by catcher Michael Carpentier. NMSU found an immediate response, however, after a CBU error moved a base runner to third, who would later score on a groundout to first base, tying the game back to one apiece. 

For the sixth inning of the game, both teams went scoreless again. It was at this moment that California Baptist flipped the switch when it came to batting. The Lancers would notch five hits, including a three-run home run, pushed the Lancers up to a 6-1 lead. This would end up being the final nail in the coffin for the Aggies, as NMSU and CBU would trade another three runs each in the eighth and ninth innings, concluding a final score of 9-4 for the Lancers.   

The final game of the series would yet again fall in the favor of the Lancers. For the third straight game, the CBU Lancers would log exactly 13 hits and score double digit runs in a 10-3 win over NM State. A scoring streak from the sixth to the ninth inning of eight runs for the Lancers would put the game out of reach, after it had been tied 2-2 for a couple innings prior. 

California Baptist heads home with a 3-0 record against the Aggies in the series, improving their WAC record to a winning record of 5-4. The Aggies would see an opposite fate, as they drop to 10-11 on the season and fall to a 2-7 record in the Western Athletic Conference. This NM State Squad will look for redemption as they play the University of New Mexico at Presley Askew Field on March 29th. 

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