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COMEBACK COMES UP SHORT AS BASEBALL DROPS SERIES FINALE TO NM STATE, 3-2, SUNDAY AT JOHN SMITH FIELD

COMEBACK COMES UP SHORT AS BASEBALL DROPS SERIES FINALE TO NM STATE, 3-2, SUNDAY AT JOHN SMITH FIELD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (27-16, 13-5 WAC) had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but were unable to pull off more of the team's walk-off magic as they fell, 3-2, to New Mexico State (30-11, 13-5 WAC) Sunday at John Smith Field.

It was a low scoring affair on Sunday, following Saturday night's game which saw 16 combined runs. Each team scored a run in the third before New Mexico State pulled out to a 3-1 lead after six innings.

The Hornets got one back in the seventh when Matt Smith knocked in Keith Torres with a base hit to left field.

Up next, Dawsen Bacho came up just a few feet short of putting the Hornets ahead as his near-two-run-home-run hit high off the wall in deep left center. Instead of two runs and the lead, Sacramento State did not score as Smith was cut down at home trying to score on the play.

The Hornets weren't done yet, though, as they put two more on in the eighth with nobody out. But a strikeout and a double-play later, Sacramento State still trailed 3-2.

Torres drew a two-out walk in the ninth but was stranded as the game went final.

"We certainly had some opportunities, but I love the way our guys compete," said head coach Reggie Christiansen after the game. "I really thought we were going to do it there in the eighth, but things didn't go our way."

In total, Sacramento State scored two runs on eight hits. Those eight hits were double New Mexico State's, as the Aggies scored three times on four hits while also committing three errors. The Hornets left 10 runners on base in the loss.

Although starter Austin Roberts was charged with the loss, he pitched well for the Hornets, giving up just the three runs on four hits without a walk over six innings. He also struck out five. Two of the three runs allowed came off solo home runs.

Behind Roberts, Tanner Dalton was excellent, throwing three hitless innings out of the bullpen to keep the Hornets in the game. Dalton walked just one while striking out three.

"I thought both guys were very good today," added Christiansen. "Austin gave up a couple solo home runs but that's baseball, his stuff was good. Then Tanner came in with three scoreless innings, didn't give up a hit, so those two guys certainly gave us an opportunity."

With no comeback magic left after Friday night's incredible 4-3 walkoff, the Hornets fall to 27-16 overall this season and 13-5 in the WAC. The loss drops them into a tie for second place with New Mexico State, who improved to 30-11 overall and 13-5 in league.

UTRGV completed a sweep of Seattle U, moving into first place with a 14-4 WAC record (28-14 overall).

Sacramento State will play next on the road as they travel to San Francisco on Tuesday for a midday non-conference contest. The Hornets and the Dons are set for a 3:00 pm PT first pitch from Benedetti Diamond at the campus of USF.

Tuesday's game will stream live online through the WCC but will also air online at HornetSports.com/Radio.

For more details on tomorrow's game and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.