NMSU (26-27, 13-13 WAC) hit another three home runs to give enough run support that starting pitcher Heath Goin (
Offensively, the Aggies got home runs from juniors Bryan Marquez (
It was Scaperotta’s 20th home run of the year. He is now tied for eighth on the Aggie season records with Chris Weekly, who hit 20 homers in 1998. Mark Aranda was the last Aggie to hit at least 20 bombs in a season, as he did it in 2005.
NMSU scored the first run of the game in the second on a Joe Leghorn (
UH answered right back with two runs of their own in the top of the third and took a 2-1 lead.
The Rainbows extended their lead to 4-1 after they scored a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth.
NMSU cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth when Scaperotta hit a double to left-centerfield for an RBI.
The Aggies were down 4-2 heading into the sixth, but NMSU put up eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, with four of those runs crossing the plate on a Scaperotta grand slam home run over the left field wall. It was his second grand slam of the year. Franky Busani (
UH added another run on the visitor’s side of the scoreboard to make the score 10-5 with NMSU still ahead after six and a half innings of play, but the Aggies would blow the game open in the bottom of the seventh.
After Richard Stout (
That would be enough as reliever Jason Conner (
NMSU will wrap up the series with the Rainbows with double-header at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 10. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. (MDT) and will be broadcast on the air at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.