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NMSU Drops Double-Header in High Scoring Day at the Ball Park
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/10/2008

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The New Mexico State baseball team dropped the double-header against the University of Hawai’i 17-10 in game one and 15-14 in game two at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 10.

 

Game One Recap

The Aggies added another home run to their team total with 88 as a team in 2008.  There were 27 runs on the day as UH had 17 and the Aggies had 10.  NMSU was hot with the bats as of late but couldn’t keep up with the Rainbows in the first game of the double-header as UH had 21 hits while the Aggies only had 12.

 

Franky Busani (Mesa, Ariz.) hit his 15th home run of the year to bring in two runs in the fifth inning.  He was 2-for-3 with three RBI on the day, while walked once and scored twice.

 

The Aggies fell to 26-28 overall and 13-14 in the WAC after the loss but were still in the No. 4 spot in the conference standings.

 

UH took and early 9-1 lead after the top of the third, which forced the Aggies to play catch-up during the entire game.

 

NMSU cut the lead to 9-3 in the bottom of the third when first baseman Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.) hit a two RBI single to right field.

 

The Aggies put up another run in the bottom of the fourth on a Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) sacrifice fly, which made the score 9-4.

 

UH put up another two runs in the top of the fifth, but NMSU was able to answer that with four runs of their own that included a double by Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) for two RBI and Busani’s home run for the other two RBI to make the score 11-8.

 

NMSU got within striking distance of the Rainbows when Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas) hit a sacrifice to centerfield to bring in Stout for an RBI taking the score to 11-9.

 

The Aggies seemed to struggle a bit after that as they score just one more run compared to the six runs UH scored after the sixth.  The Rainbows took the first game 17-10.

 

Game Two Recap

It was a back and forth game but the Aggies dropped a heartbreaker 15-14 to UH in second game of the day.

 

UH took the first lead of the game just as it did in game one and went ahead 4-0, but the Aggies answered that with two runs in the bottom of the first.  Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.), who was 5-of-6 in the game, scored on a wild pitch, and then Busani hit a sacrifice fly that scored Scaperotta.

 

NMSU tied the game up at 4-4 after Hardt homered in the third and then he hit an RBI single to right-center in the fourth.

 

UH took back the lead in the top of the fifth when they scored two runs, but the Aggies scored eigth runs of their own to go up 12-6.  Four of those eight runs came off an Aguirre grand-slam home run.  It was Aguirre’s third home run of the year and his first grand slam.  Leghorn also got an RBI in the inning on a sacrifice fly, while Busani picked up an RBI on a single up the middle.  The other two runs came on a Rainbow error that allowed Scaperotta and Hardt to cross the plate.

 

NMSU took a 12-6 lead into the sixth, but the Rainbows scored six runs in the top of the inning with two outs to tie the game up at 12 a piece.

 

UH took the lead again in the top of the seventh with two runs scored, one of the earned.  Down 14-12, NMSU tied the game up in the bottom of the seventh on a two run home run by Scaperotta.

 

The Rainbows scored another run in the top of the eighth to take a 15-14 lead on a home run by a UH hitter, but the Aggies couldn’t take advantage of having the last at-bat as two Aggie base runners were left on in the bottom of the ninth.

 

NMSU will conclude their regular season with the conference finale against Louisiana Tech at Presley Askew Field, May 16-18.

‹ New Mexico State Baseball


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