NMSU Ends Regular Season With High Scoring Win on "Senior Day"
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/18/2008
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. The New Mexico State baseball team concluded their season with a high-scoring win as they beat Louisiana Tech 15-13, which was topped off by home runs from three seniors on “Senior Day,” at Presley Askew Field, May 18.


The Aggies put up 15 runs on 17 hits and committed two errors on the day, while LTU scored 13 runs on 15 hits with no errors.  Right-hand pitcher, Noah Garza (Burleson, Texas) came in as a reliver and threw for a season high 5 2/3 innings and came up with a season high six strikeouts.


Included in the NMSU 17 hits were home runs from seniors Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.), Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.), and Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) to take the team total to 97 homers on the year.  Scaperotta home run that came in bottom of the second was his third grand slam this season.


With the win, the Aggies go to 28-31 on the year and 15-17 in conference play and now look forward to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, May 22-25 in Ruston, La.  With a Sacramento State loss to Fresno State, the Aggies would enter the tournament in the No. 5 spot and play the No. 2 team, Hawai'i at 2:00 p.m. (MDT), Thursday, May 22.


LTU, once again, got on the board first as they put up one run in the top of the first, but the Aggies came up with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.  The first run was scored on a Scaperotta sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho).  Chris Auten (Agoura Hills, Calif.) then came to the plate and his team leading 22nd double of the year for RBI No. 55.  The Aggies hit three sacrifice flies on the day, which tied the season high. 


After the Bulldogs scored five runs in the top of the second to take a 6-2 lead, the Aggies came back in the bottom of the second and put up seven on the board to take a 9-6 lead.  Four of those runs came in on the Scaperotta grand slam, while two more RBI came off a Quade home run and the one RBI from a Stout sac fly.


LTU took the lead again in the top of the third when four more runs crossed the plate to but the Bulldogs up by one.  They added to their lead in the top of the fourth as they scored another run off a sacrifice fly.


Down 11-9 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Aggies scored two run in that inning, two more in the fifth and two in the sixth to go up 15-11. 


After Garza started to tire in the top of the ninth, relievers Franky Duran and Jason Conner, both graduates of Mayfield HS in Las Cruces, came in to close out the game.  Conner was credited with the save, which was the first of his collegiate career.

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