New Mexico State Baseball Sweeps Chicago State in Doubleheader Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/19/2005
Sophomore Jason Conner struck out six batters in the second game of a...
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Las Cruces, N.M. - Sophomore Jason Conner struck out six batters and red shirt freshman Luke Hopkins drove in a trio of runs as the Aggies won the second game of a Saturday doubleheader with Chicago State, 10-2 at Presley Askew Field.

The Aggies have now scored 67 runs in the first three games of the four-game home stand with Chicago State.

With the win the Aggies improve to 4-7 overall this season, including a 3-0 mark at Presley Askew Field. With the loss, Chicago State falls to 0-5 on the season.

Sophomore Jason Conner (Las Cruces/Mayfield HS) allowed just two runs in six innings of work to earn his first win of the season and improve to 1-2 overall. Junior Travis Hearne (Taos, N.M.) relieved Conner in the top of the seventh and struck out the side to end the game.

Hopkins (Albuquerque/St. Pius HS) was a perfect 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and his three RBI to pace the NMSU offense. Senior Xardiel Cotto (El Paso), who blew up in game one of the twin bill, kept it up in game two, going 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI.

Senior Mark Aranda (Albuquerque/West Mesa HS) and sophomore Patrick Fields combined to go 4-for-7 with two runs and an RBI in the win. Junior Brandon Lance (Edmond, Okla.) also had a productive day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored.

For the second consecutive game, the Chicago State offense was again supplied by right fielder Hector Navedo and catcher Brian Grippo, who went 1-for-2 with a RBI and 1-for -3 with an RBI respectively.

The Aggies got the ball rolling early in game two of the double dip as they scored four times on three hits in the opening frame. After junior Vince Rodden (Overland Park, Kan.) scored from third on a balk call, Hopkins smacked a two-run double to right center, scoring Cotto and junior Adam Harvey (Celina, Texas). The Aggies' final run of the inning came two batters later as Fields hit a run-scoring single to left field, bringing home Hopkins from third.

In the second and third innings, the NMSU offense used four sacrifice flies and a single by Aranda to score five more runs and take a commanding 9-0 lead after three. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Cotto hit a high fly ball to center field that scored Lance from third. After Aranda's single drove in Rodden, Hopkins hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Long from third.

The Cougars scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to cut the Aggie lead to eight runs. Navedo doubled to right center, scoring center fielder John Torres from second in the fourth and Grippo singled to center field to bring left fielder Joe Perez around to score in the fifth inning.

The Aggies and Cougars will meet for the fourth and final game of the series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.

Game 1: New Mexico State 25, Chicago State 12

Senior Xardiel Cotto hit a three run home run and three run triple as the New Mexico State baseball team defeated Chicago State, 25-12 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

In the first game of the twin bill the Aggies scored 19 runs on nine hits in the first two innings, which left no doubt as to the outcome of game one.

With the win, the Aggies improved to 3-7 overall while Chicago State fell to 0-4 on the season.

Cotto (El Paso), who went 3-for-5 on the day, scored three times and tacked on a career-high six RBI. Senior Mark Aranda (Albuquerque/West Mesa HS) continued to produce runs for NMSU Saturday, going 2-for-4 with three runs and five RBI. Fellow senior Emory Davies (Louisville, Ky.) also had a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI. Emory also hit his first home run of the year, a two-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Right fielder Hector Navedo and catcher Brian Grippo led the Chicago State offense. Navedo went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while Grippo hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning.

After walking the first two batters of the game, Sturdevant settled down and retired the next three batters in order to end the Cougar threat. The right-hander got center fielder John Torres and designated hitter Raven Jackson to fly out to right field and ending the inning by striking out right fielder Hector Navedo.

The Aggies jumped all over the Cougars in the bottom of the first inning with 10 runs on five hits. Aranda started the Aggie rally with an RBI triple to left center to score Rodden from third and Long from second. After Aranda scored on a balk call, Cotto hammered a three-run homer over the right field fence as the Aggies continued to score at will. NMSU scored the final four runs of the inning thanks to a pair of RBI doubles by Rodden and Long and a two-run home run by Aranda.

In the bottom of the second the Aggies continued to role as the home team tacked on nine runs thanks to four hits. With two on and no outs, Davies singled through the right side, scoring Cotto from second. The next four Aggie runs came via two bases loaded walks and two hit batsmen as Rodden, Long, Aranda and Monreal were credited with runs batted in on the plays. With the bases still juiced, Cotto tacked on three more runs with a RBI triple to left field. Fields capped the scoring barrage with an RBI single to center field to score Cotto and stake the Aggies to a 19-0 lead.

Despite the huge deficit, the Cougars continued to battle as they scored five runs on five hits in the top of the third and four runs on one hit in the top of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth with one on and one out, Davies smacked his first home run over the right field wall to make the score 21-9.

The game ended after seven inning due to a prearranged run rule. .

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