Although the Aggies struggled defensively, they found a way to put up seven runs off 12 hits. NMSU also got a great outing from starting pitcher Tyler Sturdevant (
“Studevant pitched great tonight,” Ward said. “We got the run support we needed from our offense, which was just enough to get the victory.”
Studevant worked six complete innings and gave up only one earned run, while five of the runs that were credited to him came unearned as the Aggie defense committed five errors on the night. The NMSU offense smacked three home runs in the game with a bomb coming off the bat of senior Joseph Scaperotta (
“It was good to see our offense come alive tonight,” Ward said. “It happened at the right time.”
The Aggies also got good support from reliever Dillon Smith (
The Spartans scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning, before NMSU cut the lead in half off a Chris Auten (
It looked as if SJSU was going to gain momentum after they scored two more unearned runs in the top of the second and held the Aggies scoreless in the bottom of the inning. However, Quade hit a bomb in the third inning to pull his team to within one run.
Junior Bryan Marquez (
The Aggies will face SJSU in a double-header that starts at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Presley Askew Field. Game two of the double-header will be broadcast on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play. Live stats, a recap and box score of the game will be available for fans at www.nmstatesports.com.