The Aggies go to 10-10 on the year, while UNM fell to 13-10. The Lobos came into the game 10-2 when they had a lead, which they did after a 1-0 first inning. That lead lasted until the sixth when the Aggie offense came alive.
“Their starter did a good job on the mound, just like our starter did,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “Our offense was able to find a groove. We did what we were able to do.”
NMSU scored 15 runs on 14 hits and committed only one error, while the Lobos scored only two runs on six hits and had two errors.
“We played very well defensively tonight and that’s a big reason we won the way we did,” Ward said.
Right-hand pitcher Oliver Webster (
With the Lobos ahead 1-0 NMSU committed an error and a hit but no runs were given up in the top of the fifth as Webster worked hard to get a UNM batter to line out and the next two consecutive hitters to fly-out.
The Aggies tied up the game in the top of the sixth as Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.) hit an RBI right on the left-field line to score third baseman Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.). A balk by the Lobo starting pitcher moved Scaperotta to third and Auten to second. After senior Joe Leghorn (
That slew of runs started with a two RBI double from shortstop Matt Lopez, which was followed an RBI single by Leo Aguirre and another two RBI single to left-center by Quade.
The Aggies added another six runs in the top of the seventh. Auten got on with a walk to start the inning, then
NMSU put up another three runs on the board in the eighth inning which included a Gavin Heinemann (
The Aggies will wrap up the I-25 rivalry with the series finale at