Aggies Win Big In Albuquerque
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/25/2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The New Mexico State baseball team made up for its losses to rival New Mexico last with a huge 15-2 win at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, March 25. 

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 (Duvall, Wash.) picked up his first win as an Aggie and is now 1-1.  He threw for five complete innings and struck out two batters, while he gave up only one run.


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 (Victoria, B.C.) came to bat as a pinch-hitter, Busani came to the plate and both batters struck out for two straight outs; however five runs crossed the plate after that to give NMSU a 6-1 lead.


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 Leghorn reached on a bunt down the third base line which was scored an error on the UNM third baseman as he threw it away.  Busani then came to bat and hit an RBI single through the left side.  That was followed Gavin Heinemann RBI and then a sacrifice fly by Marquez which flew about 390 feet in the air.  Quade hit another RBI single through the right side before Scaperotta hit a two RBI double down the right-field line.


NMSU put up another three runs on the board in the eighth inning which included a Gavin Heinemann (Snohomish, Wash.) bomb over the left field wall to seal the 15-2 win for NMSU.


The Aggies will wrap up the I-25 rivalry with the series finale at Isotopes Park, Wednesday, March 26.  First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT) and will be broadcast on the radio at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.

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