“This is a very important series for us to win,” head coach Rocky Ward said. “It would be great to go back into conference play with some momentum and a winning record.”
Sophomore pitcher Casey Amundson (
NMSU jumped ahead right away when junior right fielder Franky Busani (
The Aggies added four more runs in the bottom of the second off a Marcus Quade (
It looked like NMSU would just dominate the entire game, but CSUP had a huge inning in the top of the third as they scored six times to cut the Aggie lead to 7-6.
The Aggie offense answered right back in the bottom of the third when designated hitter Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas) hit a two RBI double to left field. Four batters later, Hardt would come up big with a RBI single up the middle that scored Quade.
The Thunder Wolves scored two more runs in the top of the fourth, but NMSU put up three in the bottom of the inning that included an RBI walk from Hardt and two other unearned runs as two wild pitches were thrown in the inning to go along with a CSUP error.
Scaperotta blasted his second homer of the game in the bottom of the sixth to give NMSU a 14-8 lead, but the Thunder Wolves had a huge seventh inning when they scored five runs.
Going into the eighth, the score was 14-13 in favor of the home team. The Aggies added to their lead in the bottom of the inning when they scored three runs off a huge Hardt double to left centerfield.
CSUP tried to make a comeback in the ninth, but closer Erik Nyquist (
NMSU will wrap up the two-game series with CSUP, Wednesday, April 2 at Presley Askew Field, while first-pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. (MDT). The game will be shown on T.V. as a part of Aggie Vision. Fans can watch the game on the following channels: Altitude, Comcast 4 (