LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team rallied late last of two games against CSU-Pueblo but lost 7-6 at Presley Askew Field, Wednesday, April 2.
The Aggies fall back to .500 (13-13) while CSUP broke a twelve game losing streak and goes to 14-20 on the year. NMSU put up six runs on 11 hits and did not commit an error all day, while the Thunder Wolves scored seven runs on 13 hits and committed just one error. It was the first time since March 13 that the Aggies did not commit a single error in a game when they did it in a 10-1 win over Portland during the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif.
Starting Aggie pitcher Oliver Webster (Duvall, Wash.) received the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season, while CSUP starter Joe Proto earned his first win of the year. NMSU reliever Frankie Duran (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) came into the game in the fourth inning to help the Aggies try to make the come back. He threw for five complete innings, struck out one batter, gave up three hits and no runs.
The Thunder Wolves starter seemed to pitch effectively as he didn’t allow any runs in the first four innings of play, while his team scored all the runs they needed for the victory in those same innings.
The score was 7-0 in favor of the visiting team going into the bottom of the fifth before senior centerfielder Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) hit a two run home run to right centerfield. Senior catcher Joe Leghorn (Victoria, B.C.) picked up the third RBI of the inning when he grounded out to first base to bring in Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.), who got on with a walk.
After a scoreless sixth inning, NMSU put up two more runs on the board when junior Franky Busani (Mesa, Ariz.) hit a two run bomb over the centerfield wall.
Down 7-5 in the eighth, junior Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) came to the plate to pinch hit and got on with a walk. Justin Lucero (Lynnwood, Wash.) came in as a pinch runner for Stout and scored off a Scaperotta double to left field. That would be it for NMSU as the Thunder Wolves’ pitching staff didn’t allow anymore hits.
NMSU will now hit the road for 10 straight days to play nine games. First up for the Aggies will be a four-game conference series against Nevada at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. The first game will be Friday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. (MDT). A double-header will follow on Saturday and the series will conclude on Sunday. Aggie fans can follow the action live at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play commentary. Live stats, a recap and box score of the game will also be available for fans at www.nmstatesports.com.