RENO, Nev. – The New Mexico State baseball team started the long road trip with a 6-4 win over Nevada at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev., Friday, April 4.
Behind the arm of starting pitcher Tyler Sturdevant (Littleton, Colo.), the Aggies go to 14-13 and 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference, putting them in first place. Studevant threw six complete innings, struck out three batters and gave up only one run.
“I felt like I got stronger as the game went on,” Sturdevant said. “Our offense produced enough to get us the win.”
NMSU scored six runs on seven hits and committed only one error, while the Wolf Pack crossed the plate four times on 10 hits and committed two errors.
Nevada took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the third as they went ahead 1-0. NMSU put up two runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 2-1. The first run in the fifth came off a error by the Nevada shortstop that scored catcher Joe Leghorn (Victoria, B.C.), who got on with a lead-off double down the leftfield line. The second run of the inning came in when third baseman Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) reached base on a fielder’s choice for an RBI.
The NMSU bats warmed up in the seventh when four Aggies crossed the plate. First baseman Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.) got the two RBI in the inning when he hit his 13th double of the year. Senior Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) came in as a pinch hitter and acquired two RBI of his own when he singled to centerfield.
Although the Aggie relievers gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh, closer Erik Nyquist (Fairfield, Calif.) came in and threw for 2 1/3 innings to strike out three batters and not give up any runs.
NMSU will take on the Wolf Pack in a double-header at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev., Saturday, April 5. The first of the two games will begin at 2:00 p.m. (MDT) and will be broadcast on the radio as KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.