LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State baseball team hit five home runs to beat Oklahoma-Panhandle State 17-4 at Presley Askew Field, Tuesday, April 15.
Senior Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) hit two home runs, to join junior Franky Busani (Mesa,Ariz.), who hit two and sophomore Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas), who hit one to take the team total to 55 homers on the year.
The Aggies scored 17 runs on 14 hits and committed three errors, while the Aggies from Oklahoma scored four runs on 10 hits and also committed three errors. Right-hand pitcher Jake Wilson got the win as he threw five innings and gave up four runs, three of them earned. He also struck out a season high seven batters on the night.
OPSU took a 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the top of the first, but that didn’t last long at all as the Aggies put up 12 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the inning. It started with a lead-off single by short stop Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho), which was followed by a two run shot over the right-field wall by Scaperotta. He hit another two run home run blast later in the inning.
Catcher Joe Leghorn (Victoria, B.C.) also picked up two RBI in the inning and Busani hit his three run homer in the first as well.
Leghorn, who was 3-of-4 at the plate on Tuesday night, got his third RBI in the third inning to extend the NMSU lead to 13-2.
After a Justin Lucero (Lynnwood, Wash.) led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk, Aguirre hit his first home run of the year to add two more runs. Then Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) reached base when he was hit by a pitch and scored for the fourth time on the night when Busani hit his second bomb in the game.
OPSU score another two runs in the fifth, but that would not be enough as the game was called because of the run rule of leading by 10 runs or more after seven innings.
NMSU will finish the two game series with OPSU at Presley Askew Field, Wednesday, April 16 with the first pitch at 2:00 p.m. (MDT).