LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State baseball team score two more runs than it did yesterday to win 19-9 in seven innings against Oklahoma Panhandle State on a windy day at Presley Askew Field, Wednesday, April 16.
NMSU scored 19 runs on 12 hits and committed two errors, while the Aggies from Oklahoma crossed the plate nine times on nine hits and made three errors on the day. On a day when eight NMSU pitchers were used, freshman Kyle Hammond (Rio Rancho, N.M.) got his first win as an Aggie as he struck out one batter when the game was tied at nine.
On another good offensive day for NMSU, junior Franky Busani (Mesa, Ariz.) hit his 10th home run of the day, while Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) hit his third and Bryan Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) hit his fourth. Marquez also hit a double in the game as he was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and scored three times.
Geoff Downing (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) got the start at third base against OPSU on Wednesday and went 2-of-4 with four RBI, while he scored three times.
Aggie fans in attendance witnessed the return of Jason Conner (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) as threw for 1 2/3 innings, struck out two batters and gave up one earned run. Conner is returning from a wrist injury after sitting out for approximately seven weeks.
With the game tied up at nine a piece heading into the bottom of the sixth, NMSU put up 10 runs to end the game in the seventh because to the run-rule for the second straight day. The Aggies scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth and six runs off four hits and an error in the bottom of the seventh.
NMSU will return to conference play when they face the league leading Bulldogs of Fresno State at Presley Askew Field, Friday, April 18. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT) and will be televised as a part of Aggie Vision. Fans should check their local listings for channel lineups.