Marcus Quade Hits Three Home Run in a Game; Aggies Win Two
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/03/2008
Marcus Quade Hit Three Homers in Game Two
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FRESNO, Calif. The New Mexico State baseball team won both games in the double-header against the league leading Fresno State baseball team, 9-2 in game one, and 12-7 in game two at Pete Beiden Field, Saturday, May 3.


Along with the double-header sweep, the highlight of the day were Marcus Quade’s three home runs in game two to give the Aggies they needed to win two straight games.



The Aggies scored nine runs on 10 hits and committed only one error with a great mound appearance from starting pitcher Heath Goin (Hood River, Ore.), as Fresno State scored only two runs on seven hits and committed three errors, with NMSU coming out on top 9-2.


Goin picked up the win, which took him to 5-2 on the year, as he went 7 1/3 innings, struck out two batters, gave up only one earned run and walked just two Bulldog batters.  Head coach Rocky Ward was very pleased with the effort given by his team and starting pitcher in game one.


“Heath (Goin) is a work horse,” Ward said.  “We played really well and were able to capitalize on their mistakes.”


NMSU started off hot as three runs crossed the plate on three hits and two Bulldog errors.  Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) got on with a throwing error by the Fresno State shortstop to start the game.  Geoff Downing (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)  then followed that by getting on with a fielding error by the Bulldog shortstop, which allowed Stout to score the first run of the game.  Two batters later, Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) doubled down the right field line for an RBI.  Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) would bring in the last run of the inning for the Aggies on an infield single.


Fresno State cut the lead as they scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first, which made the score 3-1 after one complete inning of play.


The Aggies added to their lead in the top of the third when Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) hit his league leading 18th home run of the year.


The Bulldogs would answer right back with a run of their own in the fourth that made the score 4-2.  That was the last time Fresno State scored in the game, but the Aggies were able to score five more times.


The next run came in the top of the sixth when Franky Busani (Mesa, Ariz.) hit a triple to right-center field for an RBI.  Busani was 2-of-4 at the plate with three RBI in the game, as he brought in the following two Aggie runs in the top of the eighth when he homered to right-center field.  It was his 13th bomb of the year, which is second most in the WAC, behind Scaperotta.


The final two runs of the game came on a RBI single from Scaperotta and an unearned run that Scaperotta scored off a wild pitch to make the final score 9-2.



NMSU scored twelve runs on sixteen hits in game two, while the Bulldogs scored seven runs on 10 hits and committed one error to give the Aggies their second straight win over the conference leaders.


Sebestian Vendette (Laval, Quebec) got his second win of the year as he worked for seven innings, struck out four batters, walked just two and gave up only two earned runs.  Senior Jason Conner (Las Cruces, N.M.) threw 1 2/3 innings and Erik Nyquist (Farifield, Calif.) picked up his fifth save of the year as he came in with the tying run on-deck to get the final out.


Fresno State took 1-0 lead in the first inning when they scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Aggies came back strong in the top of the second as they scored five runs.


Quade would get it started with the first of his three home runs in the game.  Three batters later, Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas) hit an RBI double down the right field line that was followed by a Scaperotta single to right field for two RBI.  Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.) picked up the final Aggie RBI of the inning giving NMSU a 5-1 lead.


That lead didn’t last very long as Fresno State had a big inning and scored four runs on three hits and one Aggie error to tie the game a five a piece after two complete innings.


The fourth inning would give the lead back to the Aggies as Hardt a sacrifice fly, which was followed by Quade’s second home run of the game.  NMSU went ahead 8-5 after the fourth.


The Bulldogs made the game close in the fifth when they scored a run to cut the lead to two runs with the score 8-6.


NMSU got another comfortable lead in the sixth, when it looked like an exact replica of the fourth inning as Hardt brought in the first run off a sacrifice fly, which was followed by a two run blast over the left-field fence for his third home run of the game.  That last time an Aggie player hit three home runs in a game was when all-American Mark Aranda hit three against Pace, March 14, 2004.


As the Aggies scored on a single to centerfield for an RBI by Stout go up 12-6 before Fresno State scored one in the bottom of the ninth for a final of 12-7.


NMSU will wrap up the series with game-four at Pete Beiden Field, Sunday, May 4 with first pitch set for 2:00 p.m. (MDT).  Fans can listen in on the action at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews and Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action, while live stats will be available for free at www.nmstatesports.com.

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