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.
GAME ONE RECAP
The Aggies scored nine runs on 10 hits and committed only one error with a great mound appearance from starting pitcher Heath Goin (
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 (
The Aggies added to their lead in the top of the third when Joseph Scaperotta (
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
The next run came in the top of the sixth when Franky Busani (
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.
GAME TWO RECAP
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 (
Quade would get it started with the first of his three home runs in the game. Three batters later, Leo Aguirre (
That lead didn’t last very long as
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
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.