Scaperotta Gets 20; Aggies Stay Hot and Win 13-8
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/09/2008
Bryan Marquez Hit One of Three Aggie Home Runs in 13-8 Win
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. The New Mexico State baseball team won their second straight game over Hawai’i after they won 13-8 at Presley Askew Field, Friday, May 9.


NMSU (26-27, 13-13 WAC) hit another three home runs to give enough run support that starting pitcher Heath Goin (Hood River, Ore.) needed to get his sixth win of the year.  The Aggies came up with 13 runs on 14 hits and committed one error, while Goin threw for seven complete innings and struck out a season and career high seven batters.


Offensively, the Aggies got home runs from juniors Bryan Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) and Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.) as well as a grand-slam home run from Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.).


It was Scaperotta’s 20th home run of the year.  He is now tied for eighth on the Aggie season records with Chris Weekly, who hit 20 homers in 1998.  Mark Aranda was the last Aggie to hit at least 20 bombs in a season, as he did it in 2005.


NMSU scored the first run of the game in the second on a Joe Leghorn (Victoria, B.C.) single up the middle.


UH answered right back with two runs of their own in the top of the third and took a 2-1 lead.


The Rainbows extended their lead to 4-1 after they scored a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth.


NMSU cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth when Scaperotta hit a double to left-centerfield for an RBI. 


The Aggies were down 4-2 heading into the sixth, but NMSU put up eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, with four of those runs crossing the plate on a Scaperotta grand slam home run over the left field wall.  It was his second grand slam of the year.  Franky Busani (Mesa, Ariz.), Marquez, and Leghorn also got RBI in the inning to put NMSU up 10-4 after six innings of play.


UH added another run on the visitor’s side of the scoreboard to make the score 10-5 with NMSU still ahead after six and a half innings of play, but the Aggies would blow the game open in the bottom of the seventh.


After Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) reached base on a lead-off walk, Marquez homered to right field for his fifth home run of the year.  Two batters later, Auten came up and hit a solo shot to put NMSU up 13-5.


That would be enough as reliever Jason Conner (Las Cruces, N.M.) came in and pitched two innings to hold off the Rainbows.  The final score was 13-8.


NMSU will wrap up the series with the Rainbows with double-header at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 10.  Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. (MDT) and will be broadcast on the air at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.

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