NMSU Picks Up Split in Final Double-Header of Season
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/16/2008

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The New Mexico State baseball team split a double-header with Louisiana Tech after they lost the first game 5-4 and won the second game 14-11 at Presley Askew Field, Friday, May 16.


After the day, NMSU went to 27-30 on the year and 14-16 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Bulldogs were 22-30 overall and 6-22 in the conference.  Head coach Rocky Ward knows how


“Every time you can pick up a win before the tournament, it provides momentum,” Ward said.  “Everyone can use that in the tournament.”



NMSU fought back and came close, but dropped the day game of the double-header 5-4 to the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech.


The Aggies put up four runs on 10 hits and committed two errors, while LTU crossed the plate just one more time than NMSU on one less hit and committed one less error.  Starting pitcher Heath Goin (Hood River, Ore.) had a strong showing as he threw 118 pitches in eight innings of work and came up with a new season high eight strikeouts.


The Bulldogs scored the first run of the day on an RBI double.  The base runner reached third base just before the double was hit.


LTU added another run in the top of the fourth on a passed ball by the Aggie catcher to make it a 2-0 ballgame.


The Aggies tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) tripled for two RBI.  Hardt ended game one 2-of-3 at the plate.


NMSU took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) singled through the left side to score Franky Busani (Mesa, Ariz.), who also got on base with a single through the left side.


With the Aggies ahead 3-2 heading into the eighth, LTU tied the score on a sacrifice fly.  The Bulldogs took the lead back in the top of the ninth on a two RBI single that took the score to 5-3.


NMSU fought back in the bottom of the ninth as one run was scored on two hits, but the tying run was left on base.  It was Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) who hit the RBI single to right-center field that made the final score 5-4.



NMSU won the second game of the double-header over the Bulldogs 14-11 on 14 hits.


The Aggies committed two errors but also hit two home runs in the game.  One from Busani and one from Auten.


LTU scored the first run again as they scored a run in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly.


NMSU answered right back in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead after Chris Auten (Agovra Hills, Calif.) hit a two-run shot over the centerfield wall.  It was Auten’s 10th home run of the year.


The Bulldogs came back in the top of the second to put up three more runs on a home run.


After LTU added another run in the top of the third to take a 5-2 lead.  The Aggies cut the lead in the bottom of the third when they scored two runs on two hits.  Both those hits were doubles.  The first double came off the bat of Scaperotta, who tied Billy Becher (2003-04) in the top-10 career record’s list at tied for ninth with 35 doubles each.  The second double was Auten’s, who just got into the top-10 season record’s list with 19 two-baggers on the season.


The Aggies took a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth after Busani hit a two run bomb over the center field wall, and Scaperotta picked up an RBI off a single up the middle.


LTU cut the lead to 7-6 in the top of the seventh, before regaining the lead in the top of the eighth by adding two more runs and making the score 8-7.


As the Aggies were down by a single run heading into the bottom of the eighth, NMSU was able to put up seven runs on four hits and two Bulldog errors.  The Aggies got RBI from Auten, Hardt, Busani and Stout in that inning.


Matt Van Deelen (Eudora, Kan.) was able to come into the game in the top of the ninth to close it out for NMSU as he didn’t give up any hits or runs.


Junior Frankie Duran (Las Cruces, N.M.) earned his first win of the season; although, Tyler Sturdevant (Littleton, Colo.) got the start for NMSU and threw for seven innings.


NMSU will continue the series finale with a single game at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 17 at 6:05 p.m. (MDT).  The game will be aired on television as a part of Aggie Vision.  Fans should check your local listings for times and showings.

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