NMSU Drops Heartbreak to Bulldogs; Aggie Home Runs From Marquez and Crouthamel
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/17/2008
Bryan Marquez Hit One of Two Aggie Home Runs on the Day
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. The New Mexico State baseball team got home runs from Bryan Marquez and Colin Crouthamel but dropped the game 7-6 to Louisiana Tech at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 17.


It was Marquez’s (Bonny Lake, Wash.) sixth home run of the year, while Crouthamel hit his seventh, while the Aggies fell to 27-31 overall and 14-17 in Western Athletic Conference play. 


Starting pitcher Sebestian Vendette (Luval, Quebec) was credited with the loss after he threw 128 pitches in 7 1/3 innings of work while he struck out six batters.  He is now 2-5 on the year.


The Aggies actually out hit LTU 15-11 but committed six costly errors, compared to the Bulldogs one error.


LTU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Aggies answered the call when Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) hit a sacrifice fly for his 52nd RBI of the year and made the score 1-1 after two innings of play.


After the third and the fourth innings went scoreless, the Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth off a few unearned runs.  However, NMSU scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth on five hits and a LTU error to take a 5-3 lead.  The inning started with a Bryan Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) solo home run to left field, which was followed by a Richard Stout single.  Stout ended the day 3-of-5 on the day.  Chris Auten (Agvora Hills, Calif.) then followed that with an RBI double down the right field line.  Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) picked up a double of his own to get an RBI, before Quade got a single to right field for the final RBI of the inning.


LTU then cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the sixth on a single and added to their lead when they scored three more runs in the top of the eighth.


Heading into the bottom of the ninth, down 7-5, it looked like NMSU would gain some momentum as Crouthamel hit a lead-off home run over the right-center field wall to take the game to 7-6, but that’s how the game ended as one Aggie base runner was stranded.


NMSU will wrap up the series and the regular season with the final game at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 18 with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. (MDT).  It is “Senior Day,” as Aggie fans are encouraged to day farewell to all the Aggie seniors in their final home game.

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