Aggies Drop First Game of I-25 Series
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/13/2007
LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The New Mexico State baseball team put-up five runs in the final two innings of the game against University of New Mexico but lost 11-7 at Presley Askew Field on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Junior short stop Ryan Gibson (Sachse, Texas) hit a blast over the left field wall in the bottom on the ninth and gave hope to the die-hard Aggie fans who fought through the weather as he brought in two runs and cut the UNM lead to 11-7.

“We made a run at them at the end of the ball game and I was pleased with that, but if we hadn’t made a couple of mistakes we made, the game would’ve been a lot closer,” head coach Rocky Ward said.

The Aggies put up 16 hits, but committed four errors on the day, which could have been the difference in the game, as the Lobos had 11 hits and only one error.

“Sometimes it seems like our team is just trying to hard and we are making mistakes that we aren’t really prepared to make,” Ward said. “Our team is inexperienced at this level and I keep saying that we just need to keep playing to get better.”

Sophomore Noah Garza (Burleson, Texas) made his first start for the Aggies and pitched three and one-third innings walking only three Lobo batters, and then was relieved by freshman Anthony Arrieta (Sunnyvale, Texas) who didn’t give up any earned runs in three and two-thirds innings of work.

“Arrieta is a freshman who went to the mound for his second time and really threw well,” Ward said.

UNM started the game off hot when their second batter bolted a double to left-center field, then the third batter hit a single to center and finally the clean-up hitter would hit a hard shot to left and bring in the first two runs of the game. They would end up scoring five runs off five hits in the first.

It looked like the confidence of the Aggies wasn’t affected after a big first inning by UNM when leadoff hitter Ari Loiben (Waco, Texas) stepped up to the plate and hammered a double over the center fielder’s head. Two batters later, freshman Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas) hit a single that would bring in Gibson for the first Aggie run.

Neither team would score again until the NMSU’s Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Texas) singled to left field and advanced to second on an error by the Lobo pitcher. Firstbase junior Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) doubled down the left field line and brought in the RBI.

The Aggies take to the road this weekend as the head for New Orleans for a three-game series against the Privateers. Game time on Friday, Feb. 16 is set for 6:30 p.m. (MST). Fans can get a recap of the game at www.nmstatesports.com after the game has concluded.

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