NMSU Baseball Loses Game Two Against Lobos
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/20/2007

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-Junior first baseman Marcus Quade went 3-of-3 at the plate as the Aggie baseball team lost the second game of the series against the University of New Mexico 16-5 at Presley Askew field in Las Cruces on Tuesday, Feb. 20.


Quade (Littleton, Colo.) extended his hitting streak to five games coming up with a double and two singles.  He is currently hitting a .316 batting average having played in 10 of the Aggies 11 games this year.


“It was really a pretty decent offensive day, and we hit a lot of balls hard,” head coach Rocky Ward said.  “We’re impacted by the injury bug again and that’s really hurting us this season.”


The Aggies scored their six runs on 11 hits, while UNM scored 16 runs on 13 hits.  The difference of the game was the same as it has been all season with the Aggies walking eight opposing batters and hit three others to put runners on base.


NMSU got on the board first when junior Ari Loiben got on base with a double to center, and then advanced to third off a Marcos Rosales fly ball and was eventually brought in by Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) when he hit a ball to the shortstop.


Scaperotta also extended his hitting streak to five games going 1-for-5 with three RBI bringing in a run in the bottom of the ninth on a double down the left field line.


The Lobos scored two runs in the second and widened the lead in the third scoring six more runs.  It started when their second batter was hit by a pitch, then the following batter was walked.  Both of those base runners would eventually score.


“It seems like we come under pressure and we either walk a guy or hit a guy and that always hurts us,” Ward said.  “Not many of their innings where they scored were started by hits.  They were either started by walks or hit bats-men.”


The Aggies scored again in the fifth inning, but UNM would score an additional four runs in the seventh.


NMSU now drops to 4-7 on the year, and the Lobos are 4-6.  They will face each other again in Albuquerque on March 13 at Isotopes Park.


The Aggie baseball team will return to action for a three-game series against the Temple Owls at Presley Askew Field on Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25 with game times set for 1:05 p.m.  Fans can get recap of the game at www.nmstatesports.com at its conclusion.

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