Aggie Baseball Picks Up WIn in Game One of Home Series
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/09/2007

For Immediate Release

March 9, 2007


LAS CRUCES, N.M.-Junior Tyler Hardt was 2-for-3 with three RBI as the New Mexico State baseball committed no errors and picked up a 10-8 win against Utah Valley State at Presley Askew Field on Friday, March 09.


Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.), who according to doctors in Dallas, Texas, had a broken wrist and couldn’t play for about six weeks, came out ready to play to bring in two RBI in his first at-bat in the first inning.


“It’s amazing that the doctors in Dallas said it was broken and our doctors here said it wasn’t, and he comes out and plays the way he did,” head coach Rocky Ward said.  “Hardt, along with a couple of other guys really stepped it up for us tonight when we needed them to.”


The Aggies were down two runs in the first, before Hardt brought in his two RBI to tie the game up, along with sophomore second baseman Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) scoring on an error by the right fielder.  Hardt crossed the plate when senior Adam Harvey (Celine, Texas) doubled to left field.  Harvey ended the game going 3-of-5 with and RBI.  One more run would score as NMSU took a 5-2 lead after one inning of play.


The lead was a short one, after the first batter for UVSC was hit by a pitch to get on base.  He then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Then there were consecutive walks to load the bases before the Wolverines Dan Bulow hit a single for two RBI.  NMSU gave up four more runs that inning, as the score was now 8-5 in favor of the Wovlerines.


“We wanted to try out some different pitching rotations this weekend, so we put Doyle out there,” Ward said.  “Fortunately for us Duran and Gausman went out there and did a good job relieving for us.”


NMSU racked up three runs in a third inning that would again be started by a Hardt single to left field.  Harvey would come up to single, which was followed by a walk from junior Marcos Rosales (Gilbert, Ariz.).  Hardt would finally score on a fielder’s choice as junior Ari Loiben (Waco, Texas) hit a blooper to left field and Harvey was thrown out at third.  Junior catcher Joe Leghorn (Victoria, B.C.) hit a single to left field for an RBI that scored Rosales.  The Aggies scored their final run of the inning on an error by the Wolverine shortstop to tie the game up at eight a piece.


NMSU would not score again until the seventh inning when they went ahead, as Hardt was hit by a pitch to bring in Jeremy Uhl (Farmington, N.M.) after he reached base on a walk and advanced on two Aggie singles.  Rosales would also be hit by a pitch to score the final run of the game.  Both Hardt and Uhl were credited with RBI.


The Aggies are now 8-10 as senior pitcher Brian Gausman (Aurora, Colo.) earned his third win of the season, while UVSC pitcher Ryan Chadwick was credited with the loss to drop to 0-1 in his first decision.


NMSU scored 10 runs on 13 hits and didn’t commit any errors, while UVSC scored eight runs on 13 hits and committed two costly errors. 


“Not committing any errors tonight was a big deal for us and a big reason that we pulled off the win,” Ward said.  “Hopefully we can do that again and hopefully our offense continues to pick up.”


The Aggies will continue their three game series against the Wolverines on Saturday, March 10 at Presley Askew Field with the first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.  Fans can get live stats at www.nmstatesports.com as well as get a recap of the game at its conclusion.

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