NMSU Baseball Falls 12-6 as Gibson Hits Lead-off Home Run
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/10/2007

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-Junior Ryan Gibson’s lead-off home run over the left-center wall wasn’t enough as the New Mexico State baseball team lost 12-6 to Utah Valley State at Presley Askew Field on Saturday, March 10.


The Aggies started off with an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as lead-off hitter Gibson (Sachse, Texas) hit his third home run of the season over the left-center wall.  Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) then got on with a single to right center and would eventually score of a RBI hit from freshman Leo Aguirre (Austin, Texas).


“We kept them in the game and they came out and hit the ball well, although we have done well defensively this weekend,” head coach Rocky Ward said.  “When couldn’t get things done offensively and we didn’t have too good of a performance from our pitching staff.”


NMSU scored six runs off 11 hits and committed one error, while UVSC scored 12 runs on 14 hit with an error.


“I give total credit to Utah Valley,” Ward said. “They came out and played well.”


The Wolverines cut the lead in half in the third inning as the first batter of the inning got on with a doubled down the right-field line, and then scored off a ground out.


Utah Valley State took their first lead of the game in the top of the fourth inning when their first batter got on with a walk and scored as the next UVSC batter hit a RBI double down the left-field line.  The very next batter got on as he was hit by a pitch, and both batters scored on a wild pitch to take a 4-2 lead.


The Aggies regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when junior outfielder Cody Fielding (Wolfforth, Texas) started off with an infield single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by senior shortstop Jeremy Uhl (Farmington, N.M.).  Fielding eventually scored off an RBI hit to right field by Quade.  Senior Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Ariz.) then hit a single for to bring in Quade and pick up an RBI.  He now has 12 RBI on the year.


UVSC scored one run in the sixth, two in the seventh and eighth and three in the ninth, which included a three-run home run by Jace Brinkerhoff.


Uhl was 2-for-3 at the plate today, while both Aguirre and Gibson were 2-of-5 hitting.


The NMSU baseball team will conclude the home series against UVSC on Sunday, March 11 at Presley Askew Field with game time set for 1:00 p.m.  Fans can follow along with live stats available at www.nmstatesports.com as well as get a recap of the game there.


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