Aggies Rebound in 6-4 Win Over Hawai’i-Hilo Tuesday
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/24/2007
Freshman Anthony Arrieta went seven strong innings for his second win...
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Freshman Anthony Arrieta went seven innings and gave up just two earned runs as the New Mexico State baseball team ended its three-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over Hawai’i-Hilo Tuesday night at Presley Askew Field in non-conference action.


The Aggies improve to 18-24 overall with the win while the Vulcans fell to 17-28 this season.


The Aggies, who improved to 9-1 this season in games decided by two runs or less, turned in some great defensive plays despite four errors in the game.  With runners at first and second and no outs in the top of the ninth, junior Kyle McFadden (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) stuck out senior Robby Mowers for the first out and junior Wade Gubbels (Norfolk, Neb.) ended the game with back-to-back defensive plays down the right field line.


“We played like a tired baseball team today, but we made the plays we needed to make to get the win and that is important,” head coach Rocky said.  “We got some production out of the bottom of our lineup tonight and that was a positive because the middle of our lineup did not play as well as the usually do.”


Arrieta (Sunnyvale, Texas), who improved to 2-3 on the season with the win, scattered seven hits and struck out a pair in the outing.  Right-hander Jeffrey Germain allowed four runs on five hits and walked four in five and a third innings of work to pick up the loss and fall to 1-4 on the year.


“Anthony pitched well tonight and it was a good Tuesday night start for him,” Ward said.  “Kyle also pitched well and that is what we need for an experience guy in a close baseball game down the stretch.


Aggie designated hitter Tyler Hardt (Hereford, Texas) led the Aggie offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a run driven in.  Junior Ricky Philippi (Bedford, Texas) also played well as he went 2-for-4 and set up the Aggies’ sixth run of the game with a triple in the bottom of the eighth inning.


Hilo first baseman A.J. Satele went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run for the Vulcans as Hilo’s first three hitters recorded all three Vulcan runs batted in.


The Aggies got off to a fast start Tuesday as the home team plated two runs on a pair of hits in the bottom of the first inning.  With runners at the corners and one out, junior Marcus Quade (Littleton, Colo.) laced a single through the left side to bring Richard Stout (Boise, Idaho) home from third for the game’s first run.  In the next at-bat, Hardt hammered a pitch off the wall in right center to bring Ari Loiben (Waco, Texas) around from second.


In the top of the third, the Vulcans cut into the Aggies’ two-run lead as Satele laced a 2-2 offering to the gap in left center with two outs to score David Chu from second to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Aggies.  With Chu at second, Satele survived a close pitch just off the plate to record the RBI on the next offering.


Hilo took its first lead of the game in the top of the fifth inning as the Vulcans pushed two runs across to take a 3-2 lead.  After back-to-back singles and an error put runners at second and third with no outs, Chu hit a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game and Hilo scored its third run of the game on a ground out to second base.


In the bottom of the sixth, NMSU tied the game at three on a run-scoring single from Aguirre and then retook the lead thanks to a pair singles from Philippi and Jeremy Uhl (Farmington, N.M.) in the eight and nine spots.  After a wild pitch brought home the Aggies’ fourth run on a slow chopper to the hole between second and first, Uhl, singled to center to bring home Philippi home from second.


The Aggies are back in action Wednesday, April 25, as the host the second and final game of the series with Hawai’i-Hilo.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field and fans can catch all the action live on KSNM 570 AM with Jeff Matthews calling all the hardball action.


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