NMSU Takes Game One of Double-Header Against Hawai'i
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/28/2007

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-In game one of a double-header where a combined seven home runs were hit over the left field wall, the New Mexico State baseball team (20-25, 5-12) beat the University of Hawai’i 8-6 at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, April 28.


Senior Adam Harvey (Celine, Texas) led the charge with a three-run blast in the first and a solo-shot in the eighth, a homer that put the Aggies up 8-6, which was the final.  He had a good game in the first game of a double-header going 3-of-4 at the plate with four RBI, while he scored three times.


“When Adam (Harvey) is on top of his game, he is a great contributor to this team,” head coach Rocky Ward said.  “We needed to get this win because it keeps us alive for post season conference play.”


The Aggies scored eight runs on 10 hits and committed only error, which led to a couple of Hawai’i runs.  The Rainbows put up six runs 11 hits and made three errors.


Joining Harvey in the home-run department was junior Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) who hit his team leading ninth bomb of the year and junior second baseman Ryan Gibson (Sasche, Texas) who blasted his two-run shot in the fourth inning.


Sophomore Noah Garza (Burleson, Texas) worked 5 1/3 innings on the mound for the Aggies, but it was senior Kyle McFadden who was struck out three batters that got the credit for the win.  It was his second victory of the year.


“Our pitchers did for us what we’ve wanted our pitching staff to do all year long, and putting that together with the kind of hitting we had this afternoon we can beat just about anybody.”


The Rainbows continued where they left off in Friday’s game as Kevin McDonald hit his 11th home run of the seasons over the left field wall to take a 2-0 lead.  The lead wouldn’t last too long for Hawai’i after NMSU’s Harvey hit a three-run blast in the same place as the Rainbow’s McDonald.  It was Harvey’s second home run of the season.


Hawai’i would answer right back and tie the game up at three a piece in the top of the second when the Rainbow’s Landon Hernadez hit a home run over the left field wall.  Aggie shortstop committed an error that proved to be costly as two more Rainbow base runners crossed the plate and made the score 5-3 in the top of the third.


The Rainbows extended their lead when their first baseman hit a home run over the left field wall, which seemed to float out with the wind and the score was now 6-3 in favor of the team from the islands.


Gibson hit a two-run bomb over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth after Harvey hit a line shot to left for a double.  That home run got the Aggies to back within one with the score 6-5 with Hawai’i still on top.


In the bottom of the sixth inning, junior Marcos Rosales (Gilbert, Ariz.) reached base on an error and then tied the game up a 6-6 when he scored on a passed ball by the Rainbow catcher.


The bottom of the seventh inning brought back-to-back home runs as Scaperotta and Harvey hit bombs over the left field wall to give NMSU an 8-6 lead, and the score stayed that way through the final.

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