Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team took down New Mexico 9-6 in the first game of the Rio Grande Rivalry Series on Tuesday night at Southwest University Park. The bullpen was the story for the Aggies as Andy Frakes, Kyle Bradish and Tyler Erwin combined to throw four and two-thirds innings only allowing four hits, two runs and striking out five Lobos.
The Aggies jumped on UNM early in the first as Brent Sakurai got on via an error on the shortstop to lead off the inning. Daniel Johnson singled through the left side to move Sakurai to second. Dan Hetzel drove him in with a RBI single to right. Daniel Johnson scored from third on a throwing error by the catcher when Hetzel stole second. Hetzel then moved to third on a wild pitch. Austin Botello scored Hetzel on a sacrifice fly to right, putting the score at 3-0 after one inning.
NM State did more damage in the bottom of the second as El Paso native Cameron Haskins hit a leadoff single. Joseph Koerper followed with the extremely rare double on a bunt, moving Haskins to third. L.J. Hatch proceeded to follow suit with a triple to deep right center, scoring both Haskins and Koerper. Brent Sakurai grounded out to second, but plated Hatch pushing the Aggie lead further to 6-0.
The Aggies continued scoring getting another run in the third as Austin Botello singled up the middle, and later scored on a double by Koerper.
UNM finally came to life in the fourth inning as the first three batters for the Lobos reached on a base hit, including an RBI double and a two-run blast to right field. The Lobos got their fourth run of the inning on a bases loaded walk. After four innings the score set at 7-4.
UNM cut the lead to two in the sixth when a run scored from third on a balk.
NM State stretched the lead back out in the home half of the seventh with Daniel Johnson reaching on a double to center with two outs. Dan Hetzel scored Johnson on a double of his own. Austin Botello then scored Hetzel with a RBI single to center, pushing the score back out at to 9-5.
The Lobos got their final run of the night in the eighth with a RBI to left, scoring a run from second and finalizing the score at 9-6.
The Aggies are back in action this weekend as the travel to Waco, Texas for the Baylor Baseball Battle, a tournament against Baylor and San Diego.