Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday night, to begin a three-game weekend series. After falling behind early, the Aggies took control in the later innings and took down the Vaqueros 10-2.
How it happened
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Bradish got the start for the Aggies (18-13, 4-0 WAC) on Friday night and he squared off against UTRGV’s righty, Carter Johnson. Bradish was a bit wild early as he loaded the bases after allowing a single and walking two batters. The first run of the game was then walked in with only one out in the game. The sophomore hurler calmed down and escaped the inning with the team only trailing 1-0.
Over an inning and a half, each team was quiet offensively. Then in the top of the third, the opponent added another run to the board as a man advanced home on a passed ball to put the Vaqueros (18-16, 2-5 WAC) up 2-0 through three innings.
After a one-two-three inning for both sides in the fourth, the Aggie bats responded in the bottom of the fifth. With Tristen Carranza on second and only one out, Mason Fishback crushed a ball over the center field wall to tie the game up at two. Brent Sakurai followed that up with a triple to right field and the senior was brought home on a single up the middle by Jason Bush to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead through five.
Bradish held the opposition scoreless over his final two innings and the NM State bats then added to their lead. The bottom of the seventh inning saw Marcus Still single to left field and score one run. A balk, wild pitch and an errant throw from the catcher on the play brought the New Orleans native home to put the Aggies up 6-2.
Matthew McHugh then came in the game in relief and shut the visitors down in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half of the inning the Vaqueros went to the bullpen with only one out and runners on second and third for NM State. A single through the left side brought the two runs across the plate. The Aggies tacked on two more on a passed ball and fielder’s choice and took a 10-2 lead, which stood as the final score.
Bradish picked up the win and moved to 5-0 on the year. Offensively NM State had three batters record multiple hits with Still, Fishback and Sakurai each recording two. FIshback also led the team with four RBI.
The two squads will play the second game of the series on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. on Presley Askew Field. The contest can be heard on 91.5 FM KRUX with Adam Young on the call.