NMSU Baseball Drops Game Two Against GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team Hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent Grand Canyon University for the second game of their weekend series on Saturday. The day game saw the Aggies have trouble advancing the runners in game two and the team dropped the contest, 7-2.

How it happened
NM State (26-18, 11-3 WAC) started sophomore Kyle Bradish for the two o’clock showdown against GCU (21-21, 15-2 WAC) southpaw Jake Repavich. Each hurler kept the bats quiet in the first two innings with Bradish tossing back-to-back one-two-three outings and the Aggies leaving three men on to keep the score at 0-0.

In the top of the third, the Aggie starter lost control of his pitches and threw eight straight balls to walk a pair and load the bases with two outs. After a meeting at the mound, the sophomore walked the next batter which brought in the first run of the game for the Lopes. In the following at-bat, a single up the middle scored a pair and GCU led NM State 3-0.

Each team left a runner stranded in the fourth to hold the score, but with two outs in the fifth inning GCU’s Garrison Schwartz hit a two-run home run over the center field wall to extend the visitors lead.

NM State responded in the bottom half when a single up the middle by Austin Botello brought home Brian Kiser and Brent Sakurai to cut into the deficit.

The pitchers for each squad made easy work of the opposing bats in the sixth going three-up and three-down. Top seven, the Lopes scored a man from third on a ground out to second base. Then with men on first and second with two outs, the Aggies went to the bullpen and brought in Dalton Shalberg to close out the frame.

Leading 6-2 in the ninth, the opposition added an insurance run when a single through the left side scored the man from third. NM State looked to rally in the ninth with two men on and only one out but the team grounded into a double play, their fourth of the game, to lose the WAC contest 7-2.

Bradish (6-1) was charged with the loss and Repavich got the win for the Lopes after tossing 8.1 innings of work on the day. Offensively the Aggies finished with nine hits which featured three players – Brent Sakurai, Austin Botello and Mason Fishback – with multiple base knocks.

New Mexico State baseball closes out the weekend series against GCU on Sunday, April 30, at noon on Presley Askew Field. The game can also be heard on 91.5 FM KRUX with Adam Young on the call.