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Baseball Game Recaps

Aggie Baseball Wins First Game Of Long Road Trip

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

RENO, NV - The New Mexico State baseball team started the long road trip with a 6-4 win over Nevada at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev., Friday, April 4.

Behind the arm of starting pitcher Tyler Sturdevant (Littleton, Colo.), the Aggies go to 14-13 and 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference, putting them in first place. Studevant threw six complete innings, struck out three batters and gave up only one run.

"I felt like I got stronger as the game went on," Sturdevant said. "Our offense produced enough to get us the win."

NMSU scored six runs on seven hits and committed only one error, while the Wolf Pack crossed the plate four times on 10 hits and committed two errors.   Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 03/26/08 :: Baseball Update

The Aggie baseball team lost 13-1 to UNM tonight at Isotopes Park. The Aggies got a leadoff triple and scored one run in the first inning but it was the last run the Aggies would score. The Aggies had a tough night on the mound as well giving up runs in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Aggies had a rough outing to start the fourth inning giving up three walks on 12 pitches.The Lobos scored six runs in the inning an went up 10-1. Offensively the Aggies had only five hits and every ball that they put into play was hit at someone.

The loss drops the Aggies to 10-11 on the season and also wraps up the inaugural Rio Grande Rivalry race for the 2007-2008 season in favor of UNM. The loss puts the Lobos ahead in the standings 12.75 - 6.75.

The Aggies return to action this weekend when they host Texas-Pan American at Presley Askew Field.

The Daily Aggie :: 03/25/08 :: Rio Grande Rivalry Baseball Update

The Aggie baseball team defeated the Lobos at Isotopes Park by a final score of 15-2. The late afternoon light made the ball difficult to see and the first two Aggie hitters struck out. The Aggies weren't hitting the ball hard in the early part of the game but with each at ensuing at bat, the contact the Aggie batters were getting on the ball was a little more crisp and it you could tell that it was just a matter of time until the Aggie offense would explode. The Aggies gave up one run in the bottom of the first inning but solid pitching and a couple of strong defensive plays kept the Aggies in the game over the next five innings and the Aggies trailed just 1-0 heading into the sixth inning. In the sixth inning the Aggies put six runs on the board to grab the lead. The Aggies followed that up with six runs in the seventh inning to take a 12-1 lead. The Lobos would add a meaningless run in the bottom of the seventh but the Aggies came back in the eight and Gavin Heinemann drilled a three run home run to left field to push the score to 15-2.

As we mentioned earlier, the Aggies got a strong outing from starter Oliver Webster who went five innings and gave up just one earned run on three hits. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lobos had men on 2nd and 3rd with no one out and Webster came up with three straight outs to get out of the jam and keep the score 1-0.

The key play of the game defensively for the Aggies was a diving catch by center fielder Joe Scaperotta in the bottom of the third to take away a basehit from the leadoff hitter Scott Gracey. The Lobos went down 1-2-3 in the inning and for a team that had committed 26 errors the previous week, the play was a welcome sight.

The Aggies will face the Lobos again Wednesday and will look to even the season series at two games apiece. The victory by the baseball team is also the first points for the Aggies in the Rio Grande Rivalry Series since the swimming and diving team's victory over the Lobos back in January.

Aggies Split Series With Ball State

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team scored the most runs since the 2006 team set the Aggie record for runs in a game with 37, but fell to Ball State 26-25 at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, March 2.

On a windy afternoon, NMSU put up all 25 runs in the first five innings of play, but were shut down in the final four innings. The Cardinals just kept chopping away at the Aggie lead and topped it off with a five run ninth inning to take the lead and win the game.

The balls kept flying out of the yard with a total of seven home runs hit on the day. Senior Joseph Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.) hit the first bomb of the day over the right field wall for two RBI.

The Cardinals scored six runs in the second, six in the third and three in the fourth before the Aggies would put up nine in the bottom of the fourth to take a 20-15 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Splits First Double-Header Of The Season

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team split the season's first double-header of the year as they beat Ball State 24-19 in game one and fell 12-6 in game two at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, March 1.

Marcos Rosales (Gilbert, Ariz.) hit a home run in the second inning to lead a six run charge that put the Aggies up 6-1 after the third inning. The Ball State pitchers found some rhythm to hold NMSU scoreless in five straight innings and crossed the plate 11 times to take a 12-6 lead. Head coach Rocky Ward knew it would be tough get out of the hole late in the game.

"We keep digging ourselves in holes and it seems like we are always have to come from behind," Ward said. "We just can't keep doing that."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Holds Off Ball State 8-7

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

Also See: Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 02/25/08

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team held off Ball State to win 8-7 at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M. Friday, Feb. 29.

The Aggies were able to put up enough runs and get enough pitching to hold off a Cardinal comeback and start the season 3-1. Ball State falls to 2-3 early on the season and fall behind in the four game series against the Aggies. Head coach Rocky Ward was happy with his pitching staff and glad his team hit the ball the way they did.

"We were able to work their pitchers and forced them to use a lot of their bullpen in the first game of the series," Ward said. "We had a pretty good offensive day and it's a good thing that five of our hits were extra-base hits."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU vs. New Orleans Game Two Photos

Another Comeback Victory For Aggie Baseball

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

Also See: Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 02/20/08

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team put together a five-run inning to pick up their second come from behind victory in as many days against New Orleans at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M., Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Aggies (2-0) were down 7-6 coming into the bottom of the eighth when five different players scored off of some good team offense. Head coach Rocky Ward surprised some people when he bunted a couple of times in the inning to move players into scoring position.

"We were lucky enough that New Orleans made a mistake on the Leghorn bunt to move the runners," Ward said. "It's awkward to have one of the best hitters on the team bunt, but Leghorn is also one of the best bunters on the team and we needed to take advantage of that."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Scaperotta's Slam Powers Aggie Baseball Team To Opening Day Victory

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

Also See: Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 02/20/08

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Coming into the season, many were aware that the New Mexico State Aggies would lean heavily on Joe Scaperotta. On Friday afternoon, the senior centerfielder didn't disappoint.

Scaperotta's grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning catapulted NMSU to a 12-11 win over the University of New Orleans, giving the Aggies a victory on opening day of the 2008 baseball season.

Scaperotta came to the plate with the bases loaded, nobody out and with New Orleans nursing an 11-8 lead. He took left-hander Matt Brown deep to the opposite field on a 3-1 fastball, putting NMSU up a run.

Tyler Sturdevant pitched the final four innings to pick up the win for the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>