Nevada Falls 6-3 In Game Two At New Mexico State
Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State University(14-17, 4-4 WAC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on to defeat the University of Nevada(17-15, 2-3 WAC) in the second game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday night. The weekend series is tied at 1-1 after the Wolf Pack won 15-0 on Friday. The Pack is now 17-15 on the season and 2-3 in WAC play while the Aggies improved to 14-17 and 4-4 in conference play.
NMSU scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to take the early 1-0 lead when left fielder Tyler Hardt delivered a two-out single that scored shortstop Richard Stout who started the inning with a single. In the bottom of the third inning center fielder Joseph Scaperotta hit a two run home run and the Aggies led 3-0. Scaperotta’s sixth home run of the season scored catcher Joe Leghorn who started the inning with a single. In the bottom of the fifth inning Stout was hit by pitch and eventually scored on first baseman Marcus Quade’s two-out RBI single and it was 4-0.
The Pack closed the gap to one run scoring three times in the top of the sixth inning. Designated hitter Jacob Kaup walked and right fielder Dan Eastham followed with single that chased Aggie starter Noah Garza from the game. Pinch hitter Matt Suleski hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Dillon Smith off the left center field wall for a triple to score both runners. Suleski scored on catcher Konrad Schmidt’s single to make it a one run game a 4-3.
The Aggies tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning with the help of one Pack error. Scaperotta again drove in two runs with a bases loaded single up the middle to make the final score 6-3. In the top of the ninth inning second baseman David Ciarlo singled but the next three hitters were retired as NMSU won for the first time versus
Starter Rod Scurry(0-5) suffered the loss allowing four runs, three earned on seven hits in five innings as he fell to 0-5. Scurry struck out a career-high seven in the game. Garza(2-2) got the win allowing two runs on four hits in five innings on the mound. Brian Gausman(1) earned his first save of the season pitching three scoreless innings.
Kort(2-for-5), Ciarlo(2-for-4), and Schmidt each had two hits to lead the Pack while Suleski drove in a two of the team’s three runs with his triple.
Scaperotta(3-for-5,R,4RBI) was the hitting star for the Aggies with three hits and four RBI.
The final game of the series will be played on Sunday morning at 11:05 a.m. MT sat Presley Askew Field in