game twenty six
Goal: New Mexico 7, New Mexico State 4
Recordings: NM State (11-15, 3-9 WAC); New Mexico (13-16)
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico (Presley Askew Field)
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – The NM State baseball team looked to bounce back and even the Rio Grande’s rivalry with New Mexico before falling Tuesday night, 7-4. The Aggies still have a chance to split the season series with their state rivals when they travel to Albuquerque on May 10-17.
The Aggies came up on the board with a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead early in the ball game. Cal Villareal got the score with a single to shortstop, scoring Gunner Antillon of third base.
In the third inning, the Lobos hit for three runs on a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly.
Both teams would remain in a holding pattern, maintaining a 3-1 score until the eighth inning. The Aggie bullpen was stellar on Tuesday night as Frank Dickson IV, Cade Swensonand Brendon Rodriguez combined to keep the Lobos under control for 4.0 innings. The first Lobo in the eighth inning homered to make it 4-1 before Hayden John installed in.
In the bottom half of the inning, the first three batters of the inning reached the Aggies on a pair of singles and a hit per pitch. Edwin Martinez-Pagani bounced into a fielder’s pick before moving to second on a throwing error by the second baseman. Both Logan Gallina and Ryan Grabosch scored on the play, bringing NM State within one. Brandon Dieter tackled the tying run on a sacrificial fly to right field, easily scoring Martinez-Pagani from third.
Seeking to keep Lobo’s formation at bay and give the home side a fighting chance, Alex Bustamante returned to work on the ninth. Bustamante retired the lone batter he faced in the eighth to pull the Aggies out of a jam. The Lobos found their groove and recorded a ninth three-pointer – All coming on a punt double to right field.
Grabosch singled in the ninth inning and advanced to second on a passed ball, but Aggie’s catcher’s efforts failed and the home team blocked him at second base.
- Logan Gallina and Ryan Grabosch combined for five hits in the middle of the Aggie lineup with Grabosch recording a trio of hits.
- NM State and New Mexico each had 11 hits in the baseball game.
- Frank Dickson IV, Cade Swensonand Brendon Rodriguez combined for 4.0 scoreless relief innings.
- Gunner Antillon went 1-4 with a run scored on his return to the Aggie lineup. Antillon had not played since March 18 at Dixie State due to injury.
- Tied after eight innings, the Aggies saw their record fall to 0-2.
On the bridge
NM State will be back in action at Presley Askew Field this weekend against Sacramento State. In a WAC West clash, the Aggies will be looking to gain ground, starting Friday night at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will include the first pitches at noon.
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